Direction: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Writer: Sunil Gangopadhyay
Music: Shantanu Moitra
Cast: Prosenjit,Padmapriya,Kamalinee,Kalyan Roy,Indraneil Sengupta,Chandan Roy Sanyal,Tanushree Shankar and others
Aparajita Tumi has the trademark elements of National Award-winning filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhurys movies. He chooses a story with US as prism for relationships that get fragmented and how people can get disoriented in terms of time,place and culture.
Beyond Right or Wrong,the bottom line underscores a non-judgmental stand on what one ordinarily terms adultery or,in the case of one character,even insanity. Aniruddha shows this through the vacillations in the relationships between Pradip (Prosenjit),his wife Kuhu (Padmapriya),their two smart kids Chandra and Robi,Kuhus uncle Kakamoni (Kalyan Ray),a young couple Ushoshi (Kamalinee) and her husband Ronojoy (Chandan Roy Sanyal).
When Kuhu walks out of her home leaving her kids with her mother (Tanushree Shankar) and lives elsewhere,she meets her college boyfriend Yusuf (Indraneil Sengupta) but shies away from renewing the intimacy.
Ranjan Palits adept camerawork scans the highways with speeding cars rushing somewhere under arched bridges,or intrudes into the privacy of an intimate moment Kuhu shares with her mother through a reflection that underlines the pathos. In the movie,the camera is not just a silent observer but more of a commentator. Palit spells out the contrasting affluence of the landscape with the emotional vacuum in the characters relationships.
Arghya Kamal Mitras editing is in harmony with the films mood and the cinematographers approach while Shantanu Moitras brilliant music complemented by Anindyo Chatterjees and Chandrils lyrics express the characters repressed emotions. The pace of the artistes movements is very slow considering they live in one of the fastest countries in the world. Physically,the film wanders across some of the most beautiful places in the US. So,the movie does not stagnate at any point. The acting is superb beginning with Padmapriya,followed in quick succession by the sparkling Chandan Roy Sanyal,the seductive Kamalinee,the incredible Kalyan Ray and a sad Prosenjit on the sidelines for a change.
Aparajita Tumi is structured as a flashback coming back to the same beach where it began with Kuhu opening her book of best poems by Sudhindranath Dutta as a note falls off the pages. It is a letter Yusuf left behind for her. The story depicts how most Indians who are away from their motherland might be successful professionally but end up craving for the smaller yet significant things that complete their lives.
RATINGS: Three stars for cinematography,acting and music.