Ami Subhash Bolchi

Ami Subhash Bolchi

August 22, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): Lost pride and baseless prejudice!

Lost pride by Bengali people for their own culture, and biased, baseless prejudice against them by masses is at the heart of Shree Venkatesh Film’s Bengali flick ‘Ami Subhash Bolchi,’ directed by Mahesh Manjreker.

Bengal, the land, which has given the world renounced noble price winner laureate Robindra Nath Tagore, another noble price winner scientist Jagdish Chndra Bose, religious leader Swami Vivekananda and the political leader Subhash Chandra Bose - who had refused to be a slave of British Empire and stirred the nation to rebel against them, has lost its morale so much that Bengalis feel ashamed of being called ‘Bose’! They want to hide their identity, change their name to anything but ‘Bose’!

Mahesh Manjrekar has captured this feeling in a very artistic way in his Bengali launchpad ‘Ami Subhash Bolchi.’

His Debabrata Bose, essayed by Mithun Chakraborty, is stuck in “Damn Bangali Bose”, “Jato dosh, Debu Bose” or “Namei Bose, kichu kortey bollei behosh”.

But, at some point, Debu Bose has had enough of abuse. His sub-conscience is not able to take it any longer. He dreams of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who awakens Debu Bose’s pride, revives his confidence to stand-up for himself.

Debu Bose’s new persona is no longer “Damn Bangali Bose”. He is now “Ami Bangali gorbe gorbito ami Bangali, ami gorbito ami Bangali.” He is ready to challenge his abusers and win back respect of his family and the rest of his small world.

As Mithunda puts it, “I have done almost 350 films and this is my boldest film, ever.” He is a treat to eyes in the flick.

Barkha as Debu Bose’s daughter and Shaheb as his son fit well. Anindo plays Netaji.

Mahesh claims his film is for all – from whistle-blowers to frontbenchers; with added commercial tadka. He has dealt with the same subject for his Marathi audiences in “Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy.”

Let’s hope every Bengali feels the same as Mithunda after watching ‘Ami Subhash Bolchi’.

“Ami gorbito ami Bangali.”

-- Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work