Bakita Byaktigoto Review: A Truly Surreal Atmosphere That Casts A Spell
Pramit and his cameramen fall in love without really wanting to and are witness to a series of bizarre incidents that puts them back at square one.
Director: Pradipta Bhattacharyya
Cast: Ritwick Chakraborty, Aparajita Ghosh Das, Madhabi Mukherjee, Debesh Raychowdhury, Supriyo Dutta, Churni Ganguly, Monu Mukhopadhyay, Sudipa Bose, Amit Saha, Arya Banerjee, Koushik Roy
Award: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali
In director Pradipta Bhattacharya’s Bakita Byaktigoto, an amateur film-maker named Pramit sets out to make a impromptu documentary on Love, interviewing all and sundry characters that he encounters on the road; much in the tradition of the now established sub-genre of ‘found-footage’ films.
Pramit (Ritwik Chakroborty) starts out as a bemused and disbelieving listener at the foot of a road-side astrologer and is then led around to a Physics teacher, the teacher’s student and finally to an obscure, hidden village named Mohini where every visitor who’s ever gone has eventually fallen in love before returning.
The journey to a quaint, charming village where life seems to exist in a state of artificially induced equilibrium, Pramit’s surreal experiences as an Alice in Hinterland, his falling in love and inevitable return to the noise and chaos of Kolkata forms the crux of this unique first person narrative where the whole is much more than the sum of its parts.
Pramit and his cameramen fall in love without really wanting to and are witness to a series of bizarre incidents that puts them back at square one; still single but a tad wiser nonetheless.
The writer/director deserves special credit for trying to use a technique (found footage) that’s mostly been utilized by the horror genre into a desi, rural context where nothing more sinister happens than a set of clothes going missing when our hero goes into a lake for a swim.
The narrative, especially when the plot shifts to daily life in a village lapses into the category of actual documentary films so the pacing is a definite issue for about twenty minutes or so. That apart, the film is worth a watch for its admirable use of limited resources and a truly surreal atmosphere that casts a spell without trying too hard.
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