Box No. 1313 (2009) Bengali Film
Box No. 1313 is a 2009 Bengali film starring Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Paoli Dam, June Maliya in lead roles; directed by Aniruddha Bhattacharya and produced by T. Sarkar Pvt. Ltd. Check out the movie review for the latest Bengali movie online.
Cast: Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Paoli Dam, June Maliya,Biswajit Chakraborty, Sudeshna Roy, Paran Bandyopadhyay and more.
Director: Aniruddha Bhattacharya
Producer: T. Sarkar Pvt. Ltd.
Music Director: Chandrabindu
Cinematographer: Premendu Bikash Chaki
Editor: Sujoy Dutta Roy
Release Date: June 26, 2009
Review by CT Journalist Abirban De from KOLKATA
Introduction to Box No. 1313 Bengali Movie – New Art in Bengali Cinema-Use of animations:
Just the name of the movie and the posters are sufficient to give an inkling of the content but as to the way of presentation, I promise, the audience will be kept miles away from the truth in Box# 1313. Yes, it’s the presentation, the new style that I admired most of the film. The use of animation in certain cases to check the monotonicity is also to be commended upon. Thus when the movie ends, what I believe, the audience will be contemplating most on is the staging of the whole film than the actual story. That Bengali cinema is embarking on innovative methods and experiments are really to be appreciated and though I may sound more than a bit optimistic right at this moment, but let me say that if this confidence in creativity can be kept alive, Bengali cinema of the future is sure to hit a new height just in the art of movie making itself.
Storyline of Box No. 1313:
Coming to the main story, we have Joy, a professional television anchor famous for his stunts-and-gags reality show and an otherwise easy going youth but when it came to the question of marriage, he always try to steer clear off the subject. This was more than a mere concern for his parents, Sushil and Madhavi who were frantically on search for a prospective daughter-in-law. Initially they thought that Joy would choose his bride from his innumerable lady friends and had eye on the jovial Sharanya, in particular, but they would soon learn that these were only friends to Joy and not anything more. So they started giving advertisements in matrimonial columns of leading dailies and each weekend saw them travelling throughout the city and outskirts interviewing prospective brides-to-be, but all to no avail. Particulary in one case, when one of the girls, Lajbanti, seemed just the right one for their son, a local thug entered the scene smashing up their car and their dream of even entertaining the idea of considering Lajbanti as their future daughter-in-law. In another case they proved to be an easy victim to a fraud who, in the guise of matrimonial services, looted them with Madhavi herself having a close shave of life.
Meanwhile Joy, whose idea of romance and love was, till that moment, quite foreign to him, met Raima who appeared to be a careeristic young lady on her way to settle down in the States. But as they came closer they seemed to develop a liking towards each other. Thus as the stage was set for a happy ending a sudden, if not peculiar twist set the pace in a completely different direction. When it became clear to Raima that the idea of love was not spontaneous in Joy, she left him and made her way abroad and on the same day, Sharanya, estranged from his wicked and deceitful husband returned home.
Now was poised the critical question as to whom Joy will choose as his bride – whether he will propose to Sharanya or wait for Raima? Or will he forget both of them and look for someone else? With this question the movie nears its end with a reality show labelled “1313 Idol” where the judges Suchitra Mitra, Anindya and Rimjhim argue over each option and the audience is left to poll on the most likely outcome!
Thus the entire storyline is themed on the definition of an ideal short story where the readers have to imagine as how the story converges beyond the final page with the entirely new style of using reality show as the mode for the story telling purpose.
Critical Comments about the Bengali Film: Box No. 1313.
As to the acting, Paoli Dam is spontaneous in her short role with Biswajit Chakraborty, Sudeshna Roy, June Malia and Paran Bandyopadhyay, each doing their bit in style, but Parambrata Chatterjee in the lead role seemed ordinary and Monami Ghosh definitely overacted at places. Chandrabindoo’s songs seemed redundant but the director Aniruddha Bhattacharya and his crew delivers quite a compact package.
The first of the two most inconsistencies that was glaringly apparent was during Raima’s exit at the airport where we find, the loving mother is absent and Joy as the only person during her see off. The other was the contradictory psychology of Raima, who on the one hand was upset at Joy not comprehending the concept of love but is curiously unfeeling when he sincerely pours his heart out in front of her.