New Aparna Sen Film "ITI MRINALINI" (2011) - Bengali Movie Review & Video Report from Premiere in Kolkata (WBRi Exclusive)

By Subhomoy Mukherjee

Video: New Kolkata Bengali Movie Iti Mrinalini by Aparna Sen - Premiere
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Calcutta, July 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Priya – the favourite destination for all cine houses of Kolkata for screening premiere shows, witnessed the first show of Iti Mrinalini – the latest venture by eminent director Aparna Sen (interview) produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. The director dedicated the premiere show to cinematographer of the film Late Somak Mukhopadhyay who passed away in an accident just before the film was completed.

Film Review - Iti Mrinalini

Anupam Roy & Aparna Sen at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini (C) WBRi Inc.
Anupam Roy & Aparna Sen at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini

Konkona Sen Sharma at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini (C) WBRi Inc.
Konkona Sen Sharma at Premiere of Iti Mrinalini

The film is a bit lengthy but has a strong story line with powerful acting by all. The music of the film is it's asset under the direction of Debjyoti Mishra (interview), who successfully brings the true sprit of 60s and 70s. But we must emphasize the cinematography of the film. Somak did a excellent job! We missing you, Somak!

All the actors including director herself as Mrinalini have portrayed their characters very successfully but Konkana has done a remarkably splendid job as young Mrinalini. She successfully paints every shade of Mrinalini’s life spreading over two decades.

Premiere of Iti Mrinalini in Kolkata

Konkona, Debjyoti, Saheb & Kaushik
Konkona, Debjyoti, Saheb & Kaushik

Konkona Sen Sharma, Aparna Sen, Srijit Mukherji and Child Actresses who Played Young Mrinalini
Konkona Sen Sharma, Aparna Sen, Srijit Mukherji and Child Actresses who Played Young Mrinalini

The star-studded evening was attended by Aparna Sen herself, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Kaushik Sen, Locket Chatterjee (interview), Saheb Bhattacharya (interview), Srijit Mukhopadhyay (interview), Anupam Roy (interview), Sohag Sen, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Ananya Chatterjee (interview), Arijit Dutta, Anjan Dutta (interview), Moonmoon Sen, Finance Minister Amit Mitra, Mahendra Soni, Srikant Mohta among others.

Ranvir Shorey
Ranvir Shorey

Sohag Sen
Sohag Sen
Sohag Sen

The audience broke into laughter when Aparna Sen searched for her son in law actor Ranvir Shorey saying “Amaar jamai ta kothai gyalo”. Aparna introduced Konkona as "aamar chelebela" (my childhood), and of course, her younger daughter.

This biographical film of Aparna Sen scripted by herself along with Ranjan Ghosh starts with writing of suicide note by an aged heroine Mrinalini after returning from premiere show of her last film - a note which she signs as "Iti Mrinalini". The entire story of the film has been told over writing of  the suicide note. It was the last night of Mrinalini’s life but she did not commit suicide. Then what happened to her? For the answer you have to watch the movie!!

Story - Plot - Synopsis of Iti Mrinalini

The film is story of a middle class girl Mrinalini who hails from a joint family and is getting bored of the systems of joint family. Her elder brother stays in Canada and she aspires to study there after graduating from Presidency College. She was close with her batch mate Avi, a naxalite killed by the police. She then bagged the lead female role in a film called Rajani directed by Siddhartha Sarkar - and her performance wins her a national award for best actress. Gradually she becomes the numero uno of Bengali film industry and falls in love with Siddhartha.

Since Siddhartha is married, an expecting Mrinalini marries him at Kali temple and gives birth to their daughter, Sohini, in Canada. Her elder brother and his adopted Sohini but young Sohini is aware about her mother's identity since she calls Mrinalini as Mamoni.

Mrinalini cannot continue her relationship with the married Siddhartha, and met author Chinton Nair in the mean time. Chinton appears as a friend, philosopher and guide to her and supports her at every critical stage of her life. She tried to end her life by consuming sleeping pills after the death of Sohini in a plane crash, but failed.

Then after death of famous director Satyajit Ray, Mrinalini decided to leave the film industry since she hoped of getting a call from the legend.

After 15 years of her leaving the industry, US based young director Imtiaz approaches her with the role of Kunti in a film based on Mahabharata and Karna Kunti Sambad by Rabindranath Tagore.

Mrinalini agrees to do the film and during the making of the film, they fall in love with each other. At the premiere show of the film everybody praises Mrinalini for her excellent acting but she is shocked to see Imtiaz intimate with a new generation heroine Heera who played the role of Draupadi in the film, and to listen to the announcement that Heera will be the heroine of Imtiaz’s dream project Raktakarabi based on play of same name by Rabindranath Tagore since previously Imtiaz seemed eager to cast Mrinalini as Nandini, the central character of Raktakarabi.

Mrinalini returns home and decides to commit suicide. Then she starts to write the note - where from the film “Iti Mrinalini” starts.

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