With a paltry budget of nine lacs what could debutant director Suvomoy Chattopadhyay do than making a video-film “Sakaler Rang”? Being an actor Suvomoy didn’t exploit his acting talent in his first feature film. He rather concentrated in the directorial job.
As the budget is very very low Suvomoy has to take the burden of almost all the departments of film making. He is the story writer – script writer – music director – editor and director of the film. Apart from this he is the lyricist and singer also.
The story is set in a village where the Hindus and the Muslims are “bhai-bhai”. They are all cultivators. How remote is the village from city is not clear is the film, but one this is clear that there is no school in the area. Education is far from their life. A village boy Prananath (Taranga Sarkar) dreams of establishing a primary school in the area. He leaves for city to earn money leaving his grandma (Chabi Talukdar) and Sakina (Paulomi De) in the village with the promise of fulfilling his dreams.
The films ends with the fulfillment of that dream. But to tell this simple story which is only 95mins long, Suvomoy takes a complex way t make it interesting. To hold the audience throughout the length he has created some suspense which were cleared at the end of the film.
And in doing this he has developed a few characters like Teacher (Monu Mukhopadhyay), Bhabi (Churni Ganguly) and Afroze (Shantilal Mukhopadhyay) who have helped in telling the mundane story in an interesting way.
Apart from them Buli (Dona Das), Sakina and young widow created lots of curiosity for their peculiar activities. But Why they started smoking is not clear. Is it to misguide the villagers from what they were actually doing?
The camera work is good, but why Suvomoy has used so many fade-in and fade-out is not clear. At the end of every scene there is a mandatory fade-out and then fades in to a new scene. This disturbs the viewing and as it created an obvious pattern interests about the film loosens.
Acting is good and that is the key factor for the success of the film. The background music and the songs are quite good.