Chowrasta Crossroads of Love (2009)
Chowrasta Crossroads of Love (2009) is the upcoming English Movie form Tollywood Kolkata set be released on April 27, 2009. All Anjan Dutta lovers are already excited about the film after Chalo Let’s Go. “Chowrasta” means the meeting point of four roads. The movie deals with mainly four corners held by various people. Such as Nandana, a fading star from Bollywood with a twelve year old son, the eloped couple Rita and Sunny, the tea planter -Jimmy from Darjeeling, and the terrorist Kenny on run.
Director and writer: Anjan Dutta
CAST: Victor Banerjee (Jimmy), Atul Kulkarni (Kenny), Roopa Ganguly (Nandana), Naved Aslam (Sunny), Saswata Chatterjee (Dip), Aparajita (Rita), Arijit Dutta (Jojo), Bhaskar Pradhan (ArunTamang), Vikas Pradhan (Sonam Shiring), Purang Gongha and Neil Bose (Rick).
Songs by: Kunal Ganjawala and Anjan Dutta
Music Director: Neel Dutta
Director of Photography: Indraneel Mukherjee
Line Producer: Sanjay Pathak
Manager Projects – Unilux Films: Vandana Baxi
Costume Designer: Chanda Dutt
Sound Designer: Jojo Chaki and Anirban Sengupta
Creative Consultant: Arghyakamal Mitra
Editor: Moinak Bhowmik
Presented by: S.D. Ahuja, Unilux Films
Release Date: April 17th, 2009 in Kolkata
Atul Kulkarni plays the role of the terrorist in the film while Victor Banerjee plays the role of a tea-planter. Roopa Ganguly plays the role Nandana.
Lets all of the Anjan Dutta lovers come together and make the film a grand success!
Ria or Rita
Official Chowrasta Crossroads of Love website: http://crossroadsoflove.com/new_flash/synopsys.html
Released in the following movie halls in Kolkata/Calcutta: Fame Hiland Park, Fame South City, RDB Adlabs, Priya, Prachi, Jaya, Roxy, Ajanta, Basushree, Indire, Star Theatre
Exclusive Review by CalcuttaTube Journalist Anirban De
Sudhir D. Ahuja’s presentation of the Anjan Dutt film can be correctly summarized by its tagl-ine which says “…about love life and Darjeeling”. In the signature style common to Anjan Dutt movie, this is also a mosaic of four stories with a common backdrop of the picturesque Darjeeling and each finishing on a positive note.
One of the narratives starts with Deep, a Bengali by heart, teaching in a missionary school of Darjeeling, suddenly finds himself face to face with his divorced wife, Nandana, a fading actress of the silver screen, who travels all the way from Bombay to hand over her twelve year old son to Deep. As the story gradually delves deeper into these two person’s life we find that Nandana, the victim of an unrestrained lifestyle contracted lung cancer and while she was frantically searching for someone to look for her son, she could not find anybody more responsible than the true love of her life Deep, the simple and learned soul who still cherishes a soft corner for her even after these 12 long years of separation.
The next story is about Rita, the Bengali girl who eloped with Sunny, the Punjabi youth and came to spend their honeymoon at Darjeeling, little realizing the realistic side of their dream for an ideal life. The difference of opinion seems to stem from the career choice for Sunny who being the son of a second-hand car dealer could not find anything disrespectful starting a career as a partner in his father’s business. But the very idea seemed revolting to Rita, the daughter of a professional painter who wanted her husband to pursue his career in an Ad agency. So the honeymoon that started on a brighter note suddenly turned bleak and these two seems to drift apart from each other in the early days of their wedlock. But true to the saying “nobody loses anything in Darjeeling”, the isolation that these two was suddenly subjected to following their squabbles added with the magical setting of the hill station, seemed to bring these doting souls again nearer each other.
Next we peek into the life of Kenny, the terrorist on the run, an active worker of a political party suddenly finding himself abandoned by the party leaders at his crisis. Thus realizing the futility of his life so far, he tried all the desperate means for an escape to Bhutan which included his kidnapping of Nandana’s son Rick for a ransom. But as Providence played a hand, just at this time he came upon Jimmy, on the verge of committing suicide, and this chance meeting changed his entire outlook for life.
Jimmy, a retired tea-planter from Darjeeling and a poetic soul by heart, unable to endure his wife’s death, spent most of his time writing passionate but elegant letters addressed to her, portraying the comforting idleness of Darjeeling and the sprawling beauty that once he savored with his wife by his side. After her death the solitary life that he started to spend seemed to depress him more and more and so he contemplated on finishing his life till he met Kenny.
This accidental encounter between Kenny and Jimmy came as a revelation as each realizes all the sweet promises that life has still to offer and so they left with a more positive attitude of life.
Indraneel Mukherjee with his camera is excellent in capturing the romantic and scenic Darjeeling and Neel Dutt’s compositions were nice though redundant. Anjan Dutt, one of the pioneers in casting multiple stories into one, is to be complimented once again for his able directing though considering his earlier creations, this presentation seems slightly lacking in cohesiveness and a bit too tedious near the end. Also in certain instances the characters seemed a bit unreal. As to the acting, Saswata Chatterjee just outclasses the rest with Rupa Ganguli closely following while Victor Bannerjee and Atul Kulkarni brings up a moderate performance. Naved Aslam impresses with his effortless performance while Aparajita and Master Neil Bose put up a fine show. The make up crew are also to be complimented particularly for Saswata and Rupa Ganguli’s cases, whose age differences were masterfully masked. Finally it must be mentioned that the costume of Rupa Ganguli was the best choice for her that not only suited her character but also brought her sweetness to fore. This Unilux production has all the recipe for attracting an intellectual crowd but the only problem with its success seems to be the simultaneous release of some prospective blockbusters.