Kolkata March, 3, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations)
Tollywood has grown up a lot over the past decade or so. While
mainstream commercial flicks have become more glossy and stylized,
filmmakers have also started to showcase their versatility and flair by
making movies which attempted to address contemporary societal issues
with greater regularity. Thus, we had Mainak Bhaumik displaying the
intricacies of urbane relationships in ‘Bedroom’, while Suman
Ghosh highlighted the lost values and respect for age-old traditions in
the present-day society through his (quite fantastic!) ‘Nobel Chor’.
Such films have (with different degrees of success, of course!) managed
to establish a connection with the general viewers, who have been able
to identify themselves with the characters of these movies. Director Sourav Mukhopadhyay (interview)
tries to maintain this healthy trend of making films off the beaten
track with ‘Zameen’, a movie that portrays the problems and issues
related to land and property in the state.
The promotions for the movie were distinctly low key, but, given the
topical nature of its central theme, one expected ‘Zameen’ to be an
engrossing film indeed. In spite of being made with a limited budget,
the film does not disappoint either!
‘Zameen’ starts off with the tale of ‘Shiben’ (Amit Bhattacharya),
a common, moderately well-to-do villager, who lives in Palashpur. He
has a small, but happy family, comprising of his mother ‘Shovarani’ (Supriya Devi), his wife ‘Basanti’ (Dolon Roy - interview)
and his young son ‘Amar’. The only source of income for ‘Shiben’s
family is the grocery shop that he runs in the village. An extremely
good-natured man, ‘Shiben’ is highly popular in the village and his
family is loved by one and all. His is a life of simple pleasures,
indulging his beloved son at times and playing little pranks on his wife
on other occasions. ‘Shiben’s family is not the wealthiest in the
world, but they are content with their earthly possessions. Little
‘Amar’ is a brilliant student and his parents dream of the day when he
would bag a lucrative job and become truly successful in life.
Actress Aindrila Chakraborty at the premiere