Paanch Phoron review - Love in various shapes and sizes

Paanch Phoron review - Love in various shapes and sizes
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Five directors in Paanch Phoron come together to tell five different stories of love. Phoringer Bou: It begins with the favourite beverage of India. Chai. The kind of tea that’s served in tea stalls, offices, which have a special kind of taste. However, the initial scenes of Phoringer Bou where a stagnant camera captures the conversation between a father and an elderly colleague discussing office gossip has no relevance with the rest of the plot, but director Arka Ganguly manages to bring in his own charm in the timeless tale of a 5-year-old girl’s love story with a dragonfly. Although, the peers, (who are mainly adolescents), get her married to a dragon fly in a mock wedding, she forms a connection with the husband and refuses to let go of it. Phoringer Bou explores the weird obsession we tend to have with something we consider a safety blanket. The film should have been completely focused on the child and her silent obsession. However, the narration of her mother’s domicile chores and father’s office life could have been avoided, although they reflected the middle-class lifestyle one wakes up to experience every morning. Each day is new, we just don’t know it since we aren’t putting them all in a log. Gopone Prem Charan: Here, the love story happens on WhatsApp where a drunk man sends a video text to a married woman. When she lies to her husband and keeps a secret from him, we as audience understand that there must have been some past connection between the caller and the receiver, both of whom have not completely moved on. In the next shot, they meet at a park. There’s a minor amount of passive aggression while referring to each other as ‘aap’. You can’t help but feel the passive aggression even when they are falsely being respectful towards each other, because best-friends, or lovers, do not address each other with such formality. Much later in the film, their names are established. Marriage isn’t the only thing that keeps the woman from keeping an extra-marital affair. She doesn’t want to leave a man who just got a $ 10 million dollar deal, for another man who is spending his inheritance mainly on booze. Time moves slowly like it does in the city of Kolkata, and director Dipankar Dion keeps the unhurried life alive without slow movement of the camera. It lies in the soft breezes in the park, the walk at the lake of Lake Gardens, or just another shot at the roof top of a night club. Literature takes a cinematic form in Gopone Prem Charan, and much it allows you to read the film with ample amount of time and patience. Lilith: Science, technology and algorithms establish themselves, audibly and visually. After watching the previous two films, you can experience a stark contrast in the sound used in Lilith. There’s a working woman, who attempts to be mechanical, but the only problem is she is human who is not made of machines. If Martin Scorscese ever decides to make his film in India, he would probably part ways with his style in Taxi Driver, Irishman and adopt a method akin to the one used in Lilith only to reach a wider mass. After all, Rajnikanth did it in 2.0, and Robot with excessive simplification of his project, so why can’t Mr Scorscese? But keep him aside when you sit down to experience Lilith. There’s a completely other kind of evil involved in this film, which is quite different from the one we have experience in Hollywood through the works of Christopher Nolan, Roman Polanski to name a popular few. Boroho Uttoron: There’s an explicit experience of the lackadaisical life that’s present even in the job sectors of Kolkata. Usually, when you think job, we picture a high-rised building, people walking inside a lift, and a disconnected mass, where human beings are surrounded by people and yet they exhale a certain kind of loneliness. That is not the scenario in Kolkata. Kolkata lacks the fastidious nature that has dominated Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, even in a sector like sales. More than the love story, these perfect representations of Kolkata contribute richly to the narration. Ekti Paati Premer Golpo: What’s a love story without one of its plot line related to how it all began in college/school? Karan Johar may have dominated the section of story line with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Student of the Year with an over the top lifestyle, but deep within we all know the realm of college life is extremely different from the one we experience. Here, when seniors bully us, they don’t ask us to sing a Hindi song, and neither do we end up singing ‘Om Jai Jagdish’. Bullying happens when you are unable to get a fast comeback. Much like how it has been suggested in the name of the film itself, it is a lame love story, and a strong part of you would want to prevent hating it but can’t simply because, a film that started so naturally, ended with abstraction, thus leading to a complete disaster. This was a film which could have been way better but the writers probably became lazy after a certain point of time and thereby just killed a character? Or did it do that? It remained confusing. Just because art is confusing, it doesn’t qualify to be on a pedestal. Not many understand the paintings of Salvadore Dali, however, a little bit of research can tell you that Dali had a spirit of Surrealism in his painting, which means, he didn’t want his viewers to find meaning in its creation, instead he only wanted it to make his viewers understand the spirit of his painting. Did this film have a similar thought in mind? If so, it was a beautiful mistake HoiChoi should approve more often. Rating: 4/5

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