Direction: Birsa Dasgupta
Story, script and dialogue: Debaloy Bhattacharya
Cast: Paoli Dam, Jojo, Parambrata Chatterjee, Supriyo Samaddar, Mir, Tanima Sen, Indraneil Sengupta, Paran Bandopadhyay, Kanchan Mullick, Supriyo Dutta, Sudeshna Roy, Abhijit Guha.
By Shoma A. Chatterji
‘Adult’ films are a rarity in Bengali cinema. Obhishopto Nighty (The Accursed Nighty) is an exception. Debaloy Bhattacharya’s story takes us on a wild ride through the libido of women who wear one particular nighty and become horny at once, taking a roll in the hay with the first man they meet, only to shed copious tears later and getting rid of the nighty at once. Sounds crazy? The film looks crazy too because as it journeys through a pretty housewife who sleeps with the milkman after wearing the nighty and performs pooja to avenge her sin. The next woman is her aged mother-in-law who seduces her grandson’s shocked music teacher only to join her daughter-in-law in the pooja room. And so the nighty, the protagonist of the film, wanders across from one woman to another.
The ‘curse’ is traced back to a beautiful bar singer (Paoli Dam) way back in 1985 who took her own life after being jilted by her so-called lover (Indraneil Sengupta). Her spirit moves around in the nighty, his gift to her. The climax of the film is a scream promising a sequel but this time focussed on a ‘pyjama.’
To avoid attacks on lack of logic, credibility and content, the intelligent Birsa Dasgupta frames this story within a censor board sitting on the screening of the absurd film-within-the-film Obhishopto Nighty. The colourful members of the censor board form a sub-plot that is as hilarious than the main story. The script handles the eight segments without creating confusion. But one wishes it had done away with a couple of segments to make for a tighter script. The segment on the Rabindra Sangeet exponent (Laboni Sarkar) and her aversion to even being touched by her henpecked husband (Bhaskar Banerjee) because she considers herself married to Tagore, is the best. The final shots inside a car as Tanushree and Parambrato make love on the backseat with the nighty resting on the dashboard are hilarious.
Birsa has made his actors perform in an exaggerated, stylised manner similar to old theatrical acting. Every actor fulfills the demands of this crazy script. The members of the Censor Board talk normally but wear imaginary halos round their heads. The fire minister (Supriyo Dutta) trembles at the very mention of the word ‘fire’ while the psychiatrist (Abhijit Guha) has a psychological explanation for everything. The music is low key. Bodhaditya Banerjee’s editing is a bit cluttered but that is because of the cluttered script. The ‘gay’ take by Debaloy Bhattacharya on the late Rituparno Ghosh is in extremely bad taste and pulls the film down by a few notches.
Obhishopto Nighty is hilariously entertaining only till the fun lasts. You can forget the film as you walk out of the theatre.
Sau. Shashi Deodhar (Marathi)/Interesting psycho thriller
Producers: Shilpa Shirodkar Ranjit, Aparesh Ranjit, Krishna Shetty and Neeta Shetty
Writer-Director: Amol Shetge
Cast: Ajinkya Deo, Tushar Dalvi, and Sai Tamhankar
By Sunil Nandgaonkar
Sau. Shashi Deodhar takes the audience on a journey in search of the identity of a young married woman, Shubhada. In her journey, Shubhada tries, unknowingly, to solve a mystery, with the help of some unknown people. It’s an interesting psychological thriller where director Amol Shetge presents a rare yet colourful take of one’s dreams bringing in a touch of truthfulness and harsh realities together .
While walking in the rain one evening, Shubhada meets with an accident. Ajinkya Vartak, the owner of the car that hits her, takes her to hospital. After treatment Shubhada recovers but loses her memory. Thus starts Shubhada’s journey to find her dear ones. Vartak takes on the onus to help her find her identity. This leads to shocking incidents and Vartak, a psychiatrist, learns that she is a patient with split personality.
The role of Shubhada is very well played by Sai Tamhankar. Having essayed glamorous and bold roles in earlier films, here she plays the role of a middle class married woman. She thus breaks all moulds to carve a niche for herself with this excellent performance. Ajinkya Deo as Ajinkya Vartak and other members of the supporting cast along with lovable songs creates an impact on viewers. Writer-director Shetge succeeds in surprising the audience and yet bring enjoyment through the film.
Who is Shashi Deodhar? Is Shubhada Shashi’s wife or is she married to someone else? This suspense comes to the fore after the interval and it is the surprise element that makes the film what it is.