Review of “Sraboner Dhara” – A gripping emotional drama combined with decent performances.
Director – Abhijit Guha Sudeshna Roy
Cast – Soumitra Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Gargee Roychowdhury, Basabdutta Chatterjee, Padmanabha Dasgupta, Daminee Basu
Director duo Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy are mostly known for their light hearted comedies but sometime they plunge into some emotionally gripping subjects also and one must agree they execute it efficiently. Their latest offering Sraboner Dhara is one such example. It is an emotional drama that highlights the importance of relationships in life through the story of a doctor and his patients. The pace is little slow and the story is quite predictable but despite of that it succeeds to hold attention for most of the part.
The film focuses on two separate stories which are interconnected. Nilabho Roy (Parambrata Chatterjee) is a renowned doctor. He comes from a lower middle class background but now he can afford all the luxuries in life due to his name, fame and money owned by his hard work. But all this has pushed him far away from his own family, his parents, his wife (Basabdutta Chatterjee) and kid as they do not want to be a part of his ambitious dream. They want him to value relationships more than his ambition. The other track is about a history professor Dr. Amitabha Sarkar (Soumitra Chatterjee) who is suffering from Alzheimer and is going through treatment under Dr. Nilabha Roy. As a consequence of his disease he is continuously forgetting memories from his life. In hospital he is accompanied by his wife Shubha Sarkar (Gargee Roychowdhury) who is much younger to him but they love each other very much. This odd couple’s love for each other helps Nilabho to get a new perspective to look at the bonding with family.
The story is based on a short story “Between Raindrop”, written by Dr Subhendu Sen. Padmanabha Dasgupta has written the screenplay based on the story idea. The good thing about the screenplay is that anyone in the audience can identify with the emotions. But the problem with the script is that is very much predictable. Except for a small twist before the climax for most of the part the film has progressed through a tried and tested safe path. The characters are very much one note without any shades. there are some weak points in the writing for the track dealing with Nilabho and his family. The conflict between Nilabho and his family members has never been explained properly. We can see no one in the family supports Nilabho but in the film he has been shown as a nice person both in his personal and professional life. He lives a luxurious life but never been shown as man chasing behind money as mentioned by his family members. There is one sup plot featuring Padmanabha Dasgupta as Nilabho’s childhood friend. This track is well written as a stand alone story but in the film it looks repetitive as there is already one more track serving similar purpose. Also the film fails to create a perfect balance between the tracks of Nilabho and Amitabha, after a point Nilabho’s story takes center stage with very less progress in Amitabha’s story. A better written screenplay could have lift the story to another level as it had that potential.
Director duo Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy has done a decent job. Such stories always has a tendency to be over melodramatic but the director duo have controlled it and presented a good message in a very subtle way. They have not tried to make it more appealing by look and feel rather they have concentrated more on the emotions that the story is trying to convey which is good.
Among the actors, Parambrata Chatterjee has been given most of the screen time but he is just okay in his part. Unlike most of his movies here he looks less invested in the character. Throughout the film it looks like we are watching Parambrata Chatterjee not Nilabho Roy which is not expected from him. There is hardly anything new to say about Soumitra Chatterjee’s acting abilities. He is very effective in his part but sadly the character does not offer him much scope and it looks like a continuation of his character from Mayurakshi. Gargee Roychowdhury has given a heartfelt performance. Like always she has emoted really well through her expressions. Basabdutta Chatterjee has precious little to do and she is okay in that. Padmanabha Dasgupta is very natural in his part except for the voice modulation that sounds distracting. Daminee Basu has done a superb job by changing her dialect completely to look and sound convincing as a Malayali nurse.
On a whole Sraboner Dhara may not be a movie to be remembered for a long time but it definitely deserves an one time watch for an emotionally gripping story and some good performances.