• Shakespeare had once said if’ music is the food of love, then play on’. How rightly he had said these words as music is the solution to most of our problems at times. It can make us happy, sad; can help us to feel good even when we are a little down. It is simply the essence of our soul and rejuvenates us. Pa-Ma-Ga-Re-Sa; the current Bengali film which has been released yesterday is an excellent example of how quality music can add soul to the film which has been made very well.
It is a musical love story with three main characters and music as the theme around which the plot is woven. Samrat Sen, a talented music composer discovers Paramita, a simple girl with an outstanding voice in Shillong during a trip and decides to bring her to Kolkata so that the people can get to hear and discover her. She is unable to change herself with the modern trends and goes back to Shillong. Enter Rai (Gauri Karnik), daughter of Indian classical music maestro Surya Shekhar (Barun Chanda) whose musical leanings are contrary to those of Paromita. After a few twists and turns here and three, all’s well that ends well with Samrat being united with Paramita and Rai turning out to be Paramita’s younger half- sister. She goes back to the U.S to open her father’s music academy and starts teaching the foreigners music there. She remains unmarried.
Pa-Ma-Ga-Re-Sa (really Sa-Ma-Ga-Re-Sa), our musical quotation in reverse order is the one of the best or the best musical film to come out of Tollywood in the last 40 years. Such a clean neat film with equally compelling performances with outstanding music and songs (if you compare it with the music of any present day film) really hard to come by. To talk about the music, all of the songs are good, a few very good, and a particular song ‘Mohono Banshi’’ sung by Pritha Majumdar outstanding. Barring a song by Raghab, all the songs have been sung by absolutely unknown singers, a few of them being winners of some contest or other. There is a bhajan, a holi song, love songs and even a Latino pop number. Such variety and yet all of them have sung so well. Even the music director Rajesh Roy is unknown. There are inconsistencies in the script like for e.g-Samrat’s father is a weak character and acts as a catalyst, Rai being a Indian pop/rock singer in the U.S sounds a little incredible and lastly amongst other things the relationship between Progya Devi and Pandit Surya Sekhar hasn’t been explored in depth at all. It would have added value to the film. Gauri Karnik though needs to lose a little weight.
However the film has been packaged very well considering the entire team is new including the cast with good production standards. It stands out as a feel good film though it was a little predictable in the end. Though the cast was new, all the three lead actors including Rohit and Reshmi have given compelling performances. It is said that Reshmi’s voice was dubbed since she can not speak good Bengali, but one can not make out the difference. She emotes well and you feel for her Picturesque Shillong has been captured frame by frame in it’s best form and couldn’t be better. Saswata and Rupam as Rangan and Kana, Samrat’s friends are good. The excellent packaging does have a lingering effect, but it could have been prolonged if a couple of things could have explored more.
However one can not take anything away from the film and that particular brilliant song in particular ‘Mohono Banshi’ by Pritha Majumdar lingers on and on in your memory and you tend it to hum it long after you have left the theatre