'Baari tar Bangla' WBRi exclusive Review

By Jyoti Prakash Mandal

“Bari tar Bangla”, Ad Guru Rangan Chakrabarty’s latest venture on the big screen is a fun filled yet an eye-opener on the follies of Bengalis and Bengal’s socio-political scenario.

Roopchand (Saswata Chatterjee) has been the top ad maker in Bengali print media for years. The slogans created by him for the ads were no less than magic spells making each and every campaign super successful. But Roopchand suddenly finds himself to be out of words and the ability to write Bengali. That leads him to seek a medical treatment to it and lands at the chamber of a Psychiatrist named Abanti (Raima Sen). As Abanti delves deeper in to the past of Roopchand, Roopchand’s relation with his possessive mother, leftist father and Roopchand’s rise as an ad maker is revealed.

The visual narrative by director Rangan Chakrabrty is the most hilarious factor in the movie. From the age of four months old to 40 years old Saswata has played every age on the screen. One can imagine what effects it may have on the audience but will feel to the fullest only after they have watched it. The script has been designed brilliantly to tickle the funny bones with the best tweakers available.Many one line slogans of the ads created by Roopchand can make the audience laugh even in their dreams. The way the script has narrated the chronicles of Bengal’s socio-political scenario will make people laugh and realise the folly filled realities at the same time.

'Baari tar Bangla premiere

                                     Raima Sen at 'Baari tar Bangla' premiere.

The film has many aspects to talk about. The son-mother relationship has been dealt with  details and is a satirical yet touchy take on the over-possessive mothers of Bengal. The journey of Roopchand’s career as an ad maker can be an inspiration to many young ad makers but they should ignore a couple of silly in-film ads to be inspired from. The opening act where Saswata heads to a medicine shop to seek medicine for his problem about common cold and fever, may fall short of logic but can be easily ignored as the film is not to be judged logically. The climax of the film is not the conventional way of a film to end but no one should wonder if the closing scene of the film is not the end of it at all as there is quite a possibility of a sequel following. After all our home land Bengal has much more issues which deserves such an onscreen treatment.