Fashion Designer Masaba Gupta Creates Spectacular Designs in BHORER ALO (Bengali, 2011) - Film Review

By Subhomoy Mukherjee

[Still of a Dance Sequence in Bengali film Bhorer Alo (2011)]
[Rohit Roy & Rituparna Sengupta in Tollywood Kolkata Bengali Movie Bhorer Alo]
[Bengali Actress Rituparna Sengupta in BHORER ALO Tollywood movie]

Calcutta, April 25, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) National Award winner Prabhat Roy is among the acclaimed directors in the Bengali film Industry. Roy’s films have attracted significant audience interest even during the dark days of Tollywood a few years ago. Roy’s films like Lathi, Shet Pathorer Thala, Sedin Chaitro Maash, Sudhu Ekbar Bolo, etc. were box-office successes.

Given the film-maker’s accomplished past, my expectations ran high at the premiere of Roy’s new film “Bhorer Aalo” on the 22nd of March at Priya in Kolkata.

The story of the film revolves around five characters - Arunabho Mitro (Priyangshu Chatterjee ), Srimati (Rituparna Sengupta), Subhankar Bose (Rohit Roy), Payel and Rinka (Anusmriti playing both roles).

Produced by Green Pigeon Movies (Vaishali Dalmiya Productions), the film is based on a crisis in identity, love, betrayal and strange twists of fate.

Arunabha lives with his daughter Rinka. He lost his wife Srimati when Rinka was a kid.

Rinka’s boyfriend tells her one day that her father Arunabha is in a relationship with a woman. Rinka follows Arunabha the next day and does see her dad with a woman.

Driven by shock, Rinka decides to leave the house. Around this time, Arunabha reveals more shocking facts about Rinka’s birth, her biological parents Payel and Subhankar, and about his wife Srimati and himself.

Renowned composer Jeet Ganguly has directed the music of the film. Baba Yadav is the choreographer, and the famous fashion designer Masaba Gupta (daughter of actress Nina Gupta and cricketer Vivian Richards) designed the costumes – the debut of Masaba Gupta as a designer in a feature film.

Though I expected a good family drama from Prabhat Roy, Bhorer Aalo turned out to be a lengthy melodrama.

Except a surprise in store about Srimati towards the finale of the film, the script is often weak, resulting in some cases in predictability and loss of the surprise element.

The music is also stereotypical, except two songs where Jeet Ganguly has lived up to his fame gracefully.

The choreography of the dance show of Subhankar and Srimati, and the song-dance sequence at the beach are good.

The best asset of the film is the vibrant dresses designed by Masaba. The costumes of Rituparna and Anusmriti are especially well done.

Rituparna, who started her journey in Tollywood with Shwet Pathorer Thala by Prabhat Roy, delivers a great performance as the overtly possessive elder sister. Her expressions as an old lady are also excellent.

Sudipta Chakraborty’s great dubbing of Anusmriti is marred to some extent by laters lackluster performance. Priyangshu portrays his role very well but Rohit Roy’s acting is short of impressive, and hindered by his diction of Bengali.

Check out some more stills from Bhorer Alo. WBRi thanks Neel B Mitra for information and images in this post.

[Still from Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie BHORER ALO (2011)] [Still from Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie BHORER ALO (2011)]
[Still from Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie BHORER ALO (2011)][Still from Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie BHORER ALO (2011)]
[Bhorer Alo Bengali Film][Still from Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie BHORER ALO (2011)]
[Still from Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie BHORER ALO (2011)][Still from Kolkata Tollywood Bengali Movie BHORER ALO (2011)]