'Srijit Mukherji delivers his third baby' - This was the reputation of HEMLOCK SOCIETY till date. Which easily indicates that the whole Bengal was expecting hugely from the movie. Srijit Mukherji has earned huge respect till now as "AUTOGRAPH" & "BAISHE SRABON" were path-breaking and imperishable. Srijit is a man of innovation, distinction and perfection and the theme of HEMLOCK SOCIETY looked just like them. Making a society that tells you how to suicide successfully is a brilliant idea to come up with it. But that's not the main story. The society is just a fun thing that looks like a pretty strange thing that accelerates your curiousness. The prime matter lies someplace else.
The whole story is about the redemption of the lost soul of Meghna (Koel Mallick) a very different girl and hard to be understood by everyone. Her father Chittaranjan Basu (Dipankar Dey) and her step mother (Rupa Ganguly) makes her feelings hurt as her mother is dead. Shantanu (Saheb Bhattacharya) who was everything to her life, ditches her. She got fired. There was nothing left for her to live until she met Ananda Kar (Parambroto Chatterjee) who runs an organization named 'Hemlock Society' where proper education for a successful suicede is given. After joining it, Meghna finds that the reason of her suicide are nothing against others.
Even the society is highlighted mostly but the main story is about the recovery of Meghna's fused soul. The society sequences are extremely funny at times and cabbalistic and allusive in certain moments like the workshop between Siddhartha Roy (Shilajit), Cornell (Soumitra Chatterjee), Priyanka Roy & Meghna or the sequence between Ananda & Meghna when Ananda confesses everything. An extraordinarily good soundtrack by Anupam Roy is icing on the cake irrespective of not being situational. Tracks like "Jol Phoring", "Ekhon Onek Raat" & "Phiriye Dewar Gaan" are melodious. If you listen to "Phiriye Dewar Gaan" then you can understand that it's somehow related to the situation.
Srijit's outstanding direction is the winner among everything. Even both the story and script is written by him, it clearly can be seen that he has mastered nearly every subject . First Drama , then thriller and now Comedy which holds an important role in 'Hemlock Society'. Mostly 'Hemlock Society' is about the art of making a mockery of Death and proving that it can't never be bigger than Life. The suicide techniques, lectures on importance of a successful suicide, what can happen if you fail to suicide - everything is metaphorical on the whole and weirdly funny. The story had its genuineness and wit but the script was a bit draggy at first part and at the end of the second part. The sequences of classes and workshops at Hemlock Society were entertaining but the climax could have been much better.
Another thing which is the most advantageous ingredient of the movie is its dialogues. Srijit's witty and at the same time metaphorical dialogues were top notch. There are no one-liners but many of them are humorous and intelligent.
Soumik Haldar's cinematography was very innovative as we can see many unsteady camera moves as well as some skillful postures like spinning and quick frame changes. But they were brilliant. Bodhaditya Banerjee's editing is nice. Background Music by Indradeep Dasgupta is phenomenal.
This one is undoubtedly Parambrata Chatterjee's best work till date. Ananda's character portraits humor, frankness, simplicity, jolliness and optimism in every single bit of it. Parambrata carries out the role marvelously with leaving a surprise. The movie is centered on Koel's character notwithstanding Parambrata leaves a remarkable performance throughout.
This one is not they type of movie that Koel mostly stars. But leaving huge astonishment to the viewers Koel delivers an exceptional performance. Meghna's world was dark and solitary and that reflected beautifully in Koel's rending.
Dipankar Dey was amazing in Meghna's father's role. And so was Rupa Ganguly as Meghna's step mother. Saheb impresses even though his role was small. Shilajit was a huge surprise as he acted beautifully. Others in guest appearances like Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Raj Chakraborty, Priyanka, Bratya Basu, Biswajit Chakraborty, Barun Chanda, Sudeshna Roy were fantastic. Anindita Bose was good in her role. Jeet's cameo brought many claps, shouts and 'ceetee's. We can see Srijit himself as Dr. Khasnobish who was an expert of consulting how to suicide through pills.
'Hemlock Society' is start-to-end a metaphoric tale on 'Suicide' V/s. 'Will To Live'. Just like Kenshin Himura said that "Nothing Is Stronger Than The Will To Live", 'Hemlock Society' makes a good example on the futility and weakness of 'Death'. But as a movie it lacks entertainment, competence and moments to be remembered. It's not a bad movie at any cost, it's definitely good but the weakest one by Srijit till now.
On the whole 'Hemlock Society' is some kind of weird classic. It has great performances, proficient storytelling, outstanding music and well-handled direction but lacks some certain provisions that spoils the good factors atrociously.