Kolkata, March 3, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Powerful performances, a script approaching flawlessness, outstanding direction and smart application of modern techniques and technology, not to mention the effect of the F word in a Bengali film, have taken the Kolkata Bangla movie "Aborto" higher than the rest.
Arindam Sil is very capable of wearing many hats at once, and marks his directorial debut with the film. The characters are all named after various famous characters from legendary Satyajit Ray films.
Shyamal (Tota Roy Chowdhury) hails from a very ordinary family and climbs the corporate ladder fast to executive management. Blinded by ambition, he has neglected his personal relationships. Leaving his ancestral home and loving elder brother (Kaushik Ganguly), he has moved into an expensive apartment with his wife Charu (Joya Ahsan). He ignores his wife and spends more time with his pretty secretary Duli Mitra (Resshmi Ghosh). His relationship with Duli is obvious to everyone in his office, and he has sex with her while on an out-of-city trip.
The lonely abandoned wife Charu meets upcoming cricketer Hari (Abir Chatterjee ) who is having having a high time in his career and is presently representing his team in Indian Premiere League. Hari starts liking Charu, who gives in to his advances after initially resisting him.
Shyamal gets drawn into corporate politics, and becomes Vice President edging out rival Rono (Saswata Chatterjee). Unfortunately, on the day of the annual meeting of the company with the stock holders, many beans are spilled and the ugliest of trump cards are brought into play. Watch the film to find out what is revealed and what happens from here on.
Very few recent films have been executed better than this one. The film goes back and forth depicting the story of Shyamal’s journey up the corporate chain. The color treatments of present and past timeline frames are excellent.
The actors are at their very best. Tota Roy Chowdhury has extracted every bit of his actor-self to deliver a memorable performance - perhaps the best performance of Tota yet. Bangladeshi actress Joya Ahsan was the subject of a lot of curiosity and expectations, and she is a revelation in Tollywood, putting on display her remarkable acting prowess for which she is famous east-side. Abir Chatterjee as the flirty cricketer is the perfect choice. His physique, good looks, body language and even his scar (sport persons do suffer injuries) fit exactly into his role of a bright cricketer lady-killer. Saswata Chatterjee again plays a grey shade in this film and does that very well, just as expected from him. Arindam Sil has also sketched the smaller characters well and they have their own importance in building up the plot. So Pijush in the role of Jyoti and Ritwick in the role of Duli’s worthless brother who is of much value to Rono maintain their reputations as good performers. Arindam Sil himself plays a cameo of a top boss and he does it in style. Reshmi hosh uses both her body and expressions to get into the skin of her character, just the way it demanded.
The array of songs the film offers is just irresistible and every one of them takes us to into a trance. Very few movies come up with all ‘must listen’ tracks. Bickram Ghosh lives up to his fame as the music composer. The film is also surely going to be a strong contender for a Best Background Music of the Year award.
The features the work of some very strong technical crew members. Soumik Halder’s cinematography and competent editing by Sujoy Dutt Ray deserve high marks.
Aborto’ has a strong potential of becoming a milestone in the chronicles of Indian Bangla movie industry, notwithstanding some pundits tagging it as a remake of Satyajit Ray’s iconic ‘Seemabaddho’.
Watch Aborto(2013) Bengali Movie Official Trailer (Youtube)
Cast: Jaya Ahsan, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Resshmi Ghosh, Abir Chatterjee, Kaushik Ganguly, Saswata Chatterjee, Ritwik Chakraborty, Barun Chanda, Locket Chatterjee
Directed By Arindam Sil
Written By Arindam Sil
Screenplay By Atanu Ghosh, Arindam Sil and Padmanava Das Gupta
Produced By Globsyn Media Ventures, CineMine Entertainment, Maple Productions
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