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Buno Haansh (2014)

My Ratings: 3/5.

Finally Buno Haansh released in Mumbai.

On Sunday evening the hall was packed with Bengalis (mostly family crowd) and for the Bengali community in Mumbai such rare Bangla film-releases are always occasions to celebrate.

And God knows we Bengalis like to celebrate loud and clear.

So, in-between the screening we constantly talk to each other (not necessarily about the film though), our phone rings like siren in the dark and we answer it without any hesitation whatsoever, generally a long conversation that ends with – ‘ami movie hall-e achi re, pore kotha bolbo … achaa achaa’ without even trying to fake a whisper.

Anyways the ‘adda’ must go on but for now let’s concentrate on the film itself. Buno Haansh is based on a story written by famous Bengali writer Samaresh Majumdar.

The protagonist Amol (whose name literally means 100% pure) is an exceptionally innocent boy (or rather a man). He belongs to a lower-middle-class family, works as a security guard in a shopping mall with minimal salary and has a girlfriend, Sohag who has cancer!

A perfect setup for Amol Kumar Biswas (Dev) to finally loose a bit of his purity and earn some quick-buck for the sake of his family members and his fast fading girlfriend (Srabanti Chatterjee Biswas).

But easy-money involves danger and risk. We find Amol being lured by his childhood friend in an import-export business (of course illegal) masterminded by the Madam (performed by Moon Moon Sen).

And soon enough our not so street-smart Amol gets mixed up with a girl named Rijula (Tanushree Chakraborty) who is nothing but trouble.

From the narrow lanes of central/north Kolkata to Dhaka (a sentimental journey), from the massage parlors of Bangkok to the dimly lit streets of Mumbai –Amol experiences a lot and his character graph takes a huge leap as the film races to its climax.

Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and writer Shyamal Sengupta has created a dangerous web to trap the innocence of any ordinary man like Amol who gets exploited in every situation until finally he revolts against the system.

Good music by Shantanu Maitro and decent cinematography by Harendra Singh.

But I feel there is a thin line between being innocent and dumb, and Amol’s character has crossed that line many a times in the film.

Then again our innocent Amol who seems to have problem in understanding the ways of the practical world somehow forgets to protest when Rijula casually kisses him and flirts with him (strange that his innocence never reminds him of his sick girlfriend Sohag!)

When it comes to acting, Dev has tried his level best till date, both Shrabanti and Tanushree did a good job,  Sohag Sen suited the role of Amol’s mother perfectly but Sudipa Chakraborty seems to have stolen the spotlight – very natural and convincing as Amol’s sister-in-law.

‘Dushtu lokera amaye Addy bole’ one of the corniest dialogues by the over-dramatic pimp enacted by Gargi Roy Chowdhury.

Overall a decent film but honestly Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Aparajita Tumi and even Antaheen were much better cinematic experiences than Buno Haansh.

Must go if you are a fan of Raima Sen to watch her cameo as a bar dancer!

Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co9XuQtEbj0

Hrid Majhare (2014)

Written by – Abhikendu Deb Roy.

“Iss dil se bachke rehna, ajeeb aur gareeb khel khelta rehta hai yeh zaalim” – These words resonate in your mind with every passing frame of Hrid Majhare.

The story line remains linear in the beginning but as the film progresses, the complexities develop in many underlying layers. At a night of inclement weather Abhijit (Abir Chatterjee), a Mathematics Professor encounters Debjani (Raima Sen), who is a cardiologist, and predictably enough they soon fall in love. But fate has something else written for them, the doomsday arriving soon.

For the first time director Ranjan Ghosh, Hrid Majhare was the test of his life. To be a visionary and to execute the vision on screen are two very different jobs, which the Whistling Woods pass-out handles quite amazingly.

The casting has been apt and looks appealing on screen. Abir and Raima complement each other beautifully; this being their second film together, post Baishe Srabon.

Abhijit and Debjani’s love flows on the undercurrent of a prophecy, examining their togetherness, questioning their endearments every now and then. The constant conflict between fate and logic which goes on in Abhijit’s mind is portrayed with a certain sense of calmness by director Ranjan Ghosh.

As their love in the film is testified and goes through several ups and downs, the moments of stress are notably plausible.

Indrasish Roy looks highly endearing with his tall dark handsome looks with such a conceivable baritone.

Sohag Sen with hardly five minutes of screen time is the one to look out for. This master of acting, who conducts acting workshops for veteran actors of T-Town, can never go wrong and you so want her to be there for some more time on screen. You cannot simply forget her character, even after the film has ended – such is her impact, such is her charisma.

Barun Chanda is as usual impressive with his voice and powerful acting.

Hrid Majhare is extensively shot both in Kolkata and Andaman.

Correctly addressed as the real hero of the film by the director himself, Sirsha Ray, the Director of Photography gifts us with a visual treat. Collaborating with the art director Nafisa Mondal, Sirsha Ray helps us get a picturesque view of the many indoor scenes in the film.

As for the outdoor scenes which are few in number, Sirsha brings to us a totally different Andaman to what has been generally portrayed in films. The nooks and corners of the busy streets of Port Blair captured in a time lapse, the never ending beaches with the sunlight emanating from the horizon – experimentations have been carried out successfully in this 2 hours 2 minutes feature film.

The editing, by Bodhaditya Banerjee, could have been crisper, which could have helped to portray the distress more effectively.

What works wonders for this film is the background music. The film would not have left such an impact without it. Thanks to Mayookh Bhaumik.

The songs have been used pretty intelligently without being typical song-and-dance sequences in a romantic pot-boiler.

Overall Hrid Majhare is a decent film to watch, especially for the fans of the on-screen couple Raima and Abir.

Film trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrcoSaBZsl0