Review of “Finally Bhalobasha” – Attraction that leads to emotional bonding
Director – Anjan Dutt
Cast – Anjan Dutt, Arindam Sil, Raima Sen, Arjun Chakrabarty, Anirban Bhattacharya, Suphrobhat Das, Sauraseni Maitra, Saurav Das
Overall Rating – 3.5/5
Finally Bhalobasha directed by Anjan Dutt is a film about love but not the typical boy meets girl type of love. Rather it is a combination of three unusual love stories which begins with just attraction but finally leads to an emotional bonding. Although the tagline of the film is little misleading. It talks about hormones over emotion which may indicate about physical attraction but there is no instance of physical intimacy in the film.
The film has three separate stories named after three diseases which finally gets inter linked with each other. The first story is titled as Insomnia. It features a woman Malavika (Raima Sen) who is married to rich industrialist in Asansol. Her husband (Arindam Sil) loves her a lot but also considers her as his owned property and regularly abuses him physically as well mentally. She is tired of this life and wants to break free from this trap. She decides to take help from his husband’s new joined secretary Bibek (Arjun Chakrabarty) who is sympathetic to her. Running away from this trap is not that easy, it includes life risk also as Malavika’s husband is a dangerous man. Still Bibek is ready to take the risk just for the shake of saving Malavika from this ongoing pain. The second story is titled as Arthritis. It features two persons, an ex-colonel of Indian army, Dinesh (Anjan Dutt) who is living a lonely life and a young girl Ahiri (Sauraseni Maitra) who is belonging from a broken family and spends most of her time in music and smoke. The two meet accidentally on the streets when Ahiri was about to hit by Dinesh’s car in an intoxicated state. Soon they develop a bonding over some casual meetings. Ahiri starts feeling attracted towards Dinesh, on the other hand for Dinesh it is just a casual encounter. The third story is titled as HIV Positive. It is a story of dying patient Joy (Anirban Bhattacharya) and his male nurse in the hospice, Rajat (Suprobhat Das). Joy wanted to be an actor but his disease snatches his dreams. In the hospice he develops a friendly bonding with his caretaker Rajat. In beginning, Rajat is reluctant to accept Joy as his friend but later after knowing him more he could not refuse to hold his hands as a friend.
The stories are nothing extraordinary, those are very simple and predictable as well. But this simplicity works in favour of the film as it helps to connect the viewers with the characters and their situations. Only the first story Insomnia is comparatively more complicated and crowded. It gives lesser time to develop the bonding between the two main protagonists and spends more time on developing the supporting characters. It could have been written better.
The biggest USP of the film is surely the excellent performances by the whole cast. All the eight actors in the lead cast is in superb form. It feels good to see the return of Arindam Sil as an actor that too in a negative character. Saurav Das shines in his supporting act as Arjun’s friend and partner in crime. Arjun Chakrabarty and Raima Sen are in good form in their limited scope. These two characters could have been developed in a better way to give away more details about them. Anjan Dutt has repeated himself in a character that is completely in his comfort zone but he suits in such character very well. Sauraseni Maitra is growing as an actor with every film. She is definitely making her mark as an actress. Suprobhat Das is one fine actor with lots of potential. He had proved that in Anjan Dutt’s Ami Ashbo Phirey and he has proved that again in Finally Bhalobasha. Undoubtedly the best among the whole cast is Anirban Bhattacharya. He has expressed the helplessness of the character wonderfully. As he is playing an aspiring actor so he has got some scope to perform some iconic scenes ranging from Bengali films to Bollywood to Hollywood and he has acted wonderfully in those scenes. There is one particular scene where he has imitated some popular actors with just expressions without saying any dialogues that is really commendable.
Although it is not a musical but Neel Dutt has done a wonderful job with both the music and background score. The songs are situational and goes well with the mood of characters.
On a whole, Finally Bhalobasha is a well made film about unusual bonding between two people, setup in three different situations. Brilliant performances by the lead cast, simplicity of the narrative and soothing music make it a pleasurable watch.