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Review of Bengali movie 'Asamapta'
Asamapta, a Bengali film directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, is based on Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's Ashorjo Bhromon. The film deals with relationship among few characters. The film delves with plethora of human emotions within a marital relationship.
It explores friendship, commitment, jealousy, emotional dependence, sense of togetherness, oppression, repression, heart breaks, void in a conjugal relationship. We have all experienced such emotions in our quotidian lives. As audience we have experienced these emotions, but we cannot connect to the characters.

The content of the film appears weak and fails to create an impression in our minds and hearts. Ritwick Chakraborty as Indra in the film suffers from dental problems yet is shown to eat biscuits. Bratya Basu fitted well into the character Moloy he portrays. However, in one of the scenes he is fully covered with woolen clothes, but his footwear does not comprise of socks.

Though Swastika Mukherjee and Ritwick Chakraborty have given their best yet there was nothing in their characters where the versatility of the actor comes out or different shades in human relationships could become visible. The photography apparently appeared better than average especially the aerial view of the region. But the film has been shot in locations which are common tourist destination. Hence, even the natural beauties of the locations do not intrigue the audience.

No effort has been made to use the local folk songs in the film or synchronize them with the background score. It would have been better if there was less make-up for Ritwick (especially on his face). It appeared strange that though from the first scene it is being said that Ritwick as Indra is visiting his friend, who reside in the mountainous terrain, to explore his long lost days of childhood, but never is he shown to enquire about his childhood.

Paoli looks good from different angles, but from front she appears very pale. Paoli in this film is shown to suffer heartbreaks when her lover ditches her. She cries a lot as she is married to another man. After marriage just by chance she meets her former boyfriend in a mountainous landscape. It is her husband and sister-in-law who decide to take her former lover for a trip in the valley.

Though a very street smart look has been given to Paoli's character yet she lacked agency. Nigel Akkara's photograph was again missing in the posters (in the film Yodha directed by Raj Chakraborty, Nigel's photograph was not there in the posters). To deny a performer his space in the posters raises a question on the 'ethical' value of the film industry.

The brooding persona required in the character he enacted could have been well portrayed if the director would have taken few close-up shots of Nigel. It is perhaps a lapse on the part of the director that he failed to utilize Nigel's facial expressions especially his eyes and voice. There was no proper voice modulation in the scene when he meets Swastika in a restaurant. Nigel's acting skill remains quite unexplored in Tollywood film industry.

The film is slow and the director failed to utilise properly the two hours time in character building as well as in storytelling. A very average film, in fact not worth spending time and money.

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