Once upon a time,Marine Drive in Bombay was crowded with Bollywood cinema shooting. Then recently they shifted the entire equipment to NewYork and London with plenty of chubby Punjabis cracking horrid jokes. Then they once again came back, but this time to the rich mansions of Delhi. Thank you the director, Sujoy Ghosh tried something new in Kolkata, the city which always carried a cultural and emotional baggage with it. It's so easy to arouse the cultural complex of a Bong. The Durga Puja had offered an ideal chance for that. The story has festival running in backdrop. The director has also brilliantly portrayed the inherent laziness in a fast moving city. There where signs of influence from English movies. The story and the plot is brilliant and orginal. Unlike any other Indian cinema there's no sudden diarrhea post interval. The story is very evenly paced. Still it's a glued-to - your seat kind of cinema.When we deal with secret agents and terrorist attacks, there could have been more slickness.
Now coming to the star of the movie - Vidya Balan rocks the whole film. She is an enigma. I am qouting a friend ' Awesomeness personified, beauty , grace, charm, orginal, surreal. She has grown quite comfortable with herself. This has been showing in recent run of successful films. She has been doing films where she stole the thunder from her male counterparts. The ' Kahani' which has coincided with women's day and has brought in parallels with the feminine Gods needed a powerful woman who could carry the film on her shoulders.Vidya did make sure that the vengeful wife held her charms and grace to overpower her foe. There's no denial of feminity or It's weaknesses.Camera work is of top notch. Cinematographer Mr Setu's work has made me spellbound. He has used the Kolkata city as one of the key character of the film.A special mention for using R.D.Burman’s songs as part of background music, which is symbolic.
Saswata Chattopadhyay, in the role of Bob Biswas deserves a high five.
The narrative made me sit on the edge throughout.But Mr Ghosh, just one question Why did you have to being in Mr Bachchan? I was not 'mesmerized' with his "Akla Cholo Re or his commentary.
Thank you so very much.
Keep Rocking. Keep Jhankaring. Keep Beating.
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