This film is probably one of the strangest films in recent times. Durga Puja is the most happening festival of the Bengalis which is spread over 5-6 days if one considers Panchami or Sasthi as puja days as well. The days are spent with much pomp ,splendour and happiness. It is the time of the year to rejoice and be with family and friends. It is a festival which unites all and perhaps no other festival could come close when we refer to festivity. There fore when a film is made which is a sort of a ‘love story’ and has the Durga Puja as the back drop or theme and has Indraneil Sengupta and Koel Mullick in the lead roles is a film which is just the ideal release before Durga Puja which is a month away, however things turn out to be different.
The film is about two childhood friends Abhi and Tuli (played by Indraneil Sengupta and Koel Mullick) and begins on a very promising note. They are the ‘bestest of friends’, closer than anyone can hope to be, but Abhi does fall in love with Tuli over a period of time which she doesn’t realise and confesses his feelings to her when she comes to town for the pujas after 3 long years. However for her , Abhi can only be her closest friend and confidante who is more than a soul mate to her but can’t be her boyfriend as she just can’t think of him in that way. Hell breaks loose when Neil, Abhi’s boyfriend lands up on Doshomi and gives her a surprise. Be prepared for a shock soon after as Abhi becomes a psycho and does the unthinkable which literally finished the film and hence the genre of the film remains the biggest puzzle.
Doshomi actually means the last day of the puja where we are forced to say bid adieu to the goddess with the hope that she will again be back tomorrow and the day is considered to be auspicious , but however the film’s shocking , weird and uncanny ending somehow completely massacres the feeling, hope and expectations with which one was viewing the film till the end came like a jolt out of the blue!
There are a few positive things about the film . The music by Debarpito is interesting and Pijush Ganguly as Tuli’s elder brother who stammers and goofs up during the play which is staged during the Durga Puja is delightful. The set locations which are in North Kolkata (inlcuding scenes which have been shot at the Puja mandap of Bagbazar Sarbajanin) are appropriate. The lead pair Indraneil and Koel do well and this is the first time where Indraneil would have got a chance to be more familiar to the masses and get close to them, however the film’s ending spoils it all for him.