If you have never seen “Decalogue #2” by Polish director Krzystof Kieslowski, then the 85 minute long “Dwando” by Suman Ghosh would seem a beautiful Bengali movie which is original idea.
But Suman has claimed the story is written by him, only the concept is borrowed from one of the commandment of the ten Biblical commandments.
Kieslowski’s “Decalogue #2” was made in 1988. Ten television films he made were based on Ten Commandments. The basic theme of “Decalogue #2” was “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” The length of the film was 57 minutes.
The story of “Decalogue #2” was like this: Dorota (Kvystyna Janda) is the faithless wife of a dying man Andrej (Olgierd Lucaszewcz). Pregnant Dorota asks her husband’s doctor (Aleksander Bardin) about the fate of her husband – whether he would live of die? Only on getting the answer she would decide whether to abort her child or not. As the father of the child is not her husband, but her fiancé. And now if you replace Dorota by Sudipta (Ananya Chatterjee), Andrej by Anik (Kaushik Sen) and Doctor by Dr. Ashoke Mukherjee (Soumitra Chatterjee), you will get Dwando by Suman Ghosh. Then why taking credit of writing the story dear Suman?
But in “Decalogue #2”, Kieslowski treated the story from the P.O.V of Dorota. Her guilt complex was the main issue. So he took the story further ahead, when Anderj came back home and thought Dorota’s child was his own child. Here Suman stopped the story only when Sudipta learns from the doctor that her husband would die within a few days, and she decides not to abort the child. So though the English title of Suman’s film is “Conflict”, there is as such no conflict and no guilt complex remains inside Sudipta at the end of the film. And hence the entire film remains meaningless.
Ananya Chatterjee in the role of Sudipta tried to give her best but if her character has no conflict or complex inside what she can do? Soumitra Chatterjee as the doctor is brilliant, I think even better than Kieslowski’s doctor. The only problem with his character is that it speaks the line of “Gita” about “sin” at the end. But from the beginning he pretended to be non-believer of God. Thus this character is also has become the victim of Suman’s contradictory & confused screenplay.
One advice to Suman: If you want to copy from a masterpiece, copy it whole heartedly. Because, to make a “Decalogue”, you have to be a genius like Kieslowski.
Barun Mukherjee’s cinematography is brilliant. Only he was not confused about what he was doing.