Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5
Anusandhan Movie Review : A familiar dark tale with a fresh twist
The film may be an adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 1956 novel, A Dangerous Game, which has seen many screen and stage adaptations over the years, including the recent Chehre, but Kamaleswar Mukherjee, while sticking close to the original storyline, has penned an impressive screenplay with a narrative that swings back and forth between the trial and the events in Indra’s life that finally lead him to the defendant’s box. The audience is kept guessing about the connection between the family conducting the trial and Indra’s ex-boss (Kamaleswar) and his wife (Payel), as the judge (Churni) is shown creating accurate pencil sketches of the duo during the trial. It’s this guessing game that makes the film an engaging watch. The twist in the end is a fresh touch, even for those who are familiar with the original story.
The strength of the film, however, lies in its cast. Saswata has outdone himself in certain parts. His expressions as he watches his boss dying of a heart attack are such a great mixture of wickedness and joy that they change the audience’s perception about the simple salesman who has gone places. Then of course there’s his ruthless boss who doesn’t bat an eyelid before insulting him or hitting his wife. Kamaleswar manages to create quite a disgusting image of the man in his rather short screen time. Payal too has done justice to her character. Then there’s the judge’s family. They are the ones whose quirks keep the story flowing. On one hand, the judge and the prosecutor (Riddhi) are convinced that Indra is a murderer, and on the other, the defense counsel and the executioner have other views.
Even the melodious soundtracks by Anupam Roy are nice breaks from the darkness of the trial and overall the shots are very well framed, giving the narrative just the right visual perspective.
But yes, there is one question that demands an answer. You can call it a spoiler, but how does Indra recognise his daughter who he hasn’t seen since birth? Also, why does he seem to throw his cigarette butt twice in a row when he visits his boss’ house right after the latter’s death? Continuity error? Maybe.
The bottomline – Anusandhan is your chance to watch good cinema in a theatre after the long dull break. And yes, it is a really good watch.