After Abhinetri and Friend, Dhakee is the 3rd directorial venture for Shatabdi Roy. This time the film seems a little bit organized and cinematic for the first time. It might be for Badal Sarkar’s cinematography. Sarkar has chosen the angles very cleverly so that it produces more than desired dramatic effect. This was absent in Shatabdi’s earlier films. The other important factors are editing and background music. Soumitra Khanra is in charge of editing. His use to flash cutting while dealing the scenes of Raja Babu (Arijit Dutta) and Panchami (Shatabdi Roy) makes the audience curious. Tanmoy Bose is the music director of the film. This choice is very obvious as the story deals with the life of a dhaak (drum) player and Bose is the renowned percussionist. His use of sound track while the urban team was performing cultural evening in the village is unique and very experimental and also very very difficult too. Particularly this sequence reveals how the modern village culture is being dramatically changed by the urban culture. The village people are more interested in cheap and regular songs-dances then dhaak (drum) or shehnai. This is most vital sequence of the film – the shots were brilliantly taken and superbly edited (apart from loosing sane shots thrice) backed up by proper sound track.
So a superb technical support makes Shatabdi’s 3rd film more cinematic. But the story line should be stronger cliché plot and treatment makes the film very very ordinary.
Nitai (Tapas Pal) is a dhakee (drummer) his father (Santu Mukhertee) was also a dhakee. When Nitai was very young he use to move along with his father. Father always told him not leave the sacred dhaak and his profession. Nitai took charge of his father’s dhaak when his father faced a massive heart attack while playing dhaak in a Durga Puja. His father died there. Since her childhood Panchami had two male friends. One, Nitai and the other Raja Babu, son of local zamindar, who is a painter from a very young age. Raja Babu had a fantasy of painting Panchami from a very early day. Even now, after Panchami being married to Nitai and Raja Babu being married to chhoto ranimaa (Sanghamitra Banerjee), that fantasy still remains.
This fantasy is there to create a tension more and more as Nitai gradually becomes jobless. Here, instead of creating more curiosity and tension this storyline makes the film more obvious. Gradually we lose our interest about the film. Because we know the film will end with a happy mode – the film will be a sensible one if Shatabdi would have been more adventurous.