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Abbar Kanchanjangha

Abbar Kanchanjangha Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5

Abbar Kanchanjangha Movie Review : Abbar Kanchanjangha

Let’s get this clear at the onset that Abbar Kanchanjangha has nothing to do with Satyajit Ray’s 1962 film, Kanchenjungha. It is as independent as it can be. Director Raajhorshee De has pulled off a casting coup of sorts with more than 15 actors and actresses portraying different characters. They travel together to Darjeeling, pretend to be closely knit, but fall apart in no time.

Set in the backdrop of Darjeeling, where the family has its ancestral home, the film deals with interpersonal relationships between brothers, ex-lovers, masters and caretakers, sisters-in-law, cousins and so on. From financial to health and sometimes legal, there are several issues plaguing the family.

Despite the presence of fine actors and actresses, the film fails to develop the characters properly. While some remain in focus, some trail off in oblivion only to make an appearance at a point when everyone has forgotten them. However, each actor appears to be convincing enough. A few of them need special mention. Arpita looks very pretty on screen and delivers a gorgeous performance. Rahul as Debesh, a politician, has put up a brilliant act. His crass and crude nature comes out effortlessly. While Tnusree Chakraborty, Kaushik Sen, Padmanabha Dasgupta and others have essayed a very decent performance, it is Bidipta Chakraborty who steals the show among family members. While her makeup was a little over the top, her performance was spot on. She was one of the most convincing characters in the film.

Kanchenjunga shines bright on the screen and the entire landscape looks picturesque. All through the film, we see darchogs in that area. But, that doesn’t add anything to the script. The background score appears jumpy. Just before the intermission, the tension within a family gets depicted through suspense music. It also has a few songs that are soulful and intense.

Cinema halls are just opening up and a movie outing is surely something worth investing in leisure. One can watch it for the sheer love for Bengali films. However, with such strong competition from smart Bollywood and even smarter south Indian movies, Bengali films surely need to up their game a bit more.

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