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Movie review: 'Chitrakar' is a duel which ends up as a legendary duet
Saibal Mitra, who earlier collaborated with Dhritiman Chatterjee in 'Shajarur Kanta'; has made the connection better with 'Chitrakar'.

It's perhaps one of the most priceless gems ever made in Bengali cinema. The character of Bijan Bose, physically, and more or less by attitude, is based on Benode Behari Mukherjee. The flow of the character very much reminds us of 'Inner Eye'; a unique guidage from a legend to another.

Bijan's artistry also, is based on an other legend, Mark Rothko. Mitra has used Rothko's 'The Seagram Mural' as the connection thread between the old and new generations of art. And here comes Tithi, played by Arpita Chatterjee as new generation's representative. Arpita here is like Amit of Tagore's 'Shesher Kabita'. Her character is been created to question the inner soul of Bijan, as like through Amit, Tagore questioned himself in a different way.

Not only Rothko but Bijan Bose's artistic perspective is also told in Henri Matisse's 'The Red Studio'. He questions for the self esteem of an artist. For him, art is the meditation of solitude. He states that black is the absence of light and red is? Confused Bijan questions modern art with respect of Van Gough, Jackson Pollock or Rembrandt.

Tithi and his destiny is his present and future counterpart to every argument. Dhritiman plays the character of Bijan Bose with full detail of Benode Behari while Arpita Chatterjee has also done his best work till date. Subhrajit Dutta as Ramananda and Debdut Ghosh as Palash are appropriate in the script.

Asoke Dasgupta's cinematography and Sumit Ghosh's editing deserves a special mention. Pandit Tejendranarayan Majumder's music is a bonus and lends relive to the film. He has used Arpita's voice in the song "Royechho noyone noyone" and it's splendid, as Arpita is a trained singer, and also a disciple of the legendary maestro of classical music Pandit Arun Bhaduri.

'Chitrakar' is a 147 minute 'jugolbondi' between Dhritiman and Arpita and a must watch!

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