Chilekotha Review & Rating|
Director Premangshu Roy's 'Chilekotha' has covered the history right from the famine, the partition to pujo, pujo celebration, Football, Naxal movement. But with every element from history, the film is more like a gorgeous cover minus the book within!
Directorial debut of Premangsu Roy marks the arrival of a serious filmmaker who made no compromise while showing the 50s and 60s Kolkata. The scenes are shot in a black and white tone with a steady camera.He uses original movie posters of great filmmakers like Satyajit Ray,Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak and Tapan Sinha, uses references of Uttam Kumar, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Sabitri Chattopadhyay, Shambhu Mitra and Utpal Dutt, showcases the everlasting rivalry of Mohunbagan and East Bengal to emphasize on the culture of Bengalis.
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CHILEKOTHA refers to a room on the roof and the room in the movie has witnessed ani's childhood, adolescence, and early college days. Director Premangsu Roy in his debut effort consciously chose the name as these rooms are now obsolete in nuclear family apartment living culture. Animesh Chatterjee(Dhritiman), an octogenarian retired chemical engineer lives in such a lavish apartment all alone, the only communication with his grandchild being monitored by the daily video calls. One day in his imagination, young ani(ritwik) pays him a visit and accuses animesh of murdering him. Both of them set on a journey to animesh 's past to justify the actions of young animesh. The rest of the movie is the life of young Ani , spanning over almost to decades(from 1940s to 1969).Dhritiman works as a commentator till the interval with ritwik by his side. The Chatterjee household is a large north kolkatian structure , where Three brothers alongwith their family stay and run the family business of printing press. Ani is the only son of middle brother and gets all the affection and care of his uncle and aunts. There is one more central charecter, fulkaka(Bratya Basu) who along with his mother came as a refugee from bangladesh after the partition. Fulkaka and Animesh spend a lot of time together, here teaches Ani football, drama and kite flying, introduces him to mrinal,satyajit,ritwik,tapan sinha movies and shares everything with him.Young animesh goes berserk when Fulkaka gets killed in encounter for Naxalite activities and he also decides to join the movement. The climax, the unravelling of mystery of Young Animesh's ideals' death is somewhat obvious. The movie ends with the death of old Ani, joining his family in a journey towards his long lost home-chilekotha.
Directorial debut of Premangsu Roy marks the arrival of a serious filmmaker who made no compromise while showing the 50s and 60s Kolkata. The scenes are shot in a black and white tone with a steady camera.He uses original movie posters of great filmmakers like Satyajit Ray,Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak and Tapan Sinha, uses references of Uttam Kumar,Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Sabitri Chattopadhyay, Shambhu Mitra and Utpal Dutt, showcases the everlasting rivalry of Mohunbagan and Easy bengal to emphasize on the culture of Bengalis. Ritwik looks promising in young Ani's role, Bratya does a brilliant job of using dhakai accent of east bengal although the movie while acting as per expectation of the auditions. Technology is a boon to the civilization but it does take it's toll on the old people the most . When Dhritiman dies being in a video call, his son makes his grandson follow the ritual of pouring water in granddad's mouth over the same video call. This scene shook all the audience and made us realise that we have progressed a lot but forgot to take the people with us who made us competent for survival since the very beginning of our journey.
There is lot of scope of improvement in the music section, because at times the timeline of the scenes and the songs being used does not match at all.Camera work was steady in all the scenes which brought monotony and somewhat ruined the chasing sequences.The short lived love story of ritwik with the new girl in the para seemed sweet and ritwik looked a lot older than the matric appearing girl. Despite these minor faults, the movie deserves a 7.3 out of 10 for the authenticity of the subject matter and the sincere effort to portray it.