Review Anirban Bhattacharya DIRECTED Ballabhpurer Roopkotha: As a director, Anirban Bhattacharya has made it clear that he is practicing making movies with his heart and mind by making Mandaar series. A very seasoned handiwork of ‘Mandar’. That was explained by the series of treatments. Director Anirban’s first feature film ‘Ballabhpurer Roopkotha’. Before the film’s credits roll, a light-hearted rendition of a legal warning ad about smoking and drinking sets the mood for the original film.
First of all, the idea of creating an atmosphere of comedy means that Anirban should not make a light-hearted ‘book’ with the movie. He didn’t do that. This play is written with Badal Sarkar’s very raw pen. Although he took seeds from a French picture and gave birth to the fairy tale tree. Anirban touched today’s time in filming that drama almost seventy years later, here is his Montana! He didn’t make this comedy movie with material that is ‘eaten’ in the market. Carrying a basket of pure joy and entertainment, he floats the film with the magic pull of dialogue like a skilled sailor on the river of the heart of the angry audience.
Yes, of course, he has translated the structure and structure of the drama into the screenplay of the movie in a cinematic way. And not all that original. It was not possible. The condition of Bhupati Roy ‘Bahadur’, the youngest scion of a huge ruined palace, is now like a sinking pond. After selling his 400-year-old house and paying off his debts, he could start a bar in Calcutta.
But who will buy such an old house? By maintaining the charm of the royal palace, he made a plan to attract customers. Khas Khansama decorates Manohar, the old old servant of the house. The manager of his estate arranges friend Sanjeev. By showing greed to repay the debts of the nobles, he made a house janitor, cook, etc. A scandalous situation was created when Halda’s couple brought their young daughter Chanda to the Rajbari as prospective clients.
In the meantime, Raghu, an old ghost of the Rai clan appears again and adds to the complications.
The climax moment of the film is below. It is better to see it at the cinema. Let’s just say it’s much, much more dramatic and cinematic at the same time than the ending. It is difficult for the audience to guess that the climax will start with the victory song of Badal Sarkar. Asan solved that problem by creating a balanced equation with the original theatrical concept and the grammar and punctuation of the movie.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Anirban has given a new twist to the comedy genre of recent Bengali cinema by moving away from the dark mood of ‘Mandar’. His set construction is simply stunning, Soumik Halder’s camerawork in black-and-white and color creates an atmosphere of laughter and haunting. Shubhdeep Guhar’s climate is an exception to current thinking. Although it was a little loud at first, his background score matched the scene beautifully. His vigilance in the technical department is evident throughout the film. Sometimes I was reminded of the movie ‘Paraspathar’.
It is not possible to understand how every artist has supported Shubdeep without seeing the picture. Especially not without naming four people. They are all Bengali stage actors. Satyam Bhattacharya (Bhupati), Devaraj Bhattacharya (Sanjeev), Shyamal Chakraborty (Manohar), and Sandeep Bhattacharya (Haldar) anchor the entire film with comic performances. Sarangani Bandyopadhyay as Chanda is a familiar face, and Jhulan Bhattacharya in the role of mother Sapna also showed no less power.
However, he can claim some credit for getting them to act on demand because he is Kandari. His voice reciting the Sanskrit verses of Kalidasa’s plays reminds one of an elder. Anyway, it is not possible to say at this moment whether this film of Anirban will be appreciated by the detective story, mystery-loving audience or not. But I believe that it will be loved by those who love to watch good movies. Who else said, “Losing faith in people is a sin.” I don’t want to do that.
Movie – Tales of Ballabpur
Starring – Satyam Bhattacharya, Devaraj Bhattacharya, Shyamal Chakraborty and Sandeep Bhattacharya, Surangana Bandyopadhyay, Jhulan Bhattacharya
Directed by – Anirban Bhattacharya