Mishwar Rohosyo : Movie Review, Story, Trailer; An engaging tail of clandestine pursuits set in a contemporary frame

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal / WBRINN

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Mishwar Rohosyo review

Kolkata, October 21 (Washington Bangla Radio): Of the many ways Bengalis like to enjoy the Puja vacation, reading Puja special editions and taking a trip comes on top of the list. And of course watching a couple of movies particularly those which are tagged as Puja special releases is always on cards.

 ‘Mishwar Rohosyo’, Srijit Mukherjee’s latest offering to the audience fulfills all of the above mention tools of celebrating the Festive season.  Based on the story of the same name from the ‘Kakababu series’ written by ace Bengali author Sunil Gangopadhaya, the film marks the beginning of a new franchisee.

Raja Roy Chowdhury or ‘Kakababu’ (Prosenjit) is known for his expertise in History and it is also a known fact that he had served Indian Archaeological Survey. Al Mamun (Rajit Kapur), a wealthy businessman from the Middle East approaches Kakababu with an odd request. Al Mamun is one of the main disciples of Prophet Mufti Mohammed (Barun Chandra). Aged Mufti Mohammed has not spoken for ages and communicates only through his drawings, very close to something like Hieroglyphic, the ancient picture writing of Egypt. Al Mamun wants Kakababu to decipher such a code which he guessed to be the will of the religious leader. So Kakababu goes to Delhi to meet the old man in person. But action unfolds before anyone can even guess what the action is all about. As soon as Al Mamun had left Kakababu’s home his car was greeted with a spray of bullets. Al Mamun closely survives the assassination attempt which leaves his driver injured. Next attack was on Kakababu as soon as he arrives in Delhi to meet Mufti Mohammed. The intended Bullet just made a kiss and go with Kakababu giving him a non fatal injury but made sure that Kakababu lands in Hospital. So Kakababu’s nephew and his partner in all adventures was called in and made to fly to Delhi immediately. The very next day when Kakababu is being attended at Hospital, the news comes in that Mufti Mohammed is again producing those writings. Kakababu rushes to Mufti’s place ignoring his injuries. On reaching, he too communicates with Mufti with Hieroglyphic. Mufti replies with another set of drawing which Kakababu deciphers as an event which occurred some decades back and the leader wants him to investigate it before declaring it before the world. So Kakababu decides to take off to Egypt along with Santu.

Surprises were waiting for them at Egypt. Their family friend Snigdha (Swastika Mukherjee) stays there with her Husband Siddharta (Sujan Mukherjee) and sister Rini (Tridha Chowdhury). They greet them at the airport. Siddharta who is an Indian Foreign Service Employee invites them at their house for dinner. Kakababu accepts the offer but there were more unexpected surprises waiting for them. Kakababu is kidnapped by the goons of Hani Alkadi (Indraneil Sengupta), another extremist disciple of Mufti Mohammed. As Kakababu comes face to face with Hani Alkadi, a series of revelations take place changing many perceptions of the characters and of course of the audience too.  

Santu too gets kidnapped by the most unexpected person who thinks that Kakababu is tipped off by Mufti Mohammed about some hidden treasure and demands the information in exchange of Santu. What happens after that is what the story is all about.

Kudos to Srijit Mukherjee for making justice to the demanding plot. The very first thing that comes to our notice is that the adaption of the storyline into contemporary time period. Sunil Gangopadhaya had written the series some decades back and Srijit has literally mind read those characters and has sketched them as they would have been in the present age. Santu rides a fancy bike and wears sporty sunglasses. Kakababu tweets regularly. Even a bullet injury cannot bother his tweeting.

More notable is how Srijit has merged the story with the recent political turmoil of Egypt.

Srijit has treated every minute detail with great care. A personality like Kakababu will always be highly tech savvy. We find that he charges his cell phone with most modern charging device, precisely what seemed to be a mobile plutonium charger. And even before Kakabaubu swings into top gear a casual poster in the house tells you that Every Bengali is not polite, non-violent and vegetarian. The Poster was sporting a picture of a Royal Bengal Tiger. Kakababu obviously was never any less. The VFX and special effects should be mentioned too. The onscreen conjuring of the sand-storm is a thrilling delight, to both eyes and nerves. Soumik Halder, the man behind the camera has literally broken barriers with his works. Egypt has been wonderfully captured by him. He has even manipulated the jerks of the camera to create fabulous effects. Assymtrical Splitscreen

Like we picturize Feluda as Soumitra Chatterjee or Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig as James Bond, immortal character like Kakababu too deserved a face. Prosenjit was the best pick possible to be burdened with that huge responsibility and he has done more than justice to the character.  He tells you what he wants to about himself with his body language. And what his body language does not tell is what he does not want you to know, well, not at least before the right time.

Aryann as Santu has a good screen presence and has come up with a decent performance but sharing screen space with Prosenjit and that too when Bumba da is at his towering best, Aryann surely needs to fine tune his acting. Who has gone through the novels would know that Santu is a cool and patient guy. There is a lot of impatience in Aryann’s attitude and he needs to mend that.

Tridha though has not a lot to contribute to the plot as Rini, still she will get a lot of attention. She has a pretty face, a mesmerizing smile and a slim figure. One can be sure that she can play a lovely teenager for more than a decade.

Sujan Mukherjee and Swastika has supported well with their brief roles and provided some well-fitting comic relief in the intense plot. Rajit Kapoor too was a smart choice for Al Mamun.


But among all of them the one who steals the show is Indraneil Sengupta. Whether he looks, speaks or moves, whatever he does enacting the role of Hani Alkadi he redefines acting. With this character he even redefines the rebels who are ready to take up highly violent steps with the objective of restoring peace and non-violence. Hani Alkadi has been treated very specially in the movie. The Man, who is master of disguises, has knowledge of seventeen languages (including Bengali), keeps both Tagore’s Gitanjali and firearms simultaneously and is ready to compose his third book on poems really deserved to be sketched with care. It seems that the looks of Hani Alkadi is inspired from the characters Immohtep and Voldemort from Hollywood flicks ‘Mummy returns’ and ‘Harry Potter series’ respectively. But inspired from or not, Indraneil as Hani Alkadi will remain as one of the best sketched characters in Bengali film’s history.

Mishwar Rohoshyo is definitely a milestone in Bengali cinema. In this Puja the audience can take a whole trip to Egypt for just a few bucks. The beginning of such a great movie series just cannot be missed. No one should miss the flight to Egypt which is taking off from the theaters all around.