Review of “Bhobishyoter Bhoot” – Politically incorrect satire
Director – Anik Dutta
Cast – Sourav Chakraborty, Koushik Sen, Chandrayee Ghosh, Barun Chanda, Sumanto Mukherjee, Amit Saha
Overall Rating – 3.5
Director Anik Dutta and his whole team has mentioned it again and again that Bhobishyoter Bhoot is not a sequel to his debut film Bhooter Bhobishyat and that is true. Bhobishyoter Bhoot is definitely not a continuation of Bhooter Bhobishyat neither the characters are linked with the earlier film anyway. But of course there are some similarities in both the film. For example in both the films most of the central characters are ghosts and there is track of the existential crisis of the ghosts in current time. Also just like the earlier film there is a film within a film concept where a filmmaker who is modeled on director Anik Dutta himself has been shown making a film on the subject of this film. Apart from that there are no similarities in the story line.
The basic story is that a political party wants to capture some agricultural land of the villagers in the name of industrialization and a gang of ghosts save the villagers from that. Besides this basic story there are several other sub tracks which includes the back story of the ghosts in central characters. Moreover the film is not only limited to the death of individuals only. It talks about lots of abstract things also which are dead now and turned into ghosts. For example, post mail service which is almost dead in the age of mails, type writer which has lost its existence with the introduction of computer, single screen cinema halls which are dying everyday due to the pressure of multiplex. Even the film has made fun of how Rabindra Sangeet has died with remix culture. The whole film is a satire which targets to comment on each and everything possible around us whether it is journalism, movies, politics, student union,digitization, mobile apps, social media, reality shows and many more. Most of the sarcasm is based on politics. Although it has targeted many popular political parties but even an apolitical person can also figure it out that one particular party is at the receiving end for most of the time.
One must give credit to director Anik Dutta for writing such smart sarcastic dialogues. There are lots of funny moments but on a whole the screenplay fails to bind all those comic moments together in a complete story. Too many tracks are going on together. Some of those are linked with each where some gets lost in the middle. Director Anik Dutta has tried to touch so many topics that it has became too much to handle in one film. As a result it gives enjoyment as separate comic gags but does not feel like a watching a complete film together. Although editor Arghyakamal Mitra has given lots of effort to connect the scattered tracks with each other.
There are so many characters in the film that none of the actor has get enough scope to shine out individually. But together the ensemble cast has done very good job with their perfect comic timing and collaboration. Among the cast members few actors definitely deserves special mention like Saurav Charaborty as the honest journalist, Amit Saha as the sidekick of local political party, Koushik Sen as the political leader and Shanitlal Mukherjee as the editor of a news media.
Besides good direction, and dialogue writing Anik Dutta has worked efficiently on the lyrics also. Debojyoti Mishra too has done a wonderful job to compose those meaningful lyrics into songs varying in different genre of music from Baul to Rabindra Sangeet to Thumri to Cabaret.
Overall Bhobishyoter Bhoot is a good satire which provides enough funny moments throughout the film. The screenplay is weak and fails to connect the different sub tracks in a combined story but it deserves a watch for the smartly written dialogues and good performances by the ensemble cast. But do not go with any expectation based on Bhooter Bhobishyat because it is not a sequel.
P.S- The whole team has gone through lots of obstacles to make the film since shooting stage, but still they have completed and released the film. Their indomitable spirit must be supported by watching the film.