Bappaditya Bandyopadhyay should have taken more care in conveying Tagore’s message through his film. He has skipped the multiple perspectives of film. The director has removed the most important thing of the novel- the background or the ambience itself. The men-women relationship studied against the setting of freedom movement appealed to Tagore again and again from Charulata to Char Adhyay. Even in Sarat Chandra’s ‘Pather Dabi’ also attempted to portray the matrix of such complex relationships. To make the country free from the British rule is a commitment, but this holy passion comes in conflict with the personal emotions. It is a beautiful story of grand clashes which Bappaditya missed. Paoli’s beautiful acting could not save it. Nor even the art direction of Gautam Basu which is excellent. Kudos also to the music directors Gaurav Chattopadhyay and Abraham Majumdar for their innovation. ‘Ai tabe sahochari , hat e hat e dhori dhori’ is wonderfully sung by Somlata Acharya Chowdhury as the other song ‘Majhe majhe tabo dekha pai’ by Sayak Bandyopadhyay.
Besides, there is the powerful acting by Dipankar De. But very poor is the role played by Indranil Sengupta, Bikram Chattopadhyay’s pronunciation is simply disgusting enough to mar the effect of the film. Film making is an art that requires some sincerity and perseverance and the director of the film should have studied some earlier adaptations of Tagore stories and novels by the earlier directors of Bengali films. He could at least make the audience less bored and even Paoli too frustrates them not because of her own fault, but because of the poor direction of the rich novel being shaped to a poor film.
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