Belaseshe (2015)

I generally don’t prefer writing about a film too long after its release. But in case of Belaseshe, I had to make an exception. Such is the beauty of the film. Despite having the chance to watch it on its release, circumstances did not permit. Only recently after its DVD release, was I able to watch the film. And my god! What I missed out.

This is also probably the first film in maybe the last decade, watching which I cried uncontrollably.

Taken from a stage play directed by Nandita Sengupta, Belaseshe Kolahol, the film raises some questions about marraige and compatibility. An old man, on the verge of completing 50 years of marriage, smells stagnancy, and decides to separated, by divorcing his wife. This decision makes a deep impact on his children, who try to talk him out of his decision.

Finally, Barun Chanda, the divorce judge {marraige councillor? (need of the script, maybe.)} comes to rescue, and advises them to take a break from their daily life, for 15 days. It is there in Shantiniketan, that they try to rediscover their marraige, in the process, repairing the marraiges of all their offsprings. Though this might be just my imagination, but I still feel, after watching the complete film, that the whole divorce episode, was a clever ploy of Biswanath (Soumitra Chaterjee), to mend the marraiges of his children.

Nevertheless, Belaseshe explores some real human emotions, and flows almost like water out of the eyes. There is not a single extra scene or dialouge in the film, the script is woven so tight. The actors were each brilliant with their own characters. But the real gem in Belaseshe is the chemistry of Biswanath (Soumitra) and Arati (Swatilekha). Especially Swatilekha, coming in front of camera after almost 3 decades, and that too facing Soumitra again, a veteran after 250-300 released films, had no visible unease.

Though I am an avid lover of music, I mostly do not write about the music of a film. But Belaseshe, is the exeption yet again. Though I not very much liked the songs here as well, but the gem is the excerpts Esraj played by Shubhayu Sen Majumder, a student of Buddhadev Das. Being a Esraj player myself, I was truly enchanted by the soft melody of his instrument.

I am going for four-and-half out of five stars for Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee’s Belaseshe. Belaseshe, is a film, that is not just a afternoon delight. It will stay with you for a long time, especially if you are on the verge of completing golden jubelee.