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BHOOTER BHOBISHYOT: Spooky Wit Unleashed!

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Today's film review may be coming a bit late but when the Hindi Cinema Blog comes across witty and fun cinema, we tend to say "better late than never"!

Bhooter Bhobishyot is a witty tale that gives us food for thought as it tells us the story of ancient Calcutta mansions which are being increasingly demolished to make way for the construction of modern shopping malls. The catch is that ghosts that inhabited and happily haunted the capital's heritage properties are finding themselves homeless without the civil society or the government doing anything about it! Ayan (Parambrata Chatterjee, who, for Bollywood buffs unfamiliar with Tollywood, is the pitch-perfect actor who starred opposite Vidya Balan in Kahaani) is an aspiring feature film maker. He listens to the story of a motley crew of ghosts from all social backgrounds, times, creeds, tastes and even nationalities in the search for the perfect plot to make a super hit movie.


A huge applause goes to Anik Dutta for the dialogues as well as to all actors, holding a special mention for Sabyasachi Chakraborty, who appears as a masterful storyteller. Despite the fact that I am not a Bengali speaker and cannot claim to have understood all of the various hilarious satiric references throughout the film, I was still completely charmed by the story, simple and efficient direction and most of the dialogue. Wit reaches far heights thanks to incisively funny lines and references: A yesteryear film star character named Kadalibala (which may be translated as "Bananabala") discusses flirting techniques with a low-waist-jean-clad teen in the hopes of finding a young "bhoot" boyfriend. Episodes of India's history merrily mix together while a ringtone using "Satyajit Ray's voice" chirps in the background. Modern ghosts hang out at the most happening social media network: Spookbook... and the list continues at a happy pace, only to be occasionally slowed down by musical interludes which I would have personally done without, except for the final item number.

The real question is, will this spooky crowd succeed in putting their joint effort towards saving their crumbling home, Chowdhuribari mansion? The answer is possibly in a quote belonging to cultivated gangster "Promod" (get it?) Podhan: “United we stand... Divided we misunderstand!”

Directed by: Anik Dutta
Produced by: Joy Ganguly
Dialogue and screenplay: Anik Dutta
Cast: Swastika Mukherjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Paran Bandyopadhyay,
Samadarshi Dutta, Pablo Patranabis, Mumtaz Sorcar, Paran Banerjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Mir Afsar Ali, Kharaj Mukherjee, Sumit Samaddar, George Baker, Monami Ghosh

5 comments:

Rohan Sharma said...

sounds interesting...

Bangla Movie said...

Wow..what a bangla movie ? totally different from other bangla movie. i have seen this movie 3 times. Paran Banerjee and Mir acting really nice in this movie.

osthir said...

In a word outstanding....................

Subhorup Dasgupta said...

New to your blog. Yet to explore fully. Loved this movie. It is classy, and the humor is intelligent. Very stylishly made. Refreshingly different from usual bong comedies. Also comes at a time when there seems to be resurgence of intelligent cinema from this part of the country. Superb portrayals by all the actors.

Hindi CinemaBlog said...

Hello Rohan, Bangla Movie and Osthir! So sorry to have taken such a long time to reply. I had been having blogger trouble... Thanks for stopping by. I am glad to see you all liked the movie too!

Hello Subhorup,
Welcome to this blog. Yes, Bhooter Bhobishyot has a fantastic cast and it was very classy. The only thing I was not crazy about was the music, but apart from that, I find that your word to describe it: "classy", really fits the bill.

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