After “Achin Pakhi”, Banshiwala is the second release of director Anjan Das this year. Though his another film “Bedeni” is also complete, but possibly this won’t release this year. So in a single year Anjan has made hurriedly three quick films. This hurry is clearly evident in his both the films this year.
“Banshiwala” is adopted from Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s novel. During adoption any film maker has every right to change accordingly. Das has also changed quite a lot. But this change gets the film more difficult. Except the character of silent admirer of Lakshmi (Indrani Haldar), played by Koushik Sen, none of the charactering are clearly established.
Why Mridul (Sayan Munshi) coming from London to sell his ancestral house changes his mind is not clear. It is also not clear why Nipa (Paoli Dam), his next door neighbour and childhood friend falls in love with Mridul and suddenly allows him to kiss her is also not known. Ever the attitude of Lakshmi’s father (Soumitra Chatterjee) towords Mridul is very peculiar as he is the person who knows that the reason behind the tragedy of her daughter is Mridul’s elder brother. Whom the director never shows for a single time. So, the main problem with Das’s screenplay is proper characterizations of his principle characters.
Apart from this too many dream sequences (or hallucination) and too long trolley movements make the screenplay too slow.
Sayan Munshi has tried hard to portray a London-returned Bengali youth and he has succeeded a bit. Indrani Haldar is brilliant in patches, Koushik Sen is very good but Paoli Dam seems know nothing about why she is there, and Soumitra Chatterjee is very casual in portraying a very important character.
Ashim Bose’s Camera work is very good, so as Jyotishka Dasgupta’s music.