Projapoti Biskut Review & Rating
Projapoti Biskut is a simple, endearing tale of a young married couple who haven’t really fallen in love yet. There’s hesitation, harmless secrets and even mild discomfort between them, though theirs is a marriage of more than two years. While Shaon (Ishaa) manages to express her inner boredom and suppression quite admirably in the initial scenes, Antor (Aditya), too, is really good as an unsure, timid, introvert young man, who’s still not totally in sync with his marriage or his wife.
'Projapoti Biskut' is a simple story of an ordinary couple. Srabani gets married to an elite family where her mother-in-law changed her name to Shaon. She starts to feel claustrophobic in a poster-family of culture.
The subject was unique, beautiful backdrop and music accompanied with witty dialogues made it enjoyable in more than a few places too. Yet the length of the movie was unnecessarily elongated, dialogues were flimsy and by the end of the movie, everyone was already knowing what was going to happen. What was expected to be a smart feature film of the famous Chandrabindoo duo- Anindya-Chandril; turned out to become a moral family drama produced by Nandita-Shibaprasad production house 'Windows'. The disappointment has bound me to rate the movie a 6.8 out of 10.
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"Projapoti Biskut" is a butterfly shaped biscuit found in the roadside tea-stalls. The name, consciously chosen as the title of second film of Singer-turned-Director Anindya Chattopadhyay, attempts to make an impression of the entire movie's outlook - simple yet beautiful. Moreover, Projapoti(Butterfly ) is the symbol of love and affection in Bengali Culture and Biskut adds the crispy flavor to it. The movie revolves around two central characters- Antor and Shaon. They are a married couple for two and a half years and still in the wait of their first baby. Antor is born and brought up in an aristocrat cultured household where as Shaon was brought up by a much unpolished parents and is leading her married life under the persona of an obedient housewife. Although she secretly keeps in touch with her friend Parijat and gets paid from her for writing Bengali Mega Serial Scripts. The wait for a baby becomes an issue for the entire locality and after every possible attempt and failure, Shaon abruptly takes the decision to leave her in-laws and goes back to her paternal home. Will she come back? I am not going to give an answer, but the movie ends on a positive note, that I can tell.
The movie casts two fresh faces as the lead pair- Aditya Sengupta and Isha Saha. Isha's charecter had more shades than Aditya and she looked beautiful in both traditional Bengali and western looks. Antor is a reserve and somewhat shy character which looked Natural with Aditya's makeup and acting. Although he could have done better where he shows his confident and clean shaven look. Rajatava Dutta has got most of the punchline dialogues of the movie and he made the audience laugh with each one of them. Kheya Chattopadhyay in the role of Parijat was supposed to be a funky character, but her face was extra tensed in most of the scenes. Aparajita Adhya and Shantilal Mukherjee, who were parents of Shaon in the movie did a brilliant job of establishing the background of Shaon as exactly opposed to Sonali Dutta's portrayal of Antor's distinguished Singer/Teacher Mom. Rajat Gangul added tits and bits of comic relief, Director Abhijit Guha makes a cameo entry as the police officer and did fair enough to the short part. Both the child artists - Fuchka and Shaaon's sister looked in accordance with their age and character.
From the technical aspect, just like his first movie, Anindya based the whole movie on North and Central Kolkata locations like Kumartuli idol making place, Dharmatala and Park Street Cemetery. This helps any traditional Bengali as well as the new genration to relate. Editor Arghyakamal Mitra-who also happens to have done a cameo in the movie- did a good job, Shantanu Moitra's Music Direction gives peace to your ears all through out the movie. Prosen, Anindya, Chandrani did beautiful renditions of the songs which are already chart busters in the Bengali fm channels.
The movie starts with the difficulty a Bengali married couple has to inevitably face from their relatives as well as their neighbors, but expands its limits to searching the bigger truth- the ultimate essence of marriage for a young independent married woman. The subject was unique, beautiful backdrop and music accompanied with witty dialogues made it enjoyable in more than a few places too. Yet the length of the movie was unnecessarily elongated, dialogues were flimsy and by the end of the movie, everyone was already knowing what was going to happen. What was expected to be a smart feature film of the famous Chandrabindoo duo- Anindya-Chandril; turned out to become a moral family drama produced by Nandita-Shibaprasad production house 'Windows'. The disappointment has bound me to rate the movie a 6.8 out of 10.
What is it all about?
'Projapoti Biskut' directed by Anindya Chatterjee and produced by Shiboprosad and Nandita is a tale of Shaon and Antor, a married couple who are trying hard to have a child but failing badly. It's a story of ordinary people, their relationship, and relatives told in a simple manner.
What to expect?
- The magical touch of Anindya Chatterjee
After debuting with a milestone hit like 'Open Tee Bioscope', Anindya Chatterjee's style of filmmaking is one thing the audience wants to watch. The almost lyrical storytelling of common people is so impressing and effective that the movie can score opposite any out of the world idea. Even, directors like Anjan Dutt thinks the film can win the battle of the box-office.
- The music
The soothing album of the film is already a hit. The soft, melodious songs composed by Anupam, Shantanu Moitra, and others with the heart-touching lyrics penned by Anindya have won the hearts. Audience is already looking forward to the film with the song 'Tomake Bujhina Priyo'.
- Fresh faces, new pairing
In the crowd of stars and super-stars, 'Projapoti Biskut' is launching two fresh faces Aditya Sen and Isha Saha which can be a masterstroke of the makers of 'Praktan' and 'Posto'. The freshness might work wonderfully. Already audience is loving the fresh vibe.