by Aneek Chaudhuri
After the glorious Nirbaak prior this year, Srijit Mukherji is back with his next film Rajkahini which will be discharged amid Durga Puja this year. Highlighting an ensemble on-screen crew which incorporates 11 noteworthy female characters, Rajkahini is created by Shree Venkatesh Films and is a story that is based amid 1947 when India picks up opportunity from the British and the Partition happens. The star cast incorporates Rituparna Sengupta, Jisshu Sengupta, Saswata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen and so on. The music is by Indraadip Dasgupta while Avik Mukhopadhyay is the DOP and altering is by Srijit Mukherji and Pronoy Dasgupta.
Sayani, playing the role of a Beishya in Rajkahini
Rajkahini is splendid! First of all, rather pointing out the commercialized structure of the review, I would rather suggest the viewers to view it with due introspection. There have been notions regarding the length of the review, however, a short film might not be as apt as this review has been in successful addressing issues of a patriarchal society, bodies bereft of pain, the bridge between whores and any normal lady in past days, and most importantly, the perception of societal classification among the brothel residents.
There have been snippets of deliveries, when Kaushik Sen (Ilias) weeps over his efforts being resisted by his emotions, or the scene when a child (perhaps one of the brothel residents) questions the validity of not praying to the idols as a justification for being a prostitute. Such depictions have been well portrayed in a mere 3 minute teaser, I must say. The auteur, Srijit has actually used the ‘lull before the storm’ expression after the trailer begins with the loud affairs of independence and has been meticulously balanced with the actual content of the Cinema for people to focus on it.
Now, speaking of aesthetic portrayal, the best has been projected in a antique projection method as if someone is referring to the old history text books. Well complemented by the song carrying the lines ‘Pidito, morchito deshe…’ referring to the darkness of the nation’s approach to the orders of division rather than highlighting the condition of the brothel, as things have always been in acceptance by the prostitutes since long. Hence, the film has not expressed remorse at the brothel, but has enhanced the bravery shown by the residents. There shan’t be any division that exists in a brothel, except the one between limbs, chest, and heart!
The might of a film is to captivate and persuade the audiences to come the theatres and watch the film. Being unbiased, I would claim that the trailer of Rajkahani has actually proved to be successful in doing so. Cheers!