Cross Connection Movie Review
I was very very lucky to attend the premiere show of Cross Connection. After waiting for around 30 minutes for the movie to start, after fast introductions of the cast and crew and special appearances from Dev, Srabonti and our very own Bumba da, the reels started to roll and the movie started.
Right from the very first frame, with Emon (Rimjhim) dancing, and the harried images of Ritwick running in the rain to get some shelter over his head, the movie promised a time of the life. And i was not disappointed even for a nano-second.
The camera work is brilliant. The directors have thought good to use a hand-held camera, which has given Cross Connection an international feel.
The cinematography is excellent, the locales of Kolkata and Mondarmoni have been effectively utilized.
Music by Neel Dutt is simply mesmerizing. The song at the very beginning is so very fresh and beautiful, so are the songs by Anjan Dutt and Rupankar that come at the correct intervals. The tunes are refreshing, youthful and melodious.
Editing is fantastic. It was exceptional for a Bengali movie. Fast, slick and quick cuts and revolving images made the movie viewing enjoyable.
Hats-off to the actors. First time actor Abir Chatterjee makes the maximum impact as Vicky. He is confident, smooth and expressive. Rimjhim as Emon is awesome. Her tempers and fighting nature is sure to have the audience in splits. Payel is beautiful as Piya, with the least dialogues in the movie, but with the greatest expressions. Ritwick as Akash delivers a knockout performance. His comic timing is to look out for. Among other actors, the ones who impress are Saswata as Jams and the two gay friends of Rimjhim.
The direction is excellent. No words about that. I salute them for reviving the lost Bengali film industry to a new age of Bangla cinema. This is a cinematic genius and should be celebrated. Jai Ho!!
There are people who are giving negative reviews. I seriously do not know how and why they are doing this. Isn't this movie a million times better than (let's say) - other contemporary Mithun and Prosenjit capers that are half action and full madness without a shred of innovation?
And whatever negative reviewers say won't be sufficient because the audience of Bengal has given a DOUBLE THUMBS UP to the movie Cross Connection. Movies are made for the audience and not for the personal perusal of reviewers past the age of 40.
For them, the age group of 40 and above - they won't understand the essence of this film because it's a film of the youth by the youth.
The youth of Bengal loves Cross Connection. Period.
No second thoughts on this fact.
Be it the music, the acting, the direction, the script - everything is near flawless. Minor glitches are there, they are in all films - but Cross Connection rises above the mediocre, above the ordinary and like a phoenix which rises from the ashes, has fulfilled all expectations and exceeded them handsomely.
What we, as Bengalis, should do now is to stand up and give an ovation to the makers of fine and intelligent Bengali cinema.
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