It is indeed a tragedy that a film like Chupkatha which released on Friday has been released in just one theatre in Kolkata. We have seen horrendous commercial films getting released in several halls in the city just because they happen to have a high budget ,a good distribution and stars. Chupkatha doesn’t boast of any stars , but rather it boasts of people who can act among them a debutante.
The film is a very depressing tale of two people in love who can can ever express their love for each other. There is the much older married man, Sambit and there is the young medical student,Anwesha. Both are loners, both need a shoulder to lean on and share their ups and downs and thus they find solace in each other. He helps her to stand her ground when she is a student and she in return gives her company. Both find in each other the joy and happiness that have never experienced. Sometimes there are relationships which just can be defined and word which just can’t be expressed and this is exactly what happens between these two souls. The relationships just can ‘t be defined nor can words be expressed and there is no lack of love, feelings or mutual attraction for each other, yet this relationship has no future nor can feelings be expressed. This relationship has been expressed beautifully and is perhaps the highlight of the film. This relationship also has it’s finest moments years back when Sambit has a heart attack and is operated on by Anwesha who decides to do it for free as she owes that much to Sambit.Yet they part as soon as they meet as things should remain as they are.
The film is excruciatingly slow and that spoils the flow of the flow, however what saves the film till the very end are the performances. Shilajit who plays Sambit and newcomer Payel Roy simply speak with their eyes and words literally and are excellent as is Aparajita Auddy, the extremely devoted wife of Sambit whose life is centred around Sambit and his welfare. Bhaswar Chatterjee in his cameo is good as well. In certain places the music is interesting as well. In certain scenes towards the end you would think Anwesha just hasn’t aged and looks too young when Sambit ‘s son calls her pishi , however the performances will make us overlook that fact.