The Nobel of Rabndranath Tagore, the first Indian to win a Nobel went missing in 2004 which has not been since and though the original medal was replaced with a replica later, the original hasn’t been found. The C.B.I even closed the case in 2009 after failing to solve the case. This incident brought shame not only in the life of Bengalis and Bengal as Tagore is one of our greatest icons, but also to India.
Nobel Chor, a film by Suman Ghosh (after his Dwando) is actually a fictional account of the incident. You just have to think of the film as a film. You can not think of it in any other way as the film will not actually make you think.
The film actually begins in docu style with several eminent people from various fields being shown to show their dismay at the turn around events after the theft. Soon after the film starts by showing by showing Bhanu, an illiterate villager living with his wife and son who stumbles upon the Nobel one day. He takes to the headmaster who is shocked to see what Bhanu has chanced upon. On his advice, Bhanu lands up in Kolkata to hand it over to the C.M with a reference letter written by the headmaster. After meeting Jeet, what happens to Bhanu’s life is expected. He comes across thugs, memorabilia collectors, private individuals who take him to be cash cow and last but not the least, the police. Hope and happiness turns into despair and dilemma. Perhaps the only character who stands by him is the private individual’s wife who understands his situation.
The film shows us the mentality of the villagers, the great divide between a city and a village and how easily people jump to conclusions and imagine things to be though they are not. That includes the role of the police who are quite inefficient and turn punisher rather than protector of the society. It also tells us as to how the system works in our country and how one should not involve one self in any matter as it simply leads to complications. The film does not offer any solutions to the theft, rather it just tells us as how things might be if an innocent man like Bhanu did ever get involved. The role of the police and C.M is quite strange. One fails to understand as to how orders to shot at sight were given? There was no proper investigation and yet Bhanu becomes the thief just because he finds the Nobel?
The film doesn’t have any recall value and initially it is the pace which might be a stumbling block, but thank God, it is not too long.