Mandaar (2021) Review

Anirban Bhattacharya's rustic take on Macbeth is an instant classic

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Mandaar (2021) Review
Platform
Hoichoi
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
Crime,DRAMA
Language
Bengali

What is the story about?

The series looks at Mandaar and Laili's plan to lord over the village of Geilpur, and how their downfall ensues.

Analysis

Something is rotten in the town of Geilpur, and for a change, there's utter chaos. Fish is a dominant motif throughout its harbour and the lives of its residents, where everyone is trying to assert themselves. Mandaar, the protagonist, feels powerless not just as a henchman, but also as a husband due to his sexual dysfunctions. His wife, Laili, has an arrangement with his boss under which she sleeps with him every now and then. When William Shakespeare wrote Macbethhe may not have thought about transporting his story to a rural setting in coastal West Bengal, but actor Anirban Bhattacharya makes a stunning debut as creator and director with this five-part adaptation. The East Midnapore dialect of Bengali adds a lot of flavour to the proceedings, but Bhattacharya's real win is how skilfully he understands and transplants the nuances of the original text in a rural setting. Grab a chair, and binge-watch this. You won't regret it.

Performances

Debashish Mondal is the find of this show as Mandaar, while Sohini Sarkar lends terrific support as his wife Laili. The rest of the cast, who are known faces in the world of Bengali theatre, are superb in their parts as well.

Music & Other Departments

Soumik Halder's cinematography, with wide drone shots, lends a lot of character to the proceedings. The background score is excellent.

Highlights

  • Gripping screenplay
  • Superb performances from the entire cast

Drawbacks

Certain sex scenes could have been toned down.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes.

Do I recommend it?

Yes.



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