Effective even after so many years .
Teen Yaari Katha is finally getting released after 7 years. The film finally took the backing of a Prasenjit (read ‘Ideas’ ) to get it released after such a long period. One of the main reasons for which it was stuck was problems with the censors(theme+ profanity) for which a considerable time had been spent and it was probably much ahead of it’s times which is why it is only fiiting that such a film is getting released in 2012 which will do justice to it as by the time the world and specially the world of Bengali cinema is a different place altogether. The film unfortunately has been viewed by several people already (though 20 min short)as a copy had been leaked on You Tube some years back.
The film is a reminder for the youth and about the youth . It is about a phase in life which most us if not all have passed through and cherished! It is the early adult life when we would ogle at girls and think about them in other ways(fantasise about them sexually). The male species does and will continue to fantasise later on as well but that is probably the period when we have done it the most and our hormones have run wild seeing any young beautiful girl or even fantasise about the next door ‘Boudi’ who is senior in age. The film is not only about fantasies, but all about male bonding and friendship which is the USP of the film. The film is a story about three friends, their bonding and their personal struggles as well as that of their love lives and fantasies.
The film is about 3 friends Antu, Shymal and Biloo who all stay together in Biloo’s uncle’s house. He is a newpaper vendor, Shyamal is an autorickshaw driver and Antu is on the lookout for a job. Each of the characters love someone , but somehow other than Antu who loves Dola(who is older than him), everyone else pines for his beloved without the other person having no knowledge about it. The 3 guys are the best of friends and share their joys and sorrows as well as their ups and downs together. In fact they are inseperable. Along side their fantasies and pining for their loved ones, the film is also about their struggles, their aspirations and a very crucial phase in their life. The film also shows their humane side because setting aside all their fantasies, they go out to save their boudi ‘Sriradha ‘, their object of desire, when she tries to commit suicide with her husband and eventually manages to save both of them.
All the actors and actresses who have acted in this film were more or less at the beginning of their careers when this film was shot. Therefore it is quite evident that their looks as well as their expressions or methods of acting may have changed over the years. They might be more mature and conscious now, but that point of time they had been more free and exhibited a side of theirs which might no longer be possible. Rudranil, Parambrata and Neel are perfect in their roles as Shymal, Antu and Billoo. June is perfect as Sriradha and Gargi does full justice to the role of Antu’s older flame Dola. The late Gita Dey and Biplab are very good in their roles. It does go on to show to what an excellent actress Gita Dey was when she was alive.
The film is essentially the best film about male bonding at least as far as Bengali films are concerned . It is not only about fantasies, it is a short study on lower middle class/middle class aspirations and way of life. It is a comic take on the lives of such people which has been shown in a different way including a phase of way which most of us have passed through just to make it more acceptable.
Abhijit (Rana) Sarkar and Sudeshna Roy have come up with a film that is sure to be effective even after the delay in it’s release after so many years.