Fine Bengali - Bollywood thriller, slightly Hitchcockian, where the
outstanding actress Vidya Balan shines in the role as a foreigner
Indian woman searching for her missing husband in the Mega City of Kolkata,
Balan at this time in 2012, was one of Bollywood's superstars and the
film became a huge HIT and something people talked about.
It clocked in at a reasonable 2 hours and there were no song or dance
numbers to distract from the story.
The film is a mix of Bollywood and Bengali talents, and after re-watching
this film in january 2019 on Netflix i still think it's suspenseful
but maybe more mainstream and less indie in it's style than i thought
when watching it the first time in the summer of 2012.
But, the main trio of actors in this film were amazing. Vidya Balan
- just fantastic, for me the unknown bengali talent Parambra Chatterjee
impressed as policeman Rana and in a smaller role .... the for me in
2012 still unknown actor - The King Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawaz (in a scene from another epic crime story
- The Gangs of Wasseypur, 2012)
The 4th actor in this film could well be Kolkata itself,
the city where everyone seems to have 2 names, the regular one and a
and this fascinating Mega City gives a very atmospherical background
to the happenings, and the film is shot on the streets during the
Durga Puja celebrations. A colorful chaos.
Maybe this project could be seen as a very successful mix of mentalities,
the Bollywood masala grounded hindi film one with the more
artmovie orientated Bengali one, and with hindi and tamil speaking marathi
actress Balan, Uttar Pradesh born but active mainly in hindi
film Nawazuddin Siddiqui with bengali director and actor Sujoy Gosh
and Parambrata Chatterjee. Perhaps ....
Bollywood still carries the burden of the 1980's masala style, even
though there has been a New Wave movement the last decade or so,
and the Bengali film seems, in it's spirit, to be based on the writings
of the great Rabindranath Tagore
The film starts with a terror gas attack in the Kolkata
subway and over a 100 people dies. 2 years later a London indian woman,
(Balan) arrives to Kolkata in search for her husband Arnab. She's very
pregnant and makes a missing persons report at the local police
station. He's a computer expert and works at the National Data Center
but she hasn't heard from him in a month.
One of the policemen, Rana or Satyoki (Parambrata Chatterjee) is the
one helping her in the search for the, soon to be apparent, elusive
He hasn't worked at the Data Center, or lived at the hostel where he
said he stayed, and his uncle in Thakarpur doesn't exist either.
Up in smoke, and who's Milan Damji ? Her sleuthing starts
getting dangerous as the Indian Security Intelligence, with agent Khan
Siddiqui), tries to stop her investigation and a mysterious hitman starts
killing everyone who ever might have known anything about it.
At first no-one takes her seriously, a heavily pregnant woman evidently
dumped by her husband, waddling around like a duck on the streets of
Kolkata asking questions. But she's persistent and tough and soon they've
to take her mission seriously.
This was the first time i saw my future favourite male
actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and he was very fine as the bossy and somewhat
The Cinematography from Tamil photographer Sethu Sriram
makes the city of Kolkata come alive with it's Durga Puja festivities,
important role in the film. At the start of his career he was 2nd unit
cameraman to the Tamil Master Mani Ratnam on his masterpiece Dil Se.
And Yes, there's a big Twist a-coming .... but beware of false
Narrative (the flashbacks) aaah, you cheated us Sujoy Gosh.
The DVD was presented in anamorphic widescreen with
a 5.1 or 2.0 audio. A Shemaroo logo in the low corner
Extras: Making Of featurette (9 minutes) in english, Success Party (11
minutes) in a mix of english, hinid or bengali, 4 Promo songs