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Tirandaj Shabor

Tirandaj Shabor Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5

Tirandaj Shabor Movie Review : Arindam Sil is back with a gripping mystery

There are certain stories that are told in a way that’s both fascinating and nauseating, as you understand the impact under the seemingly innocent veneer. Repulsion and attraction are both equally at play in this dark crime thriller by Arindam Sil. With Nigel Akkara playing the prime suspect, Bulu, a Robin Hood-like do-gooder with a chequered past and a taxi for hire, the story takes a dark turn within a short time, and although at times the pace is deliberately slowed down, it is to ingest a lot of information that’s being rapidly disseminated. Add to that some crisp cinematography, drone shots that deliberately show the darkness of the night in the slums, the sombre yellow and browns that bring on an ominous ambience – the vision of drudgery and darkness is rather prominent here. Unfaithful wives, lost love, unwanted marriages – there are many things that may keep the audience invested in the story, but nothing much comes out of them, since some of them are dead ends and could have been shortened.
But there’s hope. In the raw sexual overtures, in the colourful kaleidoscope of the slums, the terrible condition and sadness, grief, going hand in hand with the practicality, the acceptance of the situation, and the establishment of certain characters, whose roles, though brief, are crucial. Chandan Sen, in a short and extremely crucial role as Pareshnath, is subtly brilliant. His words are few, but the intent says it all. Arindam Sil ensures that potency of intent is magnified through his delivery – whether asking for a favour or looking for salvation. Nigel Akkara’s raw-boned beauty is highlighted through his stone-faced silence, a stance that works well for him. As Sumit/Bulu da, he hovers between two worlds, hanging in there between the haves and the have-nots. Sceptical and practical, he plays a role that keeps the audience riveted to his presence. Debjani Chatterjee plays Papia Samaddar quite beautifully. As the wife of the deceased and with her own set of secrets, she is the perfect foil for Arindam Sil’s Sitanath.
It would be safe to say that Saswata Chatterjee has internalized the character of Shabar Dasgupta and continued from where Aschhe Abar Shabar left off. As the detective his work is tedious, practical, and he deals with violence with a tight-lipped proficiency that gives him the ability to experience and unravel the knots and layers of the mystery. The combination of stoicism and cynicism creates rhetorical dialogues, which, I believe, was what the director was looking for – a harbinger of justice who applies his judgment judiciously and deals it aptly, as required. Bickram Ghosh’s music is a good accompaniment. Laglo nesha is rather fun to listen to, and an apt addition, given the plot. It creates a nice distract from a terse situation and brings a little relief. In the contrasting lives of the haves and the have-nots, lines blur and crisscross, and Tirandaj Shabar attempts to track one such story and chase it down to reveal the faces behind the masks, making this film a gripping watch.

Poorna Banerjee

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