Janala, a film by Buddhadev Dasgupta has released after quite a while. Of late, his last three films have not seen a theatrical release yet for some reason, but now that Janala has released, hope his other two films Swapner Din and ‘Aami Yasin Aar Madhubala will also release soon.
Janala which is actually Indraneil Sengupta’s first film is about an urban couple Bimal and Meera are an urban couple though Bimal works in Purulia and Meera works in a call centre in Kolkata.An accidental visit to his old school which no longer exists makes him decide that he should do something for his alma mater.He decides to reconstruct a window through which he used to look outside and day dream. He asks the local moneylender for money, but when he doesn’t get it, he spends the money which Meera had wanted to save for their yet to be child and had taken a loan. The school authorities refuse to let him fit the window and he has to go away. Ultimately his efforts are in waste and when Meera comes to know that he has spent the money, she leaves him.
Magic realism plays an important part in Buddhadev Dasgupta .He loves to experiment with the subject matter and it is there in all his films. This film is no exception. Just like this film deals with the story of a man who wants to do something for his alma mater in his own small way because it reminds him of his childhood and also the school actually made him what he is, it actually becomes a wish which remains unfulfilled. In fact the central ‘character’ of his wish, the ‘window’ undergoes an unique journey of it’s own right from it’s construction right till it’s rejection and it’s ultimate destination , the flea market where it remains the only item unsold. Such is the tragedy of life. A simple story, yet told beautifully and brilliantly. The pathos has been handled brilliantly. Side by side you also have a character played by Tapas Pal, a petty thief who steals anything on which he can lay his hands on, including the gong of the school in the village! What a hilarious situation and also Tapas Pal is excellent. Swastika has Indraneil well and the characters played by Manoj Mitra, Shankar Chakrabarty and others help to make it more interesting with their performances.Purulia of late is being featured in Bengali films nowadays and it is again seen in this film .Indraneil plays the part of Bimal very well and looks simple enough to play the part of Bimal and his body language is good. The scene where a young Bimal answers ‘Mediterranean Sea’ when his teacher asks him what he is looking at outside the window is one of the scenes worth remembering.
The film has already done the rounds of various film festivals before being released, but unfortunately though Buddhadev Dasgupta has finally found a producer to release this film; the film will again meet with the same fate as his previous films going by the number of people present on the first day of the film’s release.