Review of “Mukherjee Dar Bou” – Rediscovering relationships.
Director – Pritha Chakraborty
Cast – Koneenica Banerjee, Anashua Majumdar, Rituparna Sengupta, Biswanath Basu, Aparajita Adhya.
Overall Rating – 4/5
Director Pritha Chakraborty’s debut movie Mukherjee Dar Bou is a very realistic take on the bitter sweet relationship between mother in law and daughter in law. The character and their situations are so real that everyone in the audience can easily feel connected with it. This is definitely the biggest USP of the film. Besides that another good thing about the film is that it not only highlights the problems of every household but offers some simple and realistic solutions as well.
The story is about two woman Aditi (Koneenica Banerjee) and her mother in law Shobharani (Anashua Majumdar). As expected they do not share a good rapport with each other. They can not tolerate each other but have no choice other than living together in same house. Their relationship keeps becoming worse after the death of Aditi’s father in law, depression and loneliness makes Shobharani more bitter and angry towards Aditi. Aditi’s husband Saswata (Biswanath Basu) is not ready to take anyone’s side and prefers to escape the battle of the two women in the house. To find a solution Aditi decides to take help of a psychiatrist Dr. Aratrika Bhattacharya (Rituparna Sengupta). After taking sessions with Dr Bhattacharya, both Aditi and Shobharni realize that it is not their individual issues against each other rather it is a cumulative effect of their upbringing in this patriarchal society which has made them the biggest enemies of each other. They also understand that in reality they are the only companion of each other who should be supportive to each other in every phase of life. Although the climax is predictable but it is effective because of the gradual development of the situations and equations between the characters which lead leads towards the climax.
The story and screenplay written by Samragnee Bandopadhyay and Pritha Chakraborty is very simple and true to the situations of every household. One can easily identify with the problems that the characters are dealing with in the film. It talks about many complex things like the taboo related with mental health in middle class families, women empowerment, identity crisis, self evaluation etc through a very simple narrative style. Also it never compromises with the regular ingredients of mainstream movie, it has humor, emotion, drama, songs with guaranteed dose of entertainment. Pritha Chakraborty has made a promising debut as a director. She knows how to connect with the audience while narrating a story. Also she knows to make a big impact in a very limited budget.
One must give credit to the makers for the casting. In the two lead roles the makers have cast two wonderful actors who are not stars but are absolutely talented actors. Koneenica Banerjee is a very good actor who is mostly underutilized in some comic supporting characters only. Whenever she gets a chance to showcase her talent she proves her caliber, earlier she had done that in Bilu Rakkhos and now in Mukherjee Dar Bou she has impressed everyone with her natural performance. Tollywood filmmakers should take a note of that. Anashua Majumdar has been rediscovered in this film. Earlier we have seen her in many movies and TV serials but have hardly noticed her performance because she never gets anything meatier to do. Hats off to the makers of Mukherjee Dar Bou for identifying her potential and giving her this opportunity. Both these ladies have given credible performances as senior and junior Mrs Mukherjee. Rituparna Sengupta is there in an extended cameo and she is good in her limited scope. She looks convincing in her part. Biswanath Basu is impressive in a character that require him to do lot more than just comedy and he has pulled it off very well. Aparajita Addhya has small sub track as a neighbor of Mukherjee family, who is trying too hard to fit into the social concept of a good housewife and daughter in law. She is in good form like always but wish her character would have been given more importance in the film.
Cinematographer Supriyo Dutta has done a very good job. Moloy Laha’s editing is crisp. Specially the scenes featuring the counselling sessions of Aditi and Shobharani has been cut very well which adds more impact in the drama. Although it is not a musical but Indraadip Dasgupta’s music and background score are in sync with the story and works well in the film.
Overall Mukherjee Dar Bou, is a well made film which connects with the audience for its relatable subject and characters. Most of the members in the cast and crew are female but it is not a typical women centric film which will appeal to female audience only rather it is a must watch for everyone.