When Bengali cinema is trying to unveil different genres, Director Anindo's "Chaplin" comes as a big surprise since it is unique in all respects: it has a brilliant storyline, brilliant performances, brilliant direction, brilliant music - it can easily outshine many of its contemporary arthouse films in terms of excellence.
The film dwells on the eternal relationship between father and son. The relation, which binds a father with his son, is unique and natural, and a loving and caring father is prepared to shield his dear son from the adversaries of life, even willing to miss his chance of earning a fortune - it delivers a remarkable story.
The story revolves around Bongshi, a bustee man who dresses as Charlie Chaplin and earns his bread by performing in theaters or occasion houses. He lives with his son Nimua, whose mother is no more, and the beautiful dad-son relation, their bonding, are displayed through "senseless" dialogues like "Sumsum botubotu" - these may apparently be mindless to a civilized literate person but are the words that form the bond between the two poor creatures.
Padmanava Dasgupta has proved once again that he is a script-writer with a difference, after Le Chakka. His story will grip you from the beginning to the end, and the unexpected turn of events will send a shiver down your spine. Indeed, the story is fantastic. I shall not divulge the story here since then you'll lose all interest of watching the movie, which is right there on Youtube.
Rudraneil is by far the best actor I have seen. Those of you who have watched or will watch the movie, will undoubtedly nod in approval that his character of Chaplin and his role in general could not have been portrayed any better. He is, to me, better than some well-established great actors of his age, in the industry.
Child artiste Sohom is by far the best child actor I have ever seen, be it Indian cinema or be it world cinema. He holds tremendous potential and in the near future, we will see him as a splendid actor.
Srijit as actor? He is a very good director, we know. But he has presented such a brilliant performance that he cannot be considered any less than many actors today. Specially look out for the portion where he goes to Rudranil's house and converses with him. That was the best part of his acting.
Another performance by the woman lead actor (I can't remember her name) is also very good. She is restrained and does full justice to her role.
Performance by Mir is a treat to watch. Supporting actors too have delivered sincere performances. Performance wise, it is one of the best movies in Bengali contemporary cinema.
Direction, well...BRILLIANT! The way the story has been said is truly commendable. Anindo should work on more films like this. He should be a critically acclaimed director like Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Srijit Mukherjee. He is one of those directors Bengali cinema heavily requires.
Kaushiki Desikan's song is soul-stirring and this song is undoubtedly her best work. Shaan also did well.
Photography - again a treat!
Last but not the least, if you have nothing else to do but criticise the film, do it for the slangs used. But, dear critics, you surely won't expect slum people, illiterate poor people, speaking cultural Rabindrasangeet!?
It is, surely, one of the top-rated movies of Bengali parallel cinema. Hats off to Rudranil! I hope he'll give some tough competition to the other actors. And I won't be surprised if he bags a National Award for the cinema. He has been flawless and so has been the film.