Review Of Rosogolla – The sweet story behind the making of the sweet
Director – Pavel
Cast – Ujaan Ganguly, Abantika Biswas, Kharaj Mukherjee, Bidipta Chakraborty, Rajatava Dutta
Overall Rating : 4/5
Rosogolla is not just one of our favourite sweet but it is a pride of Bengal, as this world famous sweet was invented in Bengal many decades ago. Unfortunately most of the bengalis are not aware of this invention story completely, so we should be thankful to the producers windows production and director Pavel for bringing up this story on big screen.
This is the story set in late 18th century when an young innovative guy Nobin Chandra Das had invented Rosogolla for the first time. Just like any other invention this one was also not a smooth journey. Nobin had to face a lot of obstacles but he was focused and dedicated to make this new sweet. This is one story where we all know the end from very beginning but many of us do not know how the journey will progress towards the climax. One must praise for screenplay writers Pavel and Smaranjit Chakraborty to present this journey in the form of a sweet engaging story without tampering the facts. Their extensive research is reflecting in the screenplay. They have touched upon all the important events from the life of Nobin which had helped him to move step by step towards his biggest achievement. The only minor drawback of the script is that the writers were not sure where to end the story. It could have been ended at the point when Rosogolla became popular. After that the additional part showing the patent issue and Nobin’s invention of one more sweet, those do not add anything significant to the main plot. Rather it has added extra run time which could have been avoided easily.
As a director it is Pavel’s second film. His first film was Babar Naam Ghandhiji which was a good film but could not give him the deserved recognition as a director. In spite of that Pavel dared to choose another unconventional subject as his second film and this time his hard work will be paid off for sure. He will definitely get noticed. The film is set in time period of late 18th century and to recreate that era was not an easy task. But Pavel has pulled off this tough task with ease. He has been ably supported by the efficient technical team. One must praise National award winning art director Nitish Roy for recreating that era with such perfection. The make-up and costume department have also done a commendable job to recreate the look of that period perfectly. Some computer graphics has also been used for this purpose and that is very much effective to give the film an authentic look.
The music is another highlight of the film. It has a wide variety of music from Bengal’s culture. It has Fakiri gaan, Baul gaan, Kirtan, Thumri all in one album composed by Late Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya. Plus there is a sweet romantic song composed by Arnab Dutta. All the songs are wonderfully composed and have been used very well in the narrative. The background is also good except for few emotional scenes.
There is a bunch of talented experienced actors in the cast and all have given their best. Special mention is deserved by Kharaj Mukherjee, Bidipta Chakraborty, Aparajita Adhya and Shantilal Mukherjee. But the show stealer is the two new comers Ujaan Ganguly and Abantika Biswas. It was a tough choice for both of them to make their debut with such characters who belongs to a completely different time zone when the style of dressing, walking, talking everything was so different from today’s time. But both Ujaan and Abantika has convincingly managed to bring life to the characters of Nobin and Khirod. Specially Ujaan ganguly has impressed everyone with his so natural acting. Most of the film is centered around his character and the way he has pulled off this huge responsibility that is impressive. He has infused the required innocence and simplicity to his character and made it so adorable. Except for an emotional break down scene in the first half, he has given wonderful performance throughout the film. Abantika too has beautifully portrayed the journey of Khirod from an young carefree teenager to a mature wife and mother in her mid twenties.
On a whole, Rosogolla is well made film that tells an inspiring story of a man and his battle against all the odds to achieve his dream. The whole cast and crew has put their heart to tell this story and the output of their hard work is satisfactory. No one should miss the chance to taste this Rosogolla.