Atanu Ghosh who had made ‘Angshumaner Chhabi’ which is actually a film within a film makes a film on new age relationships and male fantasy called ‘Takhon Teyish’.The film is about a junior doctor Tamadeep and how his life changes when he was 23 and his relationships with four women-Tanusree,Paoli,Aparajita and Indrani.
Atanu’s film is about new age relationships which very much exist and the structuring between the fantasy and the reality is engaging. This film is about a young boy, a loner who has 1000 friends in the virtual friends, but only one friend in reality and he is addicted to watching soft porn films of actress Mohini with whom he is obsessed , but his whole life is turned when she turns up at the O.T of the nursing home withy which he is attached.
Since this film is a new age film, therefore we can see a lot of virtual relationships, male fantasies, dial- in- shows and also maybe hints of a promiscuous relationship between the teacher and student.
A lot of relationships have been left undefined which is why the director has left it to the audience to fill in the gaps. A lot of things will bewilder the audience specially the relationship between Rajatava and Paoli.This is probably the most undefined relationship in the entire film. In fact Rajatava’s character is probably the most interesting and thought provoking. Here is a man who brings an unknown girl to his place , plays games with her , tells her things like ‘enjoy the darkness’, yet frees her later(he had previously tied her) and tells her to go away! Later we also come to know that before Paoli had left his home, she had also seduced him one night and not the other way around! You also have his wife, a bedridden vegetable and also mute as well and you can only think of him as a saint and nothing else!
The relationship between Rajatava and Paoli makes things a little interesting .The characters keep on escalating and there are so many sides to them that when these two characters act, it seems like a psychological thriller at times. Talking about performances, to begin with , Jisshu is excellent as Tamadeep and portrays the character well and shows how his inner conflicts trouble his mind.Biswajit Chakrabarty as his father as usual is good, but Tanusree Shankar is very convincing as his mother who has to deal with her own problems when her son is slowly detached from her.Paoli is very good and is very expressive. In fact she wins people over half the time with her expressions, bodylanguage, sex appeal other than her acting abilities.Aparajita, the darling of the small screen after her role as Hiya in ‘Ekhane Akash Nil’ is very good her big screen appearance.Indrani should have had a different wig and get up, but her performance is as usual worth mentioning.Rajatava again being a seasoned actor lives up to his reputation considering his particular role in this film.
The background score by Mayukh Bhowmick is appropriate. The editing is very good. The non linear format followed so that there is not a predictable form of storytelling makes the film worth watching. The film because of the subject matter and also because of it’s very dark images as most of the scenes seem to have been shot at night might put some viewers to sleep as it might seem to be a little slow, but the scenes between Jisshu and Aparajita (shot at Nalban most probably) make up for it with the cinematography and Neel’s comic touch also keep the viewers interested.
Some things remain unsaid. Firstly how does Aparajita trust Rajatava so easily when he is unknown to her? How does Paoli know Indrani’s address? The biggest question, why would a boy of Tamadeep’s background need to go to shady theatres to watch soft porn films when porn in every form is literally available at our fingertips staring from the internet, DVDS, etc?This is probably the most unexplained part.
Atanu has tried something new with this film and has even tried to give it a psychological edge. If it works, it says a lot about Bengali films.