Anjan Das seems to be an expert when it comes to convert a literary piece into celluloid's poetry. He created cinematic poetry with Jara Brishtite Bhijechilo. And now, it's Banshiwala.
Penned by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay originally, the screenplay has been written by Das himself. The story revolves around Mridul and his his childhood friend Nipa. Though a bit unconvincing at times, Shayan has portrayed the character of Mridul extremely well. The slow pace of the film goes well with the mood and the character begins to grow in the audience's mind. The seemingly useless subplot of Ruku and childhood memories of Nipa and Mridul signifies how grief can make two people's souls come together. The dream sequences and illusion scenes are fantastically executed,especially the candle-lit where Mridul recollects his memories of childhood. The camera work of Asim Bose is a real treat for the eye. Indrani Haldar and Koushik Sen portray their characters with finesse.
But one of the real assets of the film is its music. With a baul song and one Nazrulgeeti, the audience carries it on their heart and soul long after they leave the hall. The music of the flute is used in a way never seen in modern times.
The film ends with a surreal scene and keeps the audience thinking: Will he come back?
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