Shouvick Sarkar’s third directorial enterprise after Chupkotha and Virus is a perplexing little movie titled Shakkhi. I name it perplexing as a result of the movie relies on a narrative that’s, the truth is, fairly fascinating and one might have simply made a pleasant participating drama out of it. Sarkar even had a implausible array of actors standing by him to make the movie work. However the execution of the movie is kind of disappointing, and at each stage, it turned out to be an uphill job merely to stay invested in it. The issue, then, shouldn’t be a lot with the components – as a result of Sarkar had all the pieces going for him – however with the cooking course of itself. Which could be very unhappy.
Shyamal is a promising younger chap within the dockyard neighbourhood of Kolkata, who makes a residing by giving false witness in court docket. He’s within the good books of the native mafioso Bhai Da, and his loyal lieutenant Barun Da. When the spoilt brat of a son – Jagat – of this feared don finally ends up raping a younger girl named Shikha, Shyamal is requested to name off the sufferer as a lady of questionable reputation, which he does with vital ease and elan. The perpetrator Jagat goes scot free and poor Shikha has to face vital social ostracisation. However when Shikha seems to be Shyamal’s neighbour within the slum the place he lives, the younger man instantly springs a conscience, and in a considerably unconvincing twist within the story, begins to fall for her.
At first look, the truth that Shyamal inexplicably begins to really feel for Shikha got here throughout as completely unimaginable to me. However maybe there’s an evidence for his relatively odd behaviour. The truth that he has by no means been in direct contact with the individuals he has given proof towards, and that he has by no means seen – first hand – the result of his clearly heinous acts might maybe be why had by no means felt the pangs of ethical conscience. However right here she was – a strolling, speaking corpse, left lifeless and joyless by a merciless world who, even as we speak, nicely into the 21st century, blames the sufferer for an act corresponding to rape. On witnessing her plight along with his personal eyes, Shyamal’s convictions could have rotated.
Is it doable that I’m giving extra credit score to the movie than it deserves? Maybe sure, maybe no. However one factor is for certain – the remainder of the movie is one huge messy bundle. Actors have little or no to work with, pointless characters are introduced in, merchandise numbers are inserted for sensational causes and why, oh why are there Hindi lyrics in Bengali songs? Even the background rating is self-important, in a lot as it’s continuously attempting to create an environment that the actors on the display are failing to depict with their performances. The side-characters overact the hell out of their strains, and there are a number of scenes, which present extraordinarily poor craftsmanship. And all of the mayhem ends with one huge twist within the plot, which is as sensational as it’s unconvincing.
It’s a massively tough job to decide on a efficiency to talk about, from among the many slew of deadbeat ones which have flocked this movie. Which is kind of stunning, as a result of the actors themselves are extraordinarily proficient. One should blame the script, I assume – I can’t appear to seek out some other cause for such a poor present. Among the many higher ones is the efficiency of Shantilal Mukherjee – the trusted right-hand man of the dockyard don. Mukherjee is earnest and severe concerning the comparatively well-written function he has been entrusted with, and infrequently misses a beat. However even he’s a far cry from the gorgeous performances that I’ve seen him give in his different movies. Arjun Chakrabarty places in a real effort as Shyamal, though he was not totally profitable in depicting the duel that should have gone on contained in the thoughts of his character. This, I’m afraid, shouldn’t be one of many higher performances of Saayoni Ghosh, who got here throughout as relatively one-note to me. I additionally felt she was frightfully miscast for the function, just because she simply didn’t look, converse or act the half. One among my favorite actors – Anindya Banerjee – performs the errant son of the lozenge-sucking don (a trait given for the sake of it, maybe?) and does a less-than-decent job. Aside from these, there isn’t a single efficiency that deserves a point out.
I’ve not had the chance of watching Shouvick Sarkar’s different two movies, however going by his craft in Shakkhi, I’m totally unimpressed. This can be a movie that I’ll maybe keep in mind for a really very long time – for the easy cause that it wasted a wonderfully good alternative to inform an incredible story.
Up to date Date: Jun 08, 2019 16:43:04 IST
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