Bhooter Bhabishyat

By Sunil Kumar

Future of the past(Bhooter Bhabishyat) is the movie in my blog today. Of India’s regional cinema; Bengali deserves a mention due to its “perceived” artistry. Granted that this element is present in some of their movies; especially the past; the pompous nature of some of our Eastern brethren can sometimes get jarring. In fact; it can positively get on your nerves.

Ritwik Ghatak, India (1925- 1976)

Visit Ritwik Ghatak, India (1925- 1976) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to talk about my book here. “Surreal City” is also about the supernatural; with a different theme and scope. If you guys want a copy; write to me or buy from Amazon; whoever reads this.

English: Potrait of Satyajit Ray, painted by R...

Visit English: Potrait of Satyajit Ray, painted by Rishiraj Sahoo in 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now about the movie. The opening sequence is about a film shoot where the main lead suddenly faints. The subsequent sequence with Parambrata Chatterjee(“Kahaani) fame sitting in the verandah of an old North Calcutta house conversing with a knowledgeable professor(Sabyasachi Chakraborty) as Biplab Dasgupta on the finer points of cinema and life in Calcutta were interesting; as they gave an insight into the Kolkata of today and West Bengal in general.

Satish Kaushik has already made “Gang of Ghosts”(Hindi) on this; set to release next month; so with the wider scope of Bollywood; all of India will now be aware of this particular film. The curiously Bengali elements(hilsa fish, Tagore, Kazi Nasrul Islam, raibahadurs(Zamindars) and bandits) may be changed in the Bollywood adaptation; let’s see after the whole thing gets made.

As was mentioned in a gathering on screenplay, novel writing etc; the tribe of us writing types(includes me) do not get a very great deal; barring a special few who are actually not the really literary variety; but salesmen in the garb of the writing brief. Even me needs the moolah; damn it. Back to the movie; after the professor’s admiration of cine societies; Fellini, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak and Satyajit Ray(somebody I admire); the ensemble of ghosts in the old bari(Bangla for house) assemble as a unit; with the usual comic capers intended to make us laugh.

For all the pretentious Bengali aspirations to be pseudo-Western; the humor is very much Indian; sometimes funny; and crass at other times. Much better than some horrid Hindi films lately like “Grand Masti” but could have been better. The usual talk about the bourgeois; a particularly Bengali affliction with the verbiage of communism in a land that has always been seeped in inequality can sometimes be too much. I wonder when the country will rid itself from falseness in the name of social justice; lessen all the talk; and actually get something done, everywhere. Until then, the world’s largest democracy; so let’s write some more.

The usual nod in the Bangla movie to a villain; preferably a Marwari “seth”. So; here it is. All of Satyajit Ray’s stories also have the evil nemesis; sometimes more interesting than the “do-good” character(especially Pran(Hindi), Moriarty, the Joker); often from every corner of the land and beyond; and the Bengalis themselves.  History is also mentioned here; in precise terms; again I don’t know about the Hindi film. The comic caper has a “happy” resolution; with the director getting money after he thinks he saw all the ghosts in a dream.

Neways, interesting, signing off for now. Sunehra Vartaman.




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