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Movie Review: Impeccable Abir makes 'Aami Joy Chatterjee' a must watch
Although there are many directors making films in Bengali, only a few handful have succeeded in leaving an impression.

One such director is Manoj Michigan who had raised the bar with his previous offering '89'. This time he is back with another gem titled 'Aami Joy Chatterjee'.

Aami Joy Chaterjee is not merely a film, but 142 minutes of psychological journey which will take you on a ride, with or without your consent. The storyline of the film is based on soul travel or spirit walking with specific humanitarian inputs.

It's the first production by Shivanggi Choudharry, one of the younger generation producers who looks promising. After 'Aborto' and 'Bisarjon', this time again Jaya Ahsan stars opposite Abir, playing a supporting role though in a perfect way as Aditi. Shataf Figar as ACP Dutta deserves a special mention. Not to forget Shataf, who with each film is growing in stature as an actor.

Manas Ganguly does a commendable job with the lens. Some top shots of roads captured on celluloid make the journey smoother. The film has mostly been shot in Kolkata along with small portions filmed in Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri.


Sanglap Bhowmik, who had earlier teamed up with Michigan in '89' this time betters his portfolio. He very recently mesmerised us with his editing in Manoj Bajpayee starrer 'Rukh'. Raja Narayan Deb has composed the music of the film which definitely complements the story.

However, Manoj, the captain of the ship is a perfectionist and deserves most of the credit. We are all aware of the phases 'near death experience' and 'out of body experience'. We have also seen some supernatural thrillers like 'Flatliners', 'Awake' and many more but Manoj's version presenting the story in a very Bengali way makes the film exceptional. He successfully busts the myth of ego or 'aami' through spirituality. Significantly, since Jaya has a Bangladeshi accent, Manoj got her voice dubbed by Paromita Mukherjee. And honestly, Paromita synchronises with Jaya's attire very nicely.

Abir Chatterjee is a one-man army. He is undoubtedly any director's delight. Although initially his character reminds us of his earlier portrayal of 'Abby Sen', with passage of time his character reforms and transforms. Abir as Joy Chatterjee will compel you to reconstruct yourself and the film is a must watch.

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