A few days back 50 old village-women of Lalgarh were released on bail by police. These women were arrested for Maoist activities. We all gave seen those poverty stricken tribal women either in television or in the front page of newspapers. In Ashok Viswanathan’s latest Bengali film “Sesh Sanghat” we see Jayaprada in one such women’s role. The question is ‘why’? The answer is: “aare simple yaar…Jaya is the producer of the film naa!!” I really feel sorry for this director whose debut film was “Shunyo Theke Shuru”.
Prior to the release of this film Ashok Viswanathan told in an interview that thisis a purely commercial venture. I want to ask Ashok a simple question – “which film is not a commercial venture?” Every film is.
Before I write a single line about the film, I want to say that this film is the worst disappointment film of 2009. Just imagine a scene in a Lalgarh jungle Kishenji is singing and dancing with a AK47 one of them is even beating a huge drum. Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Chiranjit, Jayaprada and 100 other extras do the cinema. Chiranjit is the Maoist (or, Naxalite??) leader who takes the disguise of a Baul when needed. Sabyasachi Chakraborty is a railway point man who is a part time Naxalite and works as a spy. Jayaprada is the fulltime member of the action squad. As she is the central character of the film, the film develops around the story how a simple village woman turns into a revolutionary and how she fights her last fight.
Raji (Jayaprada) as a teenager was raped by Ramanji (Ashish Vidyarthi), the local Panchayat head. Pregnant Raji was disposed off and was eventually saved by Santu Mukherjee.
Ramanji was in a habit of having sex with his maids (like Chandreyee Ghosh) and of maid’s son is Abhishek Chatterjee. Abhishek didn’t know who Raji was. He becomes mad to marry her. And after their marriage one day Raji reveals that Abhishek’s son would be his brother!! What a dialogue!!! What a story!!!
Jackie Shroff is the DIG of police whose god-father is an ex-minister played by Amar Singh. Amar gives Jackie tips how to combat the Maoist.
The most important this is that the Maoist of Ashok’s film thinks only the local Panchayat people are their enemies, not the state or central administration. So, they start guerilla combating against the Panchayat goons. Nad at the end of the combat the only living person left is Jayaprada who hands herself to the police custody.
The story is non-sense. The central theme doesn’t portray the real crisis of the village. The Maoist of the film are doing the different politics then the real Maoists. The only attraction of the film is Rimjhim Mitra, who delivers an unique item number in the film.
Was the item number needed at all? Ofcrouse it is the only “paisa wasool” moment of the film.