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Goynar Baksho  (2013 - Bengali)

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Goynar Baksho cumulative rating: 3.35 out of 53.35/5 (70 users)

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  • Goynar Baksho - The box full of fun

    Goynar Baksho rating: 8 out of 10(saswato chatterjee wrote on 13 Apr 2013)

    Another gem added to Aparna Sen's own Jewellery box of creations with the neat presentation, based on a story, written by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. The story revolves around an untimely widow and her treasured possession, the 'Goynar Baxo' which is being passed on to three generations of her family for noble purposes. This wasn't easy for 'Pishima' (Mousumi Chatterjee)as, the box was the center of her world after the death of her husband, when she was only 12. Even after her death, she haunts her next generation, to ensure, it does not fall in the wrong hands and got sold in the market, along with other articles of the household, to meet the court expenses of, a family property dispute. She trusts the box with Somlata (Konkona Sensharma), but was furious when she discovered Somlata leveraged some of her jewellery to start up a business for her husband (Saswata Chatterjee). She curses Somlata at first but was highly pleased when she found out the saree store that was set up was named after her. Everything was going fine till a mysterious man (Koushik Sen) was found stalking Somlata on her way back home. When Pishima insisted Somlata to get involved with the man in the non platonic sense, she refused but on repeated insists, she met him on her way back home. Later it was found out that, the man was a poet and he had committed suicide owing to an unsuccessful affair with Somlata. 10 months after the incident Somlata's daughter Chaitali (Srabonti Chatterjee), the narrator of the story, was born. Somlata was astonished when she found out Chaitali looked much alike Pishima. Pishima, who at first was only visible to Somlata, is now visible only to Chaitali and Somlata who thought Chaitali to be the reincarnation of Pishima, handed over the 'Goynar Baxo' to her, stating everything is in order. When Chaitali was a college student, East Pakistan's war of independence broke out. It was found out, Chaitali was in a romantic relationship with one of the supporters of the freedom fighters. She doubts how long for the freedom fighters could continue to be in war with no back up. It was then Pishima handed over the jewellery box to Chaitali for their support.

    Superb acting performance by Konkona Sensharma and Mousumi Chatterjee blended them in with their respective characters. The Pishima Somlata duo adds the comic elements to the film with Pishima's notorious activities and Stammering Somlata's shy nature. Besides them, all the other actors have done their best job, especially Paran Bandyopadhyay and Saswata Chatterjee.

    Regarding music, for the first time ever perhaps, two raps in Bangal Bhasha was introduced in a bengali movie and it was blended perfectly as a conversation. Nothing much to do for Debajyoti Mishra in backgroud scoring and the other tracks were also not much impressive.

    The cinematography was good as always with the other Aparna Sen films. Rabiranjan Maitra was good with his editing too. Overall, a film worth the money - MUST WATCH.

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