The social and cultural awakening in 19th century Bengal saw the emergence of many reformers who through their simple teachings won the hearts of the masses.Many of them starting from Vidyasagar to Vivekananda has achieved a prominent place in the pages of Indian History.But a lot of them faded away being 'Time's Fool'.One of them is Lalan and director Goutam Ghosh has based his latest film on him.
Moner Manush based on Sunil Gangopadhaya's novel of the same name traces Lalan's life and the activities of his community of Baul singers makes a superb watch.Ghosh has shot each scene with such care that this film can be set as a burning example to be followed by other aspiring filmmakers. The cinematography by Ghosh himself is top notch. The opening sequence of a dead body wrapped up in impeccable white floating in slow-mo in the water with the mellowed hue of fading twilight at the background is remarkable.
Acting is beyond words. Prasenjit is unparalled. He has really shown his varied talents in acting skills in Housefull, Clerk,Autograph culminating in Moner Manush in which he comes too close to the spectator's heart.Paoli and Chanchal are good.Of course a director like Ghosh is always successful in bringing out the best from his ensemble cast.The music of the film is perfectly attuned to the mood of the film.