EKTI TARAR KHONJE (Stars Never Sleep) 2010 Bengali Movie Review by Aditya Chakrabarty

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Kolkata, India, June 25, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) ‘Ekti Tarar Khonje’ (English title Stars Never Sleep) is all about Abhi, the lead character, a young guy who comes to Kolkata from Chandernagore to make his dreams come true.

EKTI TARAR KHONJE Bengali Film PosterThe film is all about love, betrayal and crime. It is very difficult to categorize the film Because though it is being termed as a crime thriller, yet it is not a crime thriller in true sense and it does have it’s share of drama and moments between Abhi and Rani. This is Avik Mukherjee’s first film as a director by being cinematographer for such wonderful films like Chokher Bali - A Passion Play (DVD), Raincoat (DVD), Patalghar (DVD) and Antaheen (DVD). The cinematography of Antaheen was wonderful to say the least and visually captivating. This film is of a different kind and can not compared to Antaheen by way of it’s cinematography. The lead character is Abhi someone who dreams of becoming a star, has stars in his eyes and so lands up in a city like Kolkata to make his dreams come true. He stays at a rented place, has an eccentric landlord who stays indoors the entire day, plays the Esraj, knows his Shakespeare well and goes out at night. He is sin love with the landlord’s niece Rani. He gets trapped in the big bad world of crime unknowingly and from there, it sis point of no return. At the same time he also gets a role as a second lead in a Bengali film. This is where Shayan has acted well where he as Abhi is shown to be in a dilemma. He is at a crossroad and he just can not see a straight path. Therefore all he can do is to depend on his lady love There is a blast at the building from where the gang operates and Abhi’s boss dies along with other gang members. Abhi’s is at peace at last. What is important is the handling of the film. The suspense remains till last and one has to see the film to know the real identity of Abhi’s boss. It can not be revealed and is in fact a surprise element of the film.

After cinematography, Avik Mukherjee is bound to be successful even with directing a film and the same can be said of Aniruddha Roychoudhury achieving success as a producer with this film after having nothing else to prove after the stupendous success of his Antaheen (DVD). Shayan is a boyish looking hero and so at times as one feels that Arpita looks older than him and even behaves so, it just might seem to be a minus point. Arpita is again seen on the big screen after seven years and she has done a good job as Rani. The songs of Antaheen might seem to be much better to most people in comparison to this film, but the songs of this film are also very nice thanks to the efforts of Prabuddha Banerjee (music director of Arindam Nandy's 2008 film Via Darjeeling [DVD]). Most of the songs have been sung by Shaan and one Rabindrasangeet - "Sakhi Kahare" has been sung beautifully by Jayati. The lyrics are by Silajit, Souvik Misra, and Chandril and Anindya of Chandrabindoo fame. Dhritiman Chatterjee as Ananda again features in an interesting role as Ananda just like he had an interesting role in Hitlist. Nowadays Rudranil is being seen in a few films directed by directors who do not really make commercial cinema. As usual, he has a few one liners, but there is some profanity in the film which is very surprising considering that this is from Aniruddha Roychoudhury (he is the producer). The remarkable fact about this film is that this film has been shot with a RED camera in Bengali films for the very first time. This is a new technological development and the advantages are that a few more scenes can be shot and the post production work could be done in Kolkata. Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Che and ‘Shutter Island’ by Martin Scorsese are films which have been made with a RED camera. Dibyendu is excellent as one of the criminals. Arghya Kamal Mitra is the editor of the film.

The ending might be a little predictable for a few people, but for the rest just watch the film to find out the real identity of Abhi’s boss.