Bangla Movie Mati Amar Ma Review, Story, Wallpapers and Trailer at WBRi

By Priyanka Dutta / WBRINN
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Rituparna Sengupta and Rachana Banerjee in Indian Bangla Movie MATI AMAR MA (2013)
Rituparna Sengupta and Rachana Banerjee

Kolkata, June 3 (Washington Bangla Radio): What happens when the idol of Goddess Durga is made using clay from areas inhabited by Muslims? What happens when a father clings on to a long lost Zamindari heritage and pride? These are some of the many unorthodox issues explored by Kolkata Bangla movie ‘Mati Amar Maa’.

Rituparna Sengupta and Rachana Banerjee in Indian Bangla Movie MATI AMAR MA (2013)
Rituparna Sengupta and Rachana Banerjee

The story of the film begins with Aditya Narayan (Dipankar De) and his wife Monimala (Mamata Shankar) waiting for the return of their daughter Devika (Rachana Banerjee) from Kolkata. The father who is no longer a Zamindar now still clings on to his long lost pride of blue blood. The daughter Devika differs in thought from her father. She works for the betterment of the village, helps poor villagers meet their ends and spreads education with her own limited means. It is this tussle that leads to the death of Monimala.

Devika leaves for Kolkata to pursue higher studies. The villagers who cannot afford a square meal are forced to sell their daughters for money. The girl traffickers plan to sell off many girls and it is then Nargis (Rituparna Sengupta) comes to the rescue of the girls.

In the meantime Devika comes back to take charge of her ancestral property. Manish, a idol maker by proffesion is in love with Amina, a blind Muslim girl. Trouble begins when he decides to make the idol with clay from the Muslim inhabited area. Is Devika successful in organizing the Durga puja ?

Dulal Dey must be credited for taking up such social issues. The trafficking issue has been shown in great detail. How the villagers in desperation sell off their daughters have been portrayed well. The director must also be credited for showcasing communal problems that still exist in India. The only hitch in the narration is that often the parallel stories get jumbled up and create confusion in the minds of the audience.

Kolkata New Bangla Movie MATI AMAR MA Wallpaper Poster - Rituparna Sengupta, Rachana Banerjee

Music director Joydeb Sen has done good work with the soundtrack. Songs like “ei mati amar ma”, “bisoyo porom o beesh” or “Nodi ekul bhange okul gore” are pleasing and provide a great backdrop to the film. The Baul music tradition which is followed in the songs “ei mati amar maa” and “nodi ekul bhange okul gore” are outstanding.

Kolkata New Bangla Movie MATI AMAR MA Wallpaper Poster - Rituparna Sengupta, Rachana Banerjee

Diapnkar De and Mamata Shankar do an expectedly good job as the aged Zamindar couple. Confrontation scenes between Rachana and Dipankar De powerfully reveal the tussle of the father-daughter duo. Rituparna Sengupta as Nargis is average in parts and is over the top in most of the scenes. Paran Bandopadhyay as the clerk of the erstwhile Zamindar plays his part pretty well.

Mati Amar Maa will make you think. This is not the best of films showcasing communal differences or trafficking issues, but one must give due credit to the director for the attempt to tackle such difficult issues.