Monday, November 5, 2012

Abosheshey- At last

The story starts with Soumya (Ankur Khanna) who has come down to Kolkata to settle some legal formalities of an apartment which his mother has left behind. As the story moves forward and Soumya gets to know her mother through her letters and later on through various people in her life, he gets caught up in her memories. He comes to know his mother through others, through her memories, her paintings, and her songs.

Initially, I thought Partho (Suchismita’s husband) deserted Suchismita for another woman. Partho also kept Suchismita bereft of her son’s love and affection by taking him along with him abroad. But as the story unfolds, I got to know that it was Suchi’s decision to stay back in India, in Kolkata. It was her choice, nobody forced her. Her husband gave her a year to think over and then join him, but she chose not to. So where is the sympathy coming from, I fail to understand. It was all her choice to stay back, to stay rooted in her city, in her country, close to her friends, her familial house, her guide (her painting teacher) and her comfort zone. So why is everyone in the movie brooding over her death and her fate of not getting a chance to meet her son before she left for the heavenly aboard? She has led her life as per her terms and conditions and mark my words, in the movie it was clearly said, though she was lonely, she was not unhappy. So, I can see a selfish lady craving for her own independence and joy she chose to forsake her son, her only son. She chose to part with her son. May be she did write letters to her son, but her son didn’t receive them. Whatever the case may be, I don’t feel pity for the character Suchi, because she is to be blamed for her state today. Suchi was portrayed as a self-contained and fiercely independent woman.

Also, in the last ten minutes of the movie it was revealed that Partho had a love child named Meghla somewhere in Sikkim whom Suchi met for the for the first and last time before her death. This answers our question why she went to Seven Hills. But what difference does this make? Partho went to States anyway. Is this shown to emphasize on the point that Partho too was selfish, that he kept his needs at the top ignoring what others wanted? Not sure if this is what the movie has intended to portray. But this is my take on the movie Abhosheshey.

The USP of the movie is its presentation with superb dialogues and the Rabindra sangeet that Suchi (Rupa Ganguly) has sung. Though I am no Rabindra sangeet fan, I somehow enjoyed the songs in this movie. It just added to the sad melancholy mood of the movie. Also, I feel that movie could have been a little condensed before the interval. All in all, this is a one time watchable movie.

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