What a pleasant and surprising entertainment from cinema of Bengal! Here’s a film which made point towards rising commercialization of land property at the cost of old heritage and yet Director Anik Datta in his debut film manages to bring hilarious comedy, drama and suspense with all commercial ingredients one demands from a routine entertainment along with constant satirical fun. Like most of the Indian metros and commercial capitals, Kolkata too is tuning into concrete jungle by real estate developers. The heritage buildings are taking shapes of shopping malls and multiplexes and amid all these the future of ghosts who have been living in these old houses are in peril.
The film begins with a commercial ad filmmaker turned director’s arrival to check locations of an old landlord’s old house. As he’s running short of idea how to wind up his script, he meets a stranger who narrates him certain interesting characters that led him and us towards a wonderful journey of story within story. Yes, it’s about ghosts and their future in pendulum but instead of making a routine spooky drama or supernatural humdrum, Datta’s script turned more humanitarian and hilariously funny. He successfully delivered the drama through fine ensemble cast. It’s wonderful script and screenplay with a tinge of certain commercial ingredients of song, dance, comedy and drama but what I love is the way he told the whole story managing the middle of the cinema, not pure art film and not just another crap in the name of entertainment. I just loved that interview of ghosts sequence; both social satire and comedy runs through each of the interview divided between candidate’s plight and reason of death and selection criteria for accept or reject. Ah and that wonderful Flaherty’s Nannok jumps out from Alaska to take shelter to ghost home due to global warming! It’s just hilarious fun I’ve seen in Indian film after a long time.
And for those non Bengali viewers like me who enjoyed the spark of two Bengali actors in recent Hindi cinema ‘Kahaani’ will relish them here too. Parambrata Chatterjee is surely a promising young talent and ah once again Saswata Chatterjee (rememeber cold blooded killer Bob Bishwas) made me clap for his performance of one armed Kartik. Hope Bengali cinema wil keep entertaining the same way and yes, I’m looking forward for next of Mr. Datta.