Banner : Ishaani Films
Director : Pompy Ghosh Mukherjee
Story : Samaresh Bose
Music: Surajit Chatterjee (Surojit O Bondhura)
Cast: Ahijit Ghosh, Indraneil Sengupta, Shaheb Chatterjee, Locket Chatterjee, Soumili Ghosh Biswas, Mousumi Bhattacharya, Jack, Shakuntala Barua, Sumit Samaddar, Vikram Chatterjee, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Subhashish Mukherjee and others.
By Shoma A. Chatterji
The Gogol detective series authored by late Samaresh Bose in the 1960s does not measure up to the standard of excellence he set with his adult novels, short stories and travelogues. Yet, since the detective Gogol is a boy who tries to solve mysteries wherever he goes, much to the chagrin of his parents, his stories of adventure and suspense regales children in the audience. Gogoler Kirti combines two Gogol adventures – Mahish Mardini Uddhar and Rai Raja Uddhar to make one film.
Gogoler Kirti is technically good in cinematography and music. Pompa Ghosh Mukherjee tries to blend the two disparate stories, one with a clue to a hidden treasure in the shape of an antique statuette of Mahisasura Mardini, and the other set in a dilapidated mansion occupied by an insane old royal Raja and his wily son. Gogol takes over when he arrives with his parents to the village mansion of his father’s friend. But, where is the statuette? Many people are after the statuette as it is priceless in the antique market.
Gogol and the special detective Ashok Thakur (Indraneil Sengupta) who is disguised as a freelance photographer solve the mystery. The guilty are sent behind bars but the young Magic Dada (Vikram) decides to ‘vanish’ into the river to save his dignity by not going to jail.
Detective stories do not permit detailing lapses. But Gogoler Kirti is replete with loopholes. Where did the body of Jadav Purohit (Subhashish Mukherjee) disappear after he was murdered? A dead body just cannot disappear. The librarian where Magic Dada goes for his ‘research’ is murdered, but neither is there any mention of his body nor an investigation conducted into his death. The dumb servant (Sumit Samaddar) is shown in the beginning as the main killer of the poor Purohit. But this is a different man altogether. How and why? The advertising of products such as a cigarette and a jewellery brand are too brazen, superfluous and too much in-the-face.
The extended family of glamorous ladies spanning three generations, wear heavy jewellery, over their Benarasi saris. But they have little to do except look pretty, sing songs and make small talk. Not a good reflection by a woman director! The men, on the other hand, have solidly fleshed-out characters. Biswajit Chakraborty, as the old zamindar locked within an insane image diabolically constructed by his evil son (Bhaswar Chatterjee) is very good as is Ahijit Ghosh as Gogol, Sumit Samaddar as the dumb servant, Indraneil as the police officer and Bhaswar Chatterjee as the crafty son. The director has chosen the setting of the film with great care. Both the mansions, the well-kept one Gogol is visiting, and the dilapidated castle in decay where the so-called insane landlord solves the Rubik’s cube when no one is looking are brilliant discoveries. Perhaps the brightest feature is the music in general and the title song belted by Usha Uthup, Surojit and others along with the devotional song by Sriradha Bandopadhyay, in particular. The film could have been better, if attention was paid to details.