Review of “Nirontor” – A deep rooted study of an endless journey called Life
Director – Chandrasish Ray
Cast – Prosenjit Chatterjee, Satyam Bhattacharya, Ankita Majhi
Nirontor means a continuous process without any break. In a way life is also one such continuous journey that keeps going on surviving all the ups and downs, losses and gains. The way one is living his or her life that keeps changing with time based on the new experiences acquired on every passing day, but the journey never stops. Even after one’s death, the choices he or she had made in their lifetime that keeps on impacting other’s lives. In his debut feature film Nirontor, director Chandrasish Ray has tried to capture this perennial journey of life through a simple yet effective story.
The story begins with two persons Biplab Sen (Prosenjit Chatterjee) and Bhaskar Mitra (Satyam Bhattacharya). Biplab is a senior civil engineer working in an well reputed company and Bhaskar is his subordinate, a new joinee who is much younger to him. The two goes together to a hill area as part of an official tour to block a property for their company’s next exotic hotel. Initially they do not gel well with each other because in office they hardly interact with each other as a result they have some preconceived notions against each other. While staying together during this trip they start knowing each other and start opening up about their personal lives with each other. But destiny has some other plans for them as their official trip takes a completely unpredictable turn. How this unwanted twist impacts their lives from there that forms the rest of the story.
The story is very unconventional with deep rooted emotions but writer director Chandrasish Ray has tried to tell this story with a very simple narrative format without being loud at any point. The pace is very slow and sometime repetitive also nothing much happens in the story on surface level but if one pays a close attention then they can feel the deeper emotions of the characters. One must admit the twist towards the end of the first half is completely shocking and leaves a powerful impact. The good thing is there is no attention seeking melodrama revolving around this plot twist rather it has been handled with a very impressive subtlety. Writing wise the first half is more effective. One gets involved with the two protagonists very easily. Although the way the two people start bonding with each other that looks little hurried. It takes just one drink together to bring them close, it looks little unconvincing. Given some more time to this part would have helped to make this bonding look more organic. Despite of that the first half keeps us engaged with these two people who have just started understanding each other. The story looses its grip in the second half. Throughout the whole first half the audience becomes mentally prepared to see the camaraderie between the two different minded people and suddenly in the second half all the focus shifts only to Biplab and his personal life. This portions seems little stretched that could have been easily reduced. At this point one starts missing the reference of the other guy Bhaskar. Although the derailed story tries to come back on track towards the climax but still it remains an one sided story about Biplab only. Many questions remains unanswered about Bhaskar. One wish the writer would have given more attention to this character also. For instance it seems very weird that a guy goes on an office trip leaving his personal emergencies back home just for keeping a good reputation in his new job on the other hand in the same trip he keeps arguing with his senior from office.
As a writer Chandrasish Ray leaves scope for improvement but as a director he shines throughout. First of all he deserves credit for choosing such an unconventional subject for his directorial debut and secondly his mature handling of the story is commendable. As a story teller he has shown complete faith in the intelligence of his audience without trying to spoon feed anything which is laudable.
The whole cast and crew have ably supported the director to present his vision on screen. Prosenjit Chatterjee has proved his acting abilities one more time in a beautifully written character. A lot of things are going on in Biplab’s mind but from outside he is quite calm and composed. Prosenjit Chatterjee’s mature performance helps the audience to get inside the mind of this character. Earlier also he has played similar type of characters who are dealing with similar situations but every time he treats a new character with a new approach and it never looks repetitive. Despite of having lesser screen time both Satyam Bhattacharya and Ankita Majhi, who is playing Prosenjit’s on screen wife, have grabbed attention with their excellent performances. Both of them have made their presence felt in spite of having a heavy weight actor like Prosenjit Chatterjee in the same frame and that is a big achievement for sure. Satyam Bhattacharya has an innocence in his appearance that has worked very well with his on screen character. This is not his acting debut but definitely it will act as a major breakthrough for him. Ankita Majhi has played a complex character of a woman going through severe depression and she has well captured the mood swings of the character.
Soumik Haldar’s cinematography has made the film visually enriched. Especially the way he has captured the scenic beauty of the mountains in the first half is extra ordinary. Watch out for the opening credit sequence, we have hardly seen such a wonderful visual representation of the twisted lanes of the hill areas. Sound design by Anindit Roy and Adeep Singh Manki is very authentic and praise worthy.
On a whole Nirontor is an honest effort by a passionate cast and crew. The film grabs attention for its wonderful acting performances and technical brilliance. Only a better written second half could have made it a much more effective experience.