Sometimes films are made which are a copy of the original, but what if an interpretation is indeed well made ? Riingo’s latest film ‘Na Hannayate’ is an interpretation of ‘Aftershock ‘,a 2010 Chinese film. Just like the original, there is also an earthquake which takes place in 1976 in Samastipur (in the original, the Tangshan Earthquake was known) and shatters a family of four-a man, his wife, his son and his daughter. The man expires in the earthquake and the wife has to choose between one of her children as both of them are buried under the rubble. She takes the call and the son survives, the daughter manages to hear the mother’s voice and yet survives without the mother knowing so. The daughter is later adopted by a Muslim family from Kolkata and they dote on her. The daughter is forever haunted by her mother’s decision. She is also a single mother now. Her brother, the simpleton, meanwhile has got married and has a child as several years have passed . Now it is 2012 and a tragic accident brings the brother and sister together. The brother takes the sister to the mother and they are reunited.
Here the mother is called Jui(played by Rupa Ganguly), the brother Ratan (played by Rahul) and the sister Shiuli played by debutante Sayani Dutta. Debshankar Haldar and Chaiti Ghoshal play the Muslim couple who adopt Shiuli.
The film is a tragic portrayal of how two natural disasters can destroy a family and yet even reunite the family. It shows that you can fight with nature and it is beyond the control of everyone. It also tells us that life forces us to take the most difficult decisions at critical junctures of our lives which might be very harsh and just can’t be forgotten, in fact at times one has to repent. Just like the original , the film is a highly dramatic look at how nature plays havoc with a family and completely shatters it, yet somewhere there is a silver lining. It is very poignant and with much reason. It is a brave effort to portray such a subject which is very alien for Bengali cinema. After Abaseshey, Rupa Gangly again shines as Jui, the mother who loses it all, yet regains something in the end as she leads a life full of guilt throughout. Rahul who plays her son, Ratan, a simpleton is a natural when it comes to such roles and is good. Deb Shankar Haldar and Chaiti Ghoshal who play the Muslim couple are also good. The star of the film is probably debutante Sayani Dutta who plays Shiuli. Her body language, her expressions are certainly not of a debutante and as Shiuli who just can’t forget her mother not choosing her over her brother- a shattering, disturbing thought which remains in the daughter’s mind even after so many years, she is excellent. The subject matter is very tough and needed a competent cast to do the job and they have done it creditably. The camera work is interesting. The colour texture is also interesting because it is light and sepia toned at times . The music is also a plus point including the background score the credit for which should go to Dibyendu who also appears in a bit role in this film and has been rechristened as Sriram Yousuf and makes his debut as a music director. It is very apt and very unlike a Bengali film.
The credit should definitely go to Riingo for taking courage to direct a such a film and making it well even if it is an inspiration. It is indeed a very humane film. There are maybe a couple of question marks in the film as to how Ratan has a roaring travel-related business considering what he was into and it did seem as if the time frame didn’t match with certain things in that period within 2000-2010, but maybe it can be overlooked.