When was the last time a Bengali film was made which is a Muslim social? Maybe, never ever before. When was the last time a film(it is a Muslim social, but has few Hindu characters as well) was made which has a strong social message and actually educates the community? Again , probably never before.
Bhalobashar 2nd Marriage which has released this week has probably been released this week keeping in mind that Eid is just few days away. The community which is considered to be backward due to lack of education and conservative is also known for it’s hatred toward women. The men have always been known to suppress the women folk as educating them or giving them a chance might make them their equals and the women folk might even upstage the men which they will not tolerate at any cost. Therefore this particular film is in fact a sort of an eye opener for the society and for the men in particular(of this community) and quite a few male members of the community might hate this film by all means.
This film is exactly about how a particular girl takes the upper hand against her husband and is in fact supported by her grandfather-in-law! When Mansur, Aamir’s grandfather decides to get Aamir who is a vagabond and just spends his time doing social service married to Nazneen, Aamir is against it as he wants to get married to Muskaan. Getting married to Muskaan also doesn’t help as he remains as same as ever. Muskaan decides to teach him a lesson to mend his ways, but before that there is an altercation one day which ends in a talaq and she goes away. Aamir starts pining for her, but can’t get her back as according to the Muslim Shariyat, she has to marry someone else and get divorced before she can remarry him. She gets married to his grandfather of all people which later on turns out to be a ploy just to get him back on track in life as nothing of that sort happens. Aamir in the meantime has already become a responsible person.
As mentioned earlier,a lot of male members of the community might not like this film where the women folk are shown to be getting an upper hand. The story is absolutely different from other films and both the director and the producer(who happen to be brothers) should be lauded to show courage in making such a film. The film has it’s ’commercial’ moment as well(a moment where something takes place which should take place in a commercial film, not an ‘social’ or an ‘art’ film like this) where Aamir takes the stance which is usually taken by heroes in action films and starts beating the goons up. The lead pair has acted well as has the other cast members as well(Kushal Chakrabarty is seen in a role in which he has never been seen before), however things get a little stretched when Aamir’s friends start looking for a husband for Muskaan and that required to be cut short a little by some editing.
Therefore rather than being a Muslim social, this film is a social film for all communities which enlightens one and all.