Anya Na (2013): New Kolkata Bangla Movie Review - Story of the sacrifice of a woman and exploits of the male dominated society

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal / WBRINN

jpmandal@washingtonbanglaradio.com

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Partha Sarathi Joardar’s latest film ‘Anya Na’ has a story which deals with the sacrifice of a woman for her family and the exploits of the male dominated society. The movie though deals with a theme seen a lot times before in different forms, still has its own appeal.

Ananya (Ananya Chatterjee) is married to Aloke (Nigel Akkara) who is an aspiring filmmaker and is in search of a financer. Aloke is so busy in himself that he never cares for what his wife seeks. Apart from the couple, their family consists of Aloke’s parents and a younger sister.

As Aloke does not have a stable income source, the family wants Ananya to join a job and contribute to the family’s income. Ananya is well educated but not so smart enough to muster the confidence of going out and working. She is rather homely and takes pleasure in doing all the domestic works like cooking and family caring. Enters one of Ananya’s college (Koneenica) friend from past. She offers Ananya a job in a big travel agency and also promises to find a finacer for Aloke’s film. After initial hesitations, Ananya gives in due to family pressure and goes to meet her friends boss (Krishna Kishore). But she little  knew that it was her rendezvous with downfall. A spiked coffee took control out of Ananya’s ownself and when she wakes up, the damage was done by the boss.

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Gradually Ananya realises that it was her friend who set all this up but her family only cares about money. So she joins the escort agency and keeps her family happy with the flow of easy money. Aloke too goes ahead with his film which is being produced by the Ananya’s boss. But all hell breaks loose as one day as Ananya spends a night with a wrong client. What happens after that comprises of the rest of the film.

This film marks a new standard of film from the director Partha Sarathi Joarder. He handles the film quite well though it is clear that he has a long way to go when it comes to handling in-film ads and other minute details. How can we come across a highly groomed Ananya mourning her sufferings sporting a designer saree and neat hair do? He should also work on restricting his characters being too loud. He can make himself better if he avoid being addicted to using too much static shot and learn to juggle more with different camera angles and cut shots.

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Nigel tries hard to act but only manages to deliver a mediocre performance as he is a bit weaker side on portraying right amount of emotion as per situation. He is either less on expression or overloud. Accent also seems to be a problem for him.

Ananya steals the show with her controlled expressions, a skill only brilliant actors possess. She is just so natural that every woman can relate herself to her plights.

Music of the film is quite decent though it can never be called a musical extravaganza. But the film can be watched for brilliant performance of Ananya Chatterjee.