This Bangladeshi film revolves around an ageing film maker in a relationship with his daughter’s friend & the shattering aftermath of it, for everyone around.
Cast- Irrfan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy, Parno Mittra
Director/ Writer- Mostafa Sarwar Farooki
The plot introduces us to 50 year old Javed Hassan, a famous film maker and his family. His relationship with his wife, as he describes it, has become like an art film. His wife Maya feels he lives in the past as if they have no present.
He shares a very close and special bond with their daughter Saberi who plays cupid for their languid relationship. He adores his son Ahir.
But their lives are to change forever when Saberi’s closest and childhood friend Nitu who is also debuting in Hasan’s next film, develops a friendship with Hasan.
Stories about broken relationships are always painful, especially if there’s another woman in the picture.
What sets this film apart is its subtle story telling style that avoids melodrama. It focuses more on the family and their internal dynamics and most on the relationship between father and daughter, while the other woman remains a side aspect.
Farooki keeps it very clinical initially. So much so that It seems that you are watching from the fringes and the level of emotional connect is low. But even then, the characters and the understated performances are gradually seeping in your mind, settling in. The narrative style refrains from colouring the characters and you are just an audience waiting for things to turn.
But eventually, when the family takes a hit, it hits you badly. The emotional quotient gains momentum and I found many moments extremely overwhelming. Dialogues are deep and thought provoking and set you pondering.
The cinematography is wonderful. The natural expanses, the greenery, the locations, the faces and the off- beat camera work is noticeable and appreciable.The film is less about dialogues and more about what you see and hence how it has been captured makes all the difference.
It felt fab to see Irrfan in his trademark effortless style, rendering a smooth heart winning performance. Despite how he morally wronged his family, Irrfan’s Javed looked so hassled and lost, that he managed to dodge our bitter hatred.
But that doesn’t mean we felt no sympathy for the angst the family went through. Maya was a picture of hurt restrain. Her strength, self respect and silence was deeply moving. Rokeya Prachy’s understated portrayal was apt and note worthy.
The pain the kids especially Saberi went through and the extremities of change in their lives broke my heart. Nusrat’s portrayal as Saberi was good and quite a focul point of the story.
Parno Mittra in her small role as Nitu was good.
It’s a disconcerting but subtle film about realities of broken marriage & bitter relationships that has been brought alive by a good set of performances. Recommended for audience who like substance based cinema and don’t mind slow pace and setting.