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Via Darjeeling  (2008 - Hindi)

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Via Darjeeling cumulative rating: 3 out of 53/5 (53 users)

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  • Via Darjeeling rating: 6 out of 10(Brototi Das Gupta wrote on 30 Jun 2008)

    Arindam Nandy's directorial debut with Via Darjeeling is an example of Bollywood cinema coming of age. The film does not follow the trite rule of linear progression. In fact one can safely argue that the film is bereft of a specific storyline. From a conversation with the director I learnt that as a student of English literature, he was always fascinated with the oral tradition of story-telling, and so the concept of a collage of tales related to a few set individual characters. In fact one may also recall the situation of Canterbury Tales where all the pilgrims relate stories during the journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket in order to spend their time. In Nandy's film, the group of friends spend a rainy evening waiting for Sangeeta and husband and narrate their versions of a certain incident - the sudden disappearance of the husband, Ankur Sharma on the last day of his honeymoon at Darjeeling. If one were to recall Roland Barthes' essay entitled "The Death of the Author", one would see the concept of multiple readership emerging from the film. One incident, and so many perspectives, so many interpretations. Multiple readership also assumes that each reader becomes a new generator of the text because he/she colours it with his own psychology and culture. So Preeti recalls the incident of a suicide and imagines that Ankur had taken his own life. Later she rethinks and says that probably Rimli had been impregnated by Bonny before her marriage. Her husband gives the story a more masculine touch and says that a brawl had ensued and this had led to Ankur's disappearance. A more worldy-wise Mallika discards the tale saying Ankur was a con-man. So the interpretations follow and multiple readers are born. Then there is a Brechtian twist and Mallika declares that she had been married unhappily to Ankur for sometime and the Inspector had then informed her of Ankur's previous marriage to Rimli. At the end all linearities are broken and Rimli and Bonny enter the room as Sangeeta and her husband, the couple who were awaited by the rest of the group. The film in the absence of ONE story becomes a string of interesting tales of suspense,infidelity,murder,love,fear,betrayal,hallucinations...

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