There are two kinds of director: Those who have the public in mind when they conceive their films and those who don’t consider the public at all. For the former, cinema is an art of spectacle, for the later it is an individual adventure. There is nothing intrinsically better about one or the other; it is simply matter of different approaches. For Haranath Chakraborty, a film has not succeeded unless it is a success, that is, unless it touches the public that one has had in mind right from the moment of choosing the subject matter to the end of the production.
Haranath’s latest work ‘Bajimaat’ was launched with great deal of fanfare. Everyone has led to believe that Haranath whose hallmark as a commercial director has been the newness of his subject matter was here, once again, all set to explore an entirely different territory with a fresh cast (Soham and Subhashree) and a bold business treatment.
Subject matter of Haranath’s film “Bajimaat’ is inner world of T.V reality show: conspiracy, s.m.s, business and suffering and actual talent. In ‘Bajimaat’ protagonist Suvra (Soham), is one of this type of suffering. Suvra’s fighting for achieve to crown of ‘Singer Of Bengal’ with the help of his, lower middle class family, sacrifice of his fiancé Jhilik (Subhashree) and the godfather Sanjay Sen, C.E.O of music talent hunt.
No doubt, ‘Bajimaat’ has contemporary in its very theme and not on the surface. Actually director Haranath Chakraborty had a made a fine use of dramatic irony; but not dramatic truth has been distorted for wishfulment of the audience. Inner world of reality show is the chocolate coating of a pure fresh melodrama. May be, Haranath Chakraborty’s ‘Bajimaat’ is a kind of imposter, a gimcrack indulging in smug pretentiousness and well fed hypocrisy not ‘Bajimaat’ arrests attention of mass-audience.
‘Bajimaat’ is full of songs but not musical. Music is OK, the acting and photography is superior that average Bengali film. And ‘Bajimaat’ is spectacle.