watch a well made Bengali movie is always a treat and watching it in
Mumbai doubles the joy. Bhooter Bhobishyot is a wonderful movie to
watch. It's entertaining,wholesome and contemporary even though
dealing with a subject as difficult as the plight of ghosts.It is
proved that you can make a decent comedy movie on ghosts without
horror with a very light dose of masala and bring in the public to
screenplay and the dialogues are very well synchronised and edited to
fit the context. The movie never slackens the pace of the narrative
even though the storyline is offbeat and satirical. This actually is
remarkable for any director
actors in the movie does justice to their parts and each one of them
have contributed to the movie like a successful cricket team. Without
a conventional model of story with hero, heroine, villain, twists etc
the timing and the delivery of dialogues become very important to
keep up the tempo of the film and the director is successful in this
with the help of a very good performance by the entire cast.
coming to the actors, I find Parambroto improving with every film and
not surprisingly, he is there in three of the last six movies I have
watched. After Baishey Shraabon and Kahaani, he again gives a very
good and underplayed performance as a young film director. Swastika,
one of my favs( for obvious reasons) as Kadalibala is the most sexy Petni (
chudail) I have seen after Dimple in Bees saal baad with all her Chhola Kolaa.
news items today lifts up the spirits after the continuous spate of
news on misgovernance, Mamata, corruption and silly IPL. Firstly
India has surpassed Japan to become the third largest economy in the
world and secondly the successsful launch of AGNI-V missile.
first piece of news is a statistical fact (oxymoron ?) and should be
taken as such. It does not really reflect the ground level reality
that the common and average Indian faces but still it is a big
achievement. Frankly speaking it has happened not entirely due to our
initiatives but mainly due to the decelaration of the other economies
. This has to be borne in mind and it is important for us to keep up
the momentum and stay ahead of competition.
second news is quite heartening and everybody concerned needs to be
lauded for the achievement. It is a big technological upgrade and the
precision of the operation is very morale boosting . It is being
called as a deterrent weapon and a gamechanger and maybe it is so.
both the news are being analysed against the backdrop of our pet
bugbear of the recent times, China. Here also there is scope to feel
smug as we seem to have overcome the psyche of comparison with
Pakistan and probably left them behind by miles except for the
constant irritation of terrorism festering as a skin infection.
there has been no reaction from China on the upgradation of Indian
status on the economic front because probably they still have not
developed any hangups with silly indexes like GDP, PPP, IIP etc to
define the contours of their economy. They are not really bothered
about all these economic jargons as long as they can exploit all
resources of this earth in the production lines of their factories
and use the simple theory of mass production to price the goods very
cheaply, extinguish competition and spread their hegemony on the
world. There is a degree of cockyness about this approach but it is
mainly a bye-product of their closed and opaque society and will
ultimately meet its nemesis , in due course. What that will mean for
everyone else is a different matter to ponder but that is a tale for
interesting , sllighly intiguing (as always with the Chinese) and
very amusing (for the time being) are the reactions emanating from
them on the second news . The successful missile test by India seems
to have put China in a quandry and they have tried to hit out at
India like a peeved neighbour envious of the new boundary wall put by
a householder to stop trespassing. Downright ludicruous is their
attempt to downplay the Indian achievement by predicting that India
can never catch up with China in military might. If India can surpass
Germany and Japan in net economy then why not China militarily , if
is it the fact that military upgradation ( however unwanted or
unnecessary) by India is stretching China beyond their means too. Or
does the capability of striking Beijing anytime from the shores of
Odhisha has really flustered the Chinese. They were very recently
flexing their muscles with incursions on Arunachal Pradesh borders .
They are also trying to surround India with unfriendly neighbours
with their creeping presence in Nepal,Sri Lanka and now Myanmar.
Thats because in the race for the top spot in economic superpowerdom,
India is the only threat for them. It is surprising for them ( and
also for many Indians too ) how India has achieved so much in spite
of the inherent contradictions and pestilence of democracy. In spite
of their facade of centrally unified command, China is a fragmented
society within. And they are always wary of external influences which
is the biggest impediment to a free society.
will tell how India matches up to China. But one thing is certain and
that ironically is the strength of India which many of us have not
yet realised and there is no effort to develop . Our main resource is
the much maligned population increase. We will definitely surpass
China in the foreseeable future and continue to spread throughout
the world . This will be a natural progression because our land area
will not support the population explosion . Its a pity that we do not
care about our biggest resource and make it qualitatively more
efficient through education and healthcare , the two basic and simple
needs of the society.
a large population equipped with education and health, economic and
technological achievements as experienced today would be much more
deeply satisfying and savouring.
of you may have by now been quite intrigued and curious to know the
name of the lady who is being featured in the promos of the movie
Hate story, scheduled to be released by next weekend. She is all over
the place and as the tempo builds up before the release it has
generated a fair amount of controversy and titillation. Which is what
the makers of the movie wanted , in the first place.
guess this week , we will all have an overdose of Paoli Dam in the
media. Knowing Vikram Bhatt ( or all the Bhatts , if you please) and
his record of sensational promotion campaigns for films , this is not
surprising. Many may have already viewed the teaser promos of the
movie Hate Story by now on TV and more importantly on the daily
newspapers and as you read this, if you are a male,then you must be
having a sly little smile on your face and licking your lips
involuntarily as you visualise this Bengali bombshell. (#HateStory)
Paoli Dam is most probably the boldest and the hottest thing to hit
the Indian screens . But wait, before you tag her as only an object
of desire and self exhibitionist and bracket her with Poonam Pandey,
Mallika Sherawat or Rakhi Sawant et al ,then request you to please
make a background check. A search on wikipedia at the following
provide you her filmography, which looks quite impressive already.
the pan-Indian audience, Paoli may be a new starlet but those who
follow the developments of Bengali cinema will know that she has
already established herself as a talented actress who is also game
for the dare-bare scenes as demanded by the script. She has already
acted in films and TV series directed by Gautam Ghosh , Rituparno
Ghosh and Budhdhadeb Dasgupta and proved her mettle as a fine
her most daring and bold scenes were done in the movie Chhatrak (
dubbed Mushroom internationally) which was directed by Sri Lankan
director Vimukthi Jayasundara which won critical acclaim in the
festival circuit. A 40 second clip which was purportedly snipped off
by the censors did the round on the internet and left nothing to
imagination about the uninhibited and bold intentions of the actress.
She has herself upped the ante by giving controversial statements
and interviews and always positioned herself as an actress who would
not mind to cross the limits of accepted norms if the situation or
the scene demands it. So now she has a big challenge to prove herself
worthy of a bigger audience after trying her luck with Bollywood.
is her big break with the national audience . And maybe a stepping
stone for her to bigger things. She has a very beautiful pair of eyes
and nice features which I personally feel appeals to the senses more
than her body show. And yes, she can act. Let's hope she gets a good
script in Hate Story and the movie catapults her to the league of
Vidya Balan.She definitely deserves a good international audience for
her unconventional style.
the best to Paoli Dam . But I am not too sure about the fate of Hate
Story. Let's see how it unfolds.