Yes, Uncle Charles pointed it out right much before. Written by Ally Carter in her well-known book ‘Uncommon Criminals’, the wise Uncle said, “Don’t let two men fall in love with you, girls. It’s not the sort of thing that ends well.” Sigh, wise stuff are normally not meant for love. And, normal stuff are definitely not meant for love triangle, since it’s more complicated, but who cares, remember that saying by Anaïs Nin, “Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solution.”
Srijit Mukherji’s latest offering ‘Chotushkone’ portrays such dimensions of human psychology, in a decent way. Those 2 hours and 28 minutes inside the darkness of cinema hall spent smoothly by his stylish story-telling ability. Also, my heartfelt thanks to Reliance Entertainment and Dag Creative Media for gifting us such an audio-visual delight.
PLOT: Young film actor Joyobroto (Parambrata Chatterjee) aspires to make a film. He manages a new producer to invest money in this film making project. The producer puts a condition that he will produce the film, only if there are four stories, which belong to four different genres. The common theme of all these stories should be ‘Death’. Joyobroto unites with three veteran film directors – Trina Sen (Aparna Sen), Dipto (Chiranjeet Chakraborty) and Sakyo (Goutam Ghosh) for the same. Now, the directors are called to a spot to narrate their stories. They start their journey by a car. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
MUSIC and LYRICS by Anupam Roy is refreshing. Composition wise my favourite – ‘Basanto Eshe Geche’ (female version, sung by Lagnajita Chakraborty). The same song which was sung by Anupam Roy did not appeal me much since I never liked his voice quality. Lyrics wise I loved the most ‘Shetai Satyi’. Background music is not upto the mark though.
CASTING and ACTING: by all the leading actors are superb. Srijit skillfully mixed all the lead reel-life characters with their real life identities. For example, the phonetic similarity between the names – Parambrata and his character ‘Joyobroto’. I can think no other woman except Aparna Sen in the role of Trina, while in real life she is known as Rina. An woman with utmost beauty, intelligence and hotness quotient makes her sophistically unsophisticated amid all the controversies, ample cleavage shows and innumerable link-ups related to her. Dipto was shown here as a son of a famous illustrator (in a dialogue by Trina). In real life too, Chiranjeet is the son of the reputed illustrator Shailo Chakraborty (who painted all the cartoons for the stories written by Shibram Chakraborty). Goutam Ghosh is a well-known film director, so he is apt for the role of Sakyo. Also Goutam Buddha’s other name was Sakyo. Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee is awesome.
DIRECTION and STORYLINE: by Srijit Mukherji is good, but not very very good. Earlier heard one of my friend telling about this movie, “What a film made by Srijit Mukherji. He should send it to International Film Festival, for it belongs to that standard.” Errr, I doubt about that international quality, though Srijit nicely mastered the art of blending a commercial movie into the artistic brilliance. And, that deserves applaud too, because at the end of the day, producer will always want his money coming back to home with a significant profit. But, only if Srijit took more attention to editing or direction, the end product would have become flawless. Foreign absurd theaters and the doctrine of nihilism got overshadowed by the romantic subplot. One thing which I always notice in his film, that he almost overlooks the loudness of heavy make up or dress up of women. In ‘Hemlock Society’, the character of Koel Mullick, who ardently wants to die, was always shown wearing eye liner + kajal + mascara + eye shadow. Here, the actress Nilanjana (Payel Sarkar) wears loud cinematic dress/hair accessories/make up even at her home. Forget the actress, think about the wife of Animesh (a soap opera story teller). His completely average looking wife (who leads an ordinary lifestyle too) wears deep cut blouse at home. The pattern of the blouse at the back crosses the ‘Danger’ mark even at the early morning, when she prepares tea for her husband. How weird !
Parambrata is simply brilliant, but it is Chiranjeet who wins the show. Was reading his interview a few days back where he told that he is not at all cinematic. Today’s generation doesn’t know about him much for he doesn’t believe in publicity. Neither he ever requested any director or producer to cast him in films, nor he called the media for publicity. Media placed him in a not-so-good situation. But that doesn’t matter to him for many people loved his films, which ultimately matters to him. I was completely awestruck with his elegant personality, and what a handsome look – I mean, such a good height and slim physique. He just turned me on every time he appeared on screen, be it his stylish avatar or his great acting potential.
Finally, ‘Chotushkone’ reminds that quote by Pablo Picasso, “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” A great attempt by the director, which unfortunately failed to become a great movie, but surely good for more than one time watch.