Sanghita Banerjee’s debut film as a director “Sadhu Babar Lathi” just released last Friday.
More than two hour length film is based on the amazing story of a bamboo stick by Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay.
The main characters are a common man (Arif Hussain), a theif (Pankaj Munshi), a police officer (Kalyal Chatterjee), Panu Babu, a businessman (Mrinal Mukherjee), a dacoit (Ramaprasad Banik) and a few peculiar ghost.
The story revolves around a magical bamboo stick which has immense power. All the characters want to possess the stick and make plots to steal it from the possession of the common man. And almost all of them depute the thief for the same reason.
The action takes place in a village. Sanghita also selects a village, but the real problem of the film is that almost ninety percent of the story happens between evening and the might. So the director has also to shoot “day-far-night”. But the problem is sometimes she forgot to charge the “day” into “night” and hence the film suffers from major time discontinuity lapses.
The other problem of the film is that the director has tried to make a film for the children. But Sirshendu’s stories are for boyhood, the surface reality of a children story. IT always states the social realities and contradiction is the disguise of funny character and even through the ghosts. So, I had an interest to see how Sanghita deals with the ghosts. Honestly speaking she couldn’t handle the supernaturals as expected. Right from the beginning she had an intention not make the ghosts meaningful. And hence all the charms of Sirshendu is lost.
But from the surface level treatment of the film apart from some serious technical faults, this film is quite entertaining, especially for the children. And only became of that she had kept as many songs as possible. The music director of the film is Antara Choudhury. We had much expectation from her, but any how the songs and the background music didn’t click at all. This is no magic like her father.
Pankaj Munshi as the thief polays the role superbly. He has pulled the entire film single handedly. The veteran artist like Ramaprasad Banik, Kalyal Chatterjee and Mrinal Mukherjee has lent their expertise to support him. But Arif Hussain is so poor that only he is the odd man out.
The other technical part like editing and cinematography do need any discussion.