The lack of songs also keeps the story short and crisp; hence, it’s a treat that lasts just one and a half hours. Go and watch Monchora.
Monchora is a really sweet start to the New Year — a simple tale told in such a minimalistic way by Sandip Ray that it reminds us of the wonderful Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Basu Chatterjee films of yesteryears. The credit definitely goes to Sandip Ray, who has created on-screen magic. He has given Bengali movie-goers a New Year gift that’s a must-see for all those who value good stories and great performances. Abir and Raima have put in subtle and beautiful performances.
Monchora is a really sweet start to the New Year — a simple tale told in such a minimalistic way by Sandip Ray that it reminds us of the wonderful Hrishikesh Mukherjee or Basu Chatterjee films of yesteryears. That makes it a rare treat — something hard to come by in today’s world of sex and violence-laced pseudo-realistic cinema.
For starters, let’s dwell on the storytelling. The director, apparently, hasn’t taken too much liberty with the original by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay. As a result, this simple, mundane tale of a thief, Dibakar, who turns a new leaf with Nanda’s help, is so humane at its core that it doesn’t need anything else to connect with the audience. Moreover, the elements of humour, romance and intrigue have been knit so subtly into the narrative that it seems nothing more than a slice of life. But it’s the overall positivity of the film that touches you. A seasoned thief, whose past is as big a mystery to the Choudhury family as it is to the audience, not only brightens up Nanda’s life, but also that of her philandering brother, Manmatha, and grandfather, Jadunath. And all throughout, there’s not one instance of overacting or melodrama. Even the amorous relationship between Manmatha and Julie (June) is presented in a very modest, mature and at times, humourous way.
It’s certainly the director’s film, but it’s the actors who made it so believable. Paran Bandopadhyay’s grandfather act is natural, effortless and a treat to watch. And so is Saswata’s lost-in-love performance. Abir and Raima, too, have put in subtle and beautiful performances. June is also good as Manmatha’s lover with a hidden motive. In short, the actors have been used in a very balanced and beautiful manner and they have done complete justice to their roles.
Released:01 Jan 2016
Category:Bengali movies 2016, Featured 2
Writers:Sandip Ray (screenplay), Saradindu Bandopaddhyay (novel)
Stars:Abir Chatterjee, Paran Banerjee, Raima Sen, Saswata Chatterjee
Actors:Abir Chatterjee, June Malia, Paran Banerjee, Raima Sen