Gumnaami Review & Rating
Gumnaami Review: A dramatic presentation of an unsolved mystery
The premise - The theories
Much has been talked about the "story" of Gumnaami. Srijit had to reveal that the film revolves around the theories presented and discussed the Mukherjee Commission to avoid controversy.
The film doesn't exactly give an unbiased representation of three possibilities. Its inclination towards the theory that claims Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was the mysterious Godman - Gumnaami Baba of Faizabad is clear. However, this shouldn't attract any controversy. The entire story is narrated from the point of view of Chandrachur, therefore, the biasness is understandable.
From the beginning, the team has made it clear that lots of research work has been done on Netaji's mysterious disappearance. Is Gumnaami a well-made film, viewers may ask, but there is no doubt that it is a well-researched one.
The film starts with three iconic leaders of India — Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The scene instantly transfers the audience somewhere in the pages of Indian history, however, the impact keeps reducing gradually throughout the film.
It shows the arguments and counter-arguments regarding Netaji's disappearance. The courtroom scenes keep the entire story in a line as we see the history and all the theories regarding Netaji and Gumnaami Baba popping up in between. The audience might want to see the proceeding of commission, however, the film focuses on the research and struggle of Chandrachur rather than the activities of the commission. The flashback in black and white looks soothing.
One most important part of the film is Prosenjit Chatterjee's portrayal of Netaji. No wonder it was a huge challenge to the actor. He did justice to the role in most of the scenes. Some scenes might look overdramatic but we can't blame that on the actor.
Anirban Bhattacharya as Chandrachur Dhar has done an excellent job. His is a well-written character of a journalist turned Netaji researcher who gradually got obsessed with the phenomenon named Netaji. Tnushree, as Anirban's wife, looked credible in all her scenes.
If nothing, the music of the film will stay with you. Subhas Ji song by Sonu Nigam and Indraaip Dasgupta's rendition of Chal Chal Chal will melt anyone's heart. Be aware, you may end up teary-eyed. Soumik Handar's cinematography deserves a special mention as well. Prosenjit's make up as Netaji and Gumnaami is near perfect.
Overall, Gumnaami is a film you won't like to miss. A film based on the biggest mystery of Indian history can have different perspectives, various versions. Srijit has presented his. You might like or dislike it, but you need to decide for yourself.
- Performances of the entire cast
- Some memorable scenes
- The music
- The inconsistency in execution
- Overdramatic presentation in places
Pycker Rating: 3/5
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What is Gumnaami all about?
Srijit Mukherji's much-anticipated movie Gumnaami has the disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at its crux. The biggest mystery in the history of India had led to several theories among them three have been discussed and argued massively. The movie mostly deals with the theories that came up in the Mukherjee Commission.
What to expect from the film?
An excellent storyline
Gumnaami explores the part of the history that has always been behind a mysterious curtain. Everyone believed Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose didn't die in a plane crash but what happened to him is still unknown. The movie promises to see all the possibilities. No wonder, it can be an intriguing and exciting film to watch.
An emotional rollercoaster
The name Netaji evokes emotion in every Bengali. No wonder people will be emotionally charged before watching the film. An emotional rollercoaster, that's what the movie will be for the audience. They will expect to leave the theatre with something that can stay for a long time.
The audience always expects a lot from Srijit Mukherji as a director. With a subject so sensitive and controversial, the audience's expectation will be higher than ever.
Prosenjit Chatterjee is playing Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in the movie. We will see him in the look of Netaji and Gumnaami as well. It was a challenge from him, said the superstar himself. The audience definitely wants to know how he faced the challenge. Anirban Bhattacharya's performance is another attraction for the viewers.