“Lathi Upon The Audience”
To be precise “Sadhu Babar Lathi” is no film at all. It can never be. It’s not a theatrical enunciation, nor it’s an audio-visually shot “Jatra”. It’s nothing. A vacuum. In film language when the audience enters the dark auditorium he becomes and develops a voyeuristic attitude within the pitch dark all-closed arena. As the director shows him glimpses of his ideas, he audience develops and become a positive voyeur. This theory is known as voyeurism in film language. Of course there are exceptions when nothing of this sort happens. Sometimes the maker has to show something frivolous and frantic which may not lure the audience as he would have expected. In some exceptional occasions the audience may doze off inside the theatre and in some endangered instances he may he may also snorr away. When these elements do occur, the entire philosophy of voyeurism crash like a pack of cards and the pioneers of celluloid shriek from heaven.
It’s really hard for anyone to sit and digest this obnoxious wholesome presentation for 135 minutes. The entire film is shot in digital style and to cut down costs the crew has been endeavouring to pierce the sky. One may easily assume that no professional camera man has been deployed to shoot the film. The entire cast is built of amateurs and so is our director Mrs. Sanhita Bandyopadhyay. The performances in this “film” are out - of- the – world. Neither they can be evaluated nor can they be adjudged. The shots taken in the film bear testimony to this fact that any image depicted on celluloid can’t be labeled as a “Cinema”. The film is supposedly made for children. It’s true. But a word may be added before children and that is “Insane”. After this psychological hammering an individual may day dream prancing sticks all over and around him. The distributors and exhibitors have at least shown enviable maturity in a sole instance by not letting this film release at any regular theatre. I went to watch this film at Nandan II which is a projection room often used for viewing documentary and experimental docu-features.
Note:- There is not a single long shot in this film and camera pans over the torso in a maiden instance.