Basu Paribar Review & Rating
Basu Paribar Review: Penetrate into the deformed soul of a family breaking the sweet exterior
The Premise of Basu Paribar
The name suggests it correctly, the film is about a family and the people who are part of it. On the occasion of 50th marriage anniversary of Pranab (Soumitra Chatterjee), and Manjari (Aparna Sen) entire family gathers to have quality time with family.
Mamoni (Rituparna Sengupta), Raja (Jisshu U Sengupta) and his wife Roshni (Sreenanda Shankar). Their cousins, Tublu ( Saswata Chatterjee), Tonu (Kaushik Sen) his wife, Pompi (Sudiptaa Chakraborty), came together after a long time to wish the couple. It is all super and spices everything nice in the beginning but as time passes the skeletons starts to come out of the closet. Gradually the truth starts to break the made-up history of a family.
The Star-studded Cast
With a stellar casting coup, it is natural only that the focus will be on the actors. Well, they have not disappointed at all. Soumitra Chatterjee as a foreign-returned barrister and Aparna Sen as his educated, intelligent and elegant wife are effortlessly perfect.
Jisshu Sengupta, the carefree youngest son of the family and Rituparna Sengupta, a woman trying to balance between her work and family did their part aptly. Kaushik Sen's character one more time shows what is actually wrong in our society even when the so-called intellectual elites are we dealing with.
Sudipta Chakraborty as a misfitting housewife was absolutely natural. Saswata Chatterjee stood out with his spoilsport attitude. A comparatively new Sreenanda Shankar managed to grab attention with a character that shows her face tearing the faced as the story unfolds. Arun Mukhopadhyay and Subhasish Mukherjee deserve a special mention.
The biggest credit of director Suman Ghosh is probably directing such a huge and awesome cast in the right direction. He has just utilized the talented actors the best way without letting the film a dragged one. Ghosh was inspired by Irish story The Death and transformed the premise of the story in the Bengali family beautifully. The film might remind you of Satyajit Ray's Shakha Prasakha in times.
The background score of the film is quite impressive and editing is neat and sleek.
However, Bose Paribar is not a flawless one. The film crumbles near the end. The climax doesn't felt satisfactory, neither it leaves any mark. As a result, you come out of the theatre thinking about how it could have been better.
- Ensemble cast and performances
- Smart storytelling
- Editing and Music
- The ending
- Lack of emotional scenes
Keeping the minor flaws aside, the film is definitely worth a watch. Suman Ghosh's interpretation of a basic Bengali family with all its lies and flaws promises an enjoyable cinematic ride for two hours. Just go to feel the nostalgia that family is all about.
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What is Basu Poribar all about?
Directed by Suman Ghosh, Basu Poribar revolves around a family which is preparing for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of its oldest members. Soumitra Chatterjee and Aparna Sen play a retired barrister and ex-teacher, who are happily married for a long time. On their wedding anniversary, their son and daughter returns from abroad and the closed ones attend the ceremony. However, no matter how perfect they look, all these families have skeletons in their closet which will be out as the film starts rolling.
What is to expect from the film?
The return of Soumitra and Aparna as a pair
No wonder, the buzz the film is enjoying is because of the return of the popular pair of golden era to the silver screen. Soumitra Chatterjee and Aparna Sen have been paired up after 19 years of Paromitar Ekdin. Undoubtedly, their chemistry is the USP of the film. The audience is eager to watch the pair from Basanta Bilap one more time on the screen.
The stellar cast
The film has a stellar cast that includes Jisshu Sengupta, Rituparna Sengupta, Sreenanda Sarkar, Sudipta Chakraborty, Kaushik Sen, Paran Bandyopadhyay, and Saswata Chatterjee. The casting looks impressive enough that can attract the audience to the theatre.
Suman Ghosh is known for decent direction. He can handle a film pretty well and narrate a story with genuine effort. The audience will be interested to watch his magnum opus as well.
The trailer has assured an interesting story of an extended family with multidimensional characters. It promises an intriguing family drama that embeds thriller elements carefully. Although the star cast is huge, it seems, the story can stand out for itself.