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Hawa Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5

Hawa Movie Review : A revenge drama in the high seas

Mejbaur Rahman Sumon’s Hawa can be considered as a revenge tragedy that starts off slow but builds up in tempo as it progresses. The plot has common threads and known shades, but the way it is presented is what makes it interesting.
From the very beginning, Kamrul Hasan Khoshru and Tanveer Ahmed Shovon’s play with colors and textures will force one to pause and reimagine the frame as they blend reality and fantasy with shades of cyan, orange, cobalt and green to the point where the viewer is teased into a sense of unreal reality that slowly makes its presence felt as the plot progresses. The sea then not only becomes the stoic witness to the tragedy about to unfold, or the perfect prop to initiate conflicts and romance, but also what becomes the main channel of entrance and exit into the plot. This pulls the film through spaces where the story’s apparent probability is in some question, perhaps, as well the lack of character development for virtually everyone excluding the protagonist, creating many ambiguous pawns used by the director to move the plot ahead. Dialogues are used often to explain or incite, but at times they feel rehearsed and repetitive, and could have used better editing.
Perhaps the character that is best explored and developed is that of Chan Majhi, portrayed by Chanchal Chowdhury. As the chief sailor, he is the man in charge of all the dealings, where he watches over the money like a hawk and distributes it as he sees fit, and Chowdhury creates a bombastic, flawed, sly, sexual creature with a commanding presence on screen. As the fishermen pulls in Gulti (Nazifa Tushi), trouble starts brewing in the air, and storms and troubled waters make the entrance even more ominous. However, her quick acceptance into the motley crew is made easier with her hypnotic gaze, a feat that she uses to her advantage, a siren to the seamen. She makes friends with Iba (Sariful Razz), who is already suspicious of Chan Majhi and upset about the unjust division of money after making underhanded deals and selling off fish from the boat. However, in the sea, nothing is certain and the budding romance is quickly superseded by the revenge element of the plot, which twists it towards a crescendo of a finale that rushes in like a bloody coastal storm. The first part of the story has plenty of funny moments, and Nasir Uddin Khan as Nagu is hilarious with his sense of comic timing and quips.
Music plays a major role in the film, and both E hawa (Meghdol) and Sada sada kala kala (written by Hashim Mahmud and performed by Arfan Mredha Shiblu) are eminently hummable, while the sound is used to amplify the sense of doom. However, the first half does feel slow and although there’s some build-up, editing could have been crisper in the first part, while slightly less rushed near the end that may leave one with mixed feelings, albeit watching a visual treat.
— Poorna Banerjee

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