• Antaheen and Ekti Tarar Khonje-both very good yet so different .If the first one was about human relationships, it is very difficult to say the genre of the latter. The lead character of the film is Abhi, a starry eyed young girl who lands up in Kolkata to be an actor. He is someone whom we have all seen or might have known .He stays in a rented place and falls in love with the landlord’s niece, Rani.He unknowingly becomes part of the mafia and can not come out of it which he confesses to Rani.In the meantime he also gets to act in a film as the second lead. One day the leader of the mafia blows himself up along with the building from where they used to operate. The ending is a very interesting one and is not to be revealed till one sees the film.
This is Avik Mukherjee’s first film as a director. He has been the cinematographer of Antaheen earlier so it is expected that the cinematography of the film is going to be better than the rest. He also makes every member of the cast act very well.Dibyendu as one of the gang members is excellent. The music is very good.Shaan has sung most of the songs and there is even a Rabindrasangeet, Sakhi Kahare’ sung by Jayati.The music director is Prabuddha Banerjee who had earlier composed the music for ‘Via Darjeeling’.Arpita (Prasenjit’s wife) makes a comeback after seven years and does a good job.Aniruddha Roychoudhury, the director of Antaheen is just the producer this time around and again excels.Dhritiman as Anandada is good though not eccentric enough as he is supposed to be eccentric. After Hitlist, again he appears in this film in an interesting role.Rudranil is okay and does come up with a few one liners. There is a some profanity in the film which could have been avoided considering this is an Aniruddha Roychoudhury film (In this case he has produced the film).The film has been shot on a RED Camera for the very first time in a Bengali film and it is expected that the quality of the camera work will be a notch higher. Films like Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Che’, ‘Shutter Island’ by Martin Scorsese have also been shot with a RED camera. Also more footage could be taken and the post production work could also take place in Kolkata.Shayan Munshi and Arpita are a new couple out of the blue and they look okay. This is Shayan’s second Bengali film after Bong Connection and he looks just the right part for Abhi, a young guy who comes to a big city to make his dreams come true, but had Shayan been made to play a proper criminal, one feels he might have not done justice as he does not have that look. Since Shayan is a chocolate faced hero, at times it seems as if Arpita is older than him and that can be a minus point.
Arghya Kamal Mitra does some good editing.