HoiChoi’s recent original ‘Bhalo Theko Ful’ is inspired from a popular short film ‘The Hospital Window’and Ruskin Bond’s story ‘The Eyes Are Not Here’. (Both of which are one click away from Google.) ‘The Hospital Window’ tells the story of two men sharing a room in a healthcare unit. Each day the disabled patients tell the blind man all the exciting stuff he can see from the window. They form a bond and the atmosphere brightens up. One day the blind man comes to know that his buddy couldn’t make it, to relive his co-patient’s memory he requests the nurse to tell him what she can see outside the window. She informs him that there’s nothing but a brick wall.
‘Bhalo Theko Ful’ is based on the same plotline except here there’s a blind man and a blind woman. Each day the man pretends to read a story for the woman. She is unaware of his blindness. (A narrative similar to Ruskin Bond’s ‘The Eyes Are Not Here’.
The film remains uninteresting from the very start. I was able to develop the patience to watch this film because it claimed to be 16 minutes long, but felt longer. Aspirant filmmakers wrongly live under the notion that a film becomes a piece of art when it has slow-motion long shots. Can we just clarify and say that no it isn’t! Long shots, slow motions, shots of leaves, shots of rain, aren’t always romantic, especially when you haven’t arranged your plotline properly enough.
Writers, screenplay writers, and the director need to strictly sit down and understand aspects of filmmaking. Mentions of late Rituparno Ghosh, Rabindranath Tagore won’t always work as a plus point to your film. Even in his last few days, when Rituparno Ghosh lost his own touch, he was heavily criticised for his lack of effort.
Bhalo Theko Ful is available on HoiChoi