Monday, 9 June 2008

Chalo Let's Go

I was never a film buff.

I mean I do not enjoy sitting inside a dark hall sharing some tear jerking melodrama with a group of unknown individuals; or for that matter neither do I appreciate laughing at some antics on the screen. I would rather read a quiet book at home and let my imagination run wild or go to the Eden Gardens and shout my guts out in favour of the Indian Cricket team (and not for a certain Mr. Khan) .

My experiences of a cinema hall were for Feluda films, Goopy Gyne series and of course, some love stories which I had seen with my wife ( which was when we were dating pre-marriage).

I have also sat through a lot of good movies in my living room, reclining on my sofa and with occasional flipping of sports channels in between thrown in for good measure. And I for a good measure diligently read the film reviews and gossip published in the Tabloid section of The Telegraph, Ananda Bazar Patrika and the Times of India -- such that I do not feel left out of the office lunch corner.

With that sort of background I contrive to do this blog on a film - a recent one by Anjan Dutta.

The seeds were sown with us (my wife and I) attending the Music Release of the film ' Chalo Let's Go'. This had to do with my love for the songs of Anjan Dutta and the presence of my 'Orkut Friend' Rudranil as one of the actors in the film. I loved the music and my wife seizing my moment of vulnerability (wives do have a sixth sense in reading the vulnerable moments of their husbands) extracted a promise out of me to see the film.

And so there I was at the movie hall with mixed feelings -- waiting for the movie to set rolling.

Two hours later I emerged out of the hall slightly uncomfortable-- dazed by the simplicity of the story, uplifted by the complexity dealt out in this span. A simple non linear story line dealing with the myriad nature of what we call the human mind embellished by the lush backdrop of North Bengal , nurtured by mind blowing music and held together by superb acting by non-stars made my evening.

I am tempted to discuss the nuances in detail . But I desist as neither do I have the capacity to express such depth, nor do I intend to give out the hidden joys that the film holds for the viewer. I would rather wish that individuals walk in to see the film and appreciate it in their own way. I know that it is not a 'classic'. But If you are a Bengali in the strange world of today, then the film would have held a small bit of recognition of yourself in any or many of the characters portrayed.

So I would recommend to all and sundry to 'Chalo let's go'.


Oreen said...

i am yet to watch Bong Connection and Bow Barracks Forever, but Anjan Dutta has always been rather close to our bengali hearts...

maybe... just maybe... this calls for a trip to Kol? Just to watch the movie?

if I could ride to Hyderabad (575 kms) just to have biryani... this shouldn't be a problem, what do you think?

Lazyani said...

What is distance if you have food for your soul?

Sharat said...

took your suggestion and watched the movie yesterday. really a must watch for all..

Lazyani said...

@ Sharat,

Good that you liked the movie too.

Joydeep said...

All songs from Anjan Dutta
tumi na
bayas amar
bosey achi
Calcutta 16
ek din
eta ki 2441139
half choklate
jeriminer behala
jete hobe
marry an
kao ghan
mon amar
mrs mukherjee
phire asbo
purano guiter
raja rai
sesh bale
tumi asbe
tumi asbe

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

I liked the film too.

And the more I see of Rudranil (recently on a Star Jolsha series called "High Speed" and on a comedy show) the more I admire his skills - please do convey my regards.