Review of the movie “Bijoya” – An intense love triangle
Director – Kaushik Ganguly
Cast – Kaushik Ganguly, Abir Chatterjee, Jaya Ahsan, Lama Haldar.
Overall Rating – 4/5
In last few decades, apart from the franchises of detective and adventure movies we have not seen any sequel any Bengali movie. Bijoya is the first proper sequel in Bengali movies after a long time. Most of the time a sequel becomes just a forcefully stretched extension of the earlier story but Bijoya is not like that it is one proper continuation of the story. It never tries to recreate the same emotions again rather it has told a different story with the same characters putting them in a totally different situation.
Bijoya’s story picks up from exactly where it was left at the end of Bishorjon. Six years have passed since Naser Ali (Abir Chatterjee) had left Bangladesh. Paddwa (Jaya Ahsan) is now married to Ganesh Mondal (Kaushik Ganguly) and they have a son Montu ( who is actually Naser’s biological son). All was going okay but Ganesh is diagnosed with a critical heart disease which causes the family to come to Kolkata for better treatment. In hospital Ganesh Mondal and Paddwa meets Naser who is working there in a pharmacy. What will happen when these three will meet once again after knowing their feelings for each other that was the biggest query in our mind since the sequel was announced. Of course that query has been answered in the film but towards which direction the story may lead that hint was already given in the trailer.
The first half builds up the situation how these three meets again and it also does a quick recap of the back story from Bishorjon through wonderfully done flashbacks. The pace drops little bit in the second half. The second half becomes more of a melodramatic love triangle where every one wants to sacrifice their own love to please the other. The beauty of Bishorjon was in the unsaid emotional feelings, till the end Naser and Paddwa had never admitted they love each other. It was conveyed only through their expressions and emotions but in contrary to that Bijoya is too loud to express the feelings. Here all three characters explains each and every thing about their feelings through so many dialogues. It only weighs down the emotions and may be because of that we do not feel that pain for the characters which we had felt in Bishorjon. Plus in the second half there is a strange sub track involving the landlord and the tenants at Naser’s residence which is relevant but not well executed. Problems arise and again get resolved in a few minute very easily. This sub track adds nothing but length only. But all these short comings of the second half has been covered up really well with the master stroke at the end. It is a twist which hardly anyone can guess and it makes everyone again curious for the third part of the story.
There is nothing new left to talk about Kaushik Ganguly as a director. Once again he has showed his maturity as a story teller. He has also matched up his excellent direction with the wonderful dialogues written by him. Among which most of the interesting lines have been mouthed by him only. Not only behind the camera he has showed his brilliance in front of camera also. The way he portrays Ganesh Mondal no other actor can do that. It is such a complex character who is neither absolutely lovable nor one can totally hate him. Kaushik Ganguly balances this tricky character really well with his exceptional acting abilities. Undoubtedly Ganesh Mondal is the best among all the characters played by him till date. The same is also true for Jaya Ahsan. She has played many wonderful characters on screen but nothing comes closer to her portrayal of Paddwa in Bishorjon and Bijoya. She has added very minute detailing to the character and has made it her own. Once again Abir Chatterjee has been sidelined by these two extremely talented performers but somehow his character is also designed like that. If we compare his performance in Bijoya with Bishorjon then it can be easily said he had improved by a significant margin. The supporting cast is also in good form, specially Lama Halder as Lau and Taranga Sarkar as Nitai.
Apart from the finest performances another big highlight of the film is its music and background score done by Indraadip Sarakr and Late Kalika Prasad. All the folk songs as well as the raag based song Tomar Pasher Desh all fit properly in the situations and help the narrative to move forward. Tanmoy Chakraborty’s art direction also deserves a special mention. The way he has designed the interiors of Naser Ali’s residence that is so realistic. Also Sulagna Choudhury’s costumes have added authenticity to the characters.
On a whole Bijoya is a perfect successor to Bishorjon. Being a sequel it will be always compared with Bishorjon. A sequel always have to face this challenge to fulfill the expectations set by its prequel and Bijoya has almost manged to do fulfill that. The screenplay is little weaker compared to the earlier but that has been compensated with excellent acting, wonderfully written dialogues and a soulful music. It definitely deserves a watch.