Bioscopewala Review & Rating
Bioscopewala by Deb Medhekar takes the essence of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic story Kabuliwala and turns it into the best cinematic adaptation of the subject so far. The screen turns into a festival of colors and joy as the filmmaker tries to tell you about the importance of human storytelling and how it effects the lives of people. Medhekar, who has also written the screenplay along with Radhika Anand, manages to make this story about paternal love, about loss and about redeeming yourself and for this, he definitely deserves an award as this is his first movie and he delivers such a brilliant piece.
The movie is taken to a whole another level by the cast of it, which fits the characters perfectly. Danny Denzongpa as Rehmat Khan is brilliant. Rehmat is an Afghani refugee who shows children movies in his bioscope to make a living. This is the only thing he knows as he used to own a cinema hall in Afghanistan which got burned down. Soon after there is a conflict in his country, he flees and lands up in Kolkata where he meets five your old Minnie, played wonderfully by Miraya Sur. Minnie is the daughter of a photographer and her mother has passed away.
The Bioscopewala suddenly goes missing and as time goes by, Minnie grows older. We now meet the 25-year-old Minnie, played by Geetanjali Thapa, who is studying filmmaking in Paris. She receives a letter that her father, who was traveling to Afghanistan has passed away and she immediately rushes back home. In order to find out why her father was traveling to that country, she goes to Afghanistan as well, where she runs into the Bioscopewala from her childhood but he is a completely changed man now.
The story was written by Tagore almost 130 years ago and thus, some changes had to be made by the writers for it to fit into the modern day society. A lot of characters have been removed and added, or created an amalgamation of. But it, in no way, takes away the innocence and feel of the original story. The performances are just brilliant and Danny Denzongpa shines as the titular character. The way he emotes are sure to make the audience feel for him. Geetanjali Thapa too is brilliant and has a lot to offer as the second lead in this movie. A special mention goes to cinematographer Rafey Mahmood, who does an excellent job of capturing not just the locations, but the emotions behind them too
All in all, Bioscopewala is a nostalgic roller coaster ride that should not be missed.
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What is Bioscopewala all about?
Bioscopewala is a modern day retelling of the classic Rabindranath Tagore shorts story Kabuliwala directed by Deb Medhekar starring Danny Denzongpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Brijendra Kala, Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain in pivotal roles. It tells the story of a refugee from Afghanistan who goes around Kolkata showing them movies in his bioscope. He befriends a five-year-old girl named Minnie who reminds him of his own daughter. The refugee soon disappears from the city, leaving Minnie baffled. 25 years later, Minnie finds out that her father has died in a plane crash while he was traveling to Afghanistan. She soon sets out to find out why her father was traveling to that country and comes across the Bioscopewala. What happens next forms the plot of the film.
What to expect from Bioscopewala?
The movie stars a bunch of amazing performers that have always earned a great amount of critical acclaim as well as praises from the audiences. Danny Denzongpa has been a part of Bollywood for decades now and has never failed to entertain viewers with his performance and this time, he is collaborating with talented actors like Geetanjali Thapa, Brijendra Kala, Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain so it will be interesting to see what they all bring to the big screen.
Ad filmmaker Deb Medhekar is making his directorial debut with this film and says that his background of making advertisements has helped him to learn the discipline for making a movie. He has also taken care of the casting and about casting Geetanjali Thapa in this film, the director said that he wanted someone who resembled Meena Kumari for the role of Minnie and that Thapa was perfect for it.
As the story of the film is based on the writings of Rabindranath Tagore, there is no doubt that it will be interesting. But the makers know that movies have been made on this subject before and they have decided to do a modernized version of it and have also made some changes to the classic story. It remains to be seen if this works in favor of this film.
Filmmakers have now realized that the audiences are getting smarter and want proper content in their films instead of just big stars working without a proper script. Films like Newton, Omerta, Bareilly Ki Barfi and many more have been proof of the same and the same goes for Bioscopewala. If the film has good content, then it is sure to be a hit at the box office.