“Heaven & Hell on Earth…”
“Swapner Din” is a award wining saga of the tantalizing film make by Buddhadeb Dasgupta which has released after remaining shelved for over 3 years. And the film justifies its reputation… and fails too.
The film is an mystic journey through the interior of rural Bengal. In the process the protagonists re-discovers themselves. The film deals with the questions, “What is dreaming all about?” and “Can someone dream so much that it may turn to a nightmare?” The film is also about refuges and illegal, helpless infiltrators from the Indo-Bangladesh border. It tries to knit a dichotomy all these pivots. Let’s be specific. Dasgupta has been successful in creating on-screen magic. The treatments of very high quality. The angles and pan shots are equally revolutionary. The use of darkness in a traditional mystic manner makes the movie highly nostalgic and receptive for the thinker. Venu I. S.C’s camera has given the camera the landscapes of rural Bengal an entire new dimension. The camera work is brilliant to be precise. Specially the silhouetted long shot taking against the horizon when Chapal leaves Paresh and the others to win his bet. The film speaks about love in times of hate and succeeds indeed. It has nostalgia, romanticism and spirituality pitted against terrorism and hypocracy. Dasgupta brings in “NANDIGRAM” but in a vastly different way. But what the film lacks is reason. Its all dream but little reality. But as Dasgupta is creating “dream” in reality (i.e real or realistic dreams), he should have stressed more on the “real” aspects. Why should a man run to infiltrate the borders when he knows everything about the terrorist? (THE NAME PLATE SEQUENCE). The film also deals with the ever increasing problem of illegal infiltration with a highly humanist approach. But ultimately it fails to bring out a solution. May be that’s what the discourse demanded. Or may be not. Prosenjit and Rajesh Sharma out class each other. Raima is the mystic surreality and has a presense of less than 5 minutes. Rimi is far from being called an actress but nevertheless gives her best performance till date. “Swapner Din” should be watched. It may make one of your days a “Swapner Din”