Basu Chatterjee just like Hrishikesh Mukherjee has always been the master of simple story telling. The stories are generally comedies though they can be occasionally serious as well. There are no sub plots literally to speak about, the content and the characters are absolutely simple .There is no malice, no complexities and none of the other baggages which other characters of other films carry. That is why they are the masters.
Of late Basu Chatterjee has stopped making films in Hindi as perhaps the world around films and the type of films which are made nowadays are completely different and his film would be completely out of place in today’s world. Therefore he has started making films in Bengali. One of the films ‘Kalidas Chemistry’ has not got a theatrical release unfortunately and has been screened on a T.V channel already.
His current film ‘Trishanku’ is again a film with a story which has got nothing in it, but it’s simplicity. It is about Shekhar and his friends who stay as PGs in a house as they stay outside Kolkata and have to come to study here.Shekhar eyes the girl next door Tanu continuously and one day Tanu’s extra modern mother invites them over for tea so that they can get to know each other and become friends! Over a period of time they become close!Tanu’s mother’s ears are poisoned by her conservative neighbours.She puts her put down and asks Shekhar to only visit Tanu once a week to teach her. He is shocked and decides to remove himself completely from Tanu.Tanu who had heard stories of her grandfather sees the image of her grandfather in her mother and she decides to turn rebel. She catches hold of Shekhar, brings him to her house and tells her parents that she will continue to mix with him just like before. Her parents readily agree. Her grandfather seems to smile from the photograph!
That is the story of this film where it is about a boy and a girl and how she rebels against her mother and her neighbours to keep her relationship intact.Aviraj is quite good, but is Moubani who has acted well and this is probably her best performance till date. Papia Adhikari as her mother is excellent. The music is also quite pleasant. The film however seems to have been stuck for some months.
Incidentally Trishanku means ‘dilemma’ in English and that is what Tanu’s mother has been shown to be in which she over comes.