Review of the movie “Rong Beronger Korhi”
Director – Ranjan Ghosh
Cast – Ritwick Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta, Arunima Ghosh, Soham Chakraborty, Kharaj Mukherjee, Dhee, Rwitobroto Mukherjee, Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Arjun Chakraborty.
Rating – 4/5
Rong Beronger Korhi directed by Ranjan Ghosh actually gives you the pleasure to watch four short films which are totally separate from each other. Neither the stories nor the characters are connected with each other at any point. Only one common theme connects these stories and that is the influence of money in our lives. The stories has been told one by one with a wonderful voice-over by Anusuya Majumder acting as the narrator. Each story reveals one emotion of human relationship and those emotions has been described by separate colors. Like the story about love is named as Red , the story about separation has been termed as blue.
The first story features a poor tribal couple Ramchandra (Soham Chakraborty) and Sita (Arunima Ghosh). Once they had a love marriage but now they are tired with each other and wants to take divorce. There is a government clerk Khagen (Kharaj Mukherjee) who is trying to take advantage of their illiteracy and earn some money out of this situation. The second story is about a poor orphan girl Manda (Arunima Ghosh) who chooses money over love and marries a rich old man (Chiranjeet Chakraborty) leaving her boyfriend Mithun (Arjun Chakrabarty). She tried to secure her future but no one can control fate. The third story is about a man (Ritwick Chakraborty) who has lost his job because of demonetization. He has also lost his girlfriend as it consequence. This lonely man meets a pimp (Dhee Majumder) in a park. The pimp takes him to a prostitute (Rituparna Sengupta). On meeting the prostitute, the man sees the other side of life. He realizes how badly poverty can hit a person. The fourth story is about a widow (Rituparna Sengupta) in a village and his son Joga (Rwitobroto Mukherjee). She is poor woman who is trying to bring up her son properly so that he can have a good future. Joga studies in school and also works as a part time dhaaki during Durga puja so that he can earn some extra money for her mother’s treatment. Both mother and son have some dream for each other but they do not have enough money to fulfill it.
All the four stories talks about basic human emotions so it connects easily with the audiences. Being true to the short story format, all the stories end with a twist. In some cases it is predicable but that does not matter as these stories are not mystery thrillers where you have to keep guessing till the end. The main thing is one can relate with the characters, their situation so that can feel connected with them. Director Ranjan Ghosh had chosen an unconventional story for his debut with Hrid Majhare and he had set big expectations for his next. With Rong Beronger Korhi, he has kept that promise and even has improved as a story teller. The way he has given maximum possible details of the characters in such a short span of time, that is commendable. He has sketched every character with such a detailing using proper clothes,make up that it is easy to sense their back story without any flashback. For example the character of Khagen played by Kharaj Mukherjee is not too sound financially that is very clear when we see his torn pocket in his shirt or when we see him changing from rubber slippers to a pair of shoes only when someone comes to his office. Another instance is in the third story where without saying a single line director clearly shows the character played by Ritwick Chakraborty has a break up with his girlfriend. Only one thing Ranjan Ghosh could have worked better and that is the financial background of the characters. Mostly they are very poor or from lower middle class family. These category of people are easy target to show the need of money but there may be conflicts between money and human emotions in rich families also. Director and script writer Ranjan Ghosh has avoided that and chosen the easiest path showing all characters from poor background.
The whole ensemble cast has very talented actors and their acting is definitely the best thing about the film. Arunima Ghosh and Rituparna Sengupta are in two stories playing two opposite characters. One may wonder why these two actors had been repeated in two stories. The easiest answer will be, they have good relationship with the production house and they are very frequent in the movies made by the production house. No matter if they have been repeated, both the actors are so talented and they have acted these two different characters bringing a chalk and cheese difference in them. Arunima Ghosh is one fine actress whose potential is yet to be utilized. She has bring life to both characters. Specially in the first one she has worked so well on her santhali dialect that proves how hard working she is. Sadly same can’t be said about Soham Chakraborty who has played her husband in the first story. Soham has been seen with beard and a poor man look in so many movies, only change is his dialect. He has also worked hard to adopt the dialect properly but the feel is missing in his dialogues. There is one more reason, the other actors sharing frame with him are so good that he looks weaker on his part. Kharaj Mukherjee is very natural and he is the only one in this whole film who will provide some laughter too. His comic timing is awesome. Without being too loud, he has managed to do superb comedy. In the second story also Arunima Ghosh is in excellent form. Plus she has looked so pretty as the newly wed young girl. Chiranjeet Chakraborty has done a fine job as the aged sensitive caring husband. Arjun Chakrabarty has been wasted in a character which has no scope. Wish he would have been given Soham’s character from the first story. In the third story both Ritwick Chakraborty and Rituparna Sengupta are in good form. Ritwick Chakraborty has already mastered the art of playing a common man. There is nothing new in that but the way he has enacted the scenes with Rituparna where he is supposed to visit a prostitute for the first time the awkwardness in his body language is praise worthy. He has comparatively lesser dialogues but he is so expressive with his face and body language that one can easily feel what is going on in his character’s mind. Rituparna Sengupta has played a prostitute who has suffered lots of hardship in her life. She has lots of pain her heart but at present she is a prostitute who is here to entertain her client. So she must be presentable and charming too. Rituparna has wonderfully blended these two emotions where she is in pain at the same time hes face has a glow of glamour. Dhee Majumder who was last seen in Open Tee Bioscope has matured a lot as an actor. He has to share screen space with very talented Ritwick Chakraborty but he has managed to leave impression with his natural acting. In the fourth story Rituparna Sengupta has played a middle aged widow from a village. It is completely different from the other character she has played and she has managed to bring that difference with her performance. She has a wonderful chemistry with her on screen son played by Rwitobroto Mukherjee. Only thing is, she is playing a weak women suffering from bad health condition but on screen she does not look so weak. Apart from the constant cough there is no sign of illness in her body language. Rwitobroto Mukherjee is very talented actor who is evolving towards better with each film. The future of Bengali movies is definitely safe in the hands of such young talents.
The technical team has provided ample support to give a near to perfect look to the vision of the director. Ace cinematographer Shirsha Ray is in terrific form once again. He has created required variations in the stories with his lens. Debojyoti Mishra’s background score is in complete sync with the emotions going on screen. There is no song in the film but the background score has filled up that gap.
On a whole Rong Beronger Korhi is a well made film which will give you the pleasure of watching four wonderful short films within one single film. Watch it for the brilliant performances by the whole cast and the technical brilliance of the crew behind the scene. Also watch it for the brilliant message given, money is very important in life but not more than the emotions and feelings.