February 24 (Calcutta Tube): Ghar Sansar is a 2010 Bengali Movie directed by Swapan Saha starring Arindam Ganguly, Anjana Bose, Sayantika Banerjee, Jishu Sengupta, Manjil Bandopadhyay and more. The movie ran only for 4 days in Kolkata. Enjoy the critic’s review of the Bengali movie Ghar Sansar.
Review: GHAR-SANSAR Bengali Film – OKAY
Swapan Saha, noted for his ability to deliver ‘quickie’ films as if from the magician’s hat, has pulled out all the stops in Ghar Sansar. But the exhibitors, wearied of running the film to near-empty theatres and scared of depleting cash counters, lifted the film off the theatres after the fourth day. Since Saha does not believe in press shows, much of the media fraternity missed out on the film.
Cast: Arindam Ganguly, Anjana Bose, Sayantika Banerjee, Jishu Sengupta, Manjil Bandopadhyay, Premjit, Ashok Mukhopadhyay, Shyamal Dutta, Kajal chakraborty, Jani, Deba, Aafroj, Tuhin Bandopadhyay
- Director: Swapan Saha
- Producer: Silver Vally Communications Ltd.
- Presenter: Goutam Kundu
- Music Director: Rocket Mondal
- Lyrics: Pele
- Story: Ritam Ghosal
- Screenplay: Ritam Ghosal
- Dialogue: Ritam Ghosal
- Executive Producer: Gautam Sarkar
- Cinematographer: Nayanmani Ghosh
- Editor: Dipak Joardar
- Art Director: Ananda
- Choreographer: Shrenu
- Action Director: Khokon Saha
- Chief Assistant Director: Pradyut Bhattacharya
- Assistant Director: Mou Saha, Debasish Saha
- Make Up: Rabin Naskar
Ghar Sansar features two pairs, one married and therefore unromantic and the other, younger pair, unmarried and supposed to be romantic. Like most married couples in middle-class homes, Sanjay (Arindam) and his wife Anjali (Anjana)’s married life rolls on without romance and with conflict. Sanjay works in the department of power and electricity and is known for his honesty and upright nature. He dominates the home front too. This makes Anjali feel marginalized in her own home. When Sanjay discovers that power supply is getting hooked by unscrupulous elements, he refuses to attend his brother-in-law’s wedding to stay back and help catch the culprit. An insulted Anjali fights with her husband. The conflict snowballs till there is a split. Sanjay is now left with his sister Lipi (Shayontika) and begins to depend on her.
Lipi’s boyfriend Jishu is forced to borrow a heavy sum from promoters to save his sick mother. But the condition is that he must pretend to be deeply in love with Lipi (which he already is) so that she and her brother move out of their ancestral abode and leave the field open for the promoters and their goons. The goons catch the lovers coochi-cooing in a park. Sanjay bails them out. The police officer insults him with a lecture on the negative impact of cell phones in urban Indian metros. The goons next threaten Sanjay with the abduction of his sister. Sanjay cannot take it any more and loses his mental balance. It is left to Jishu to rescue the phobia-afflicted Sanjay and his wife Anjali from captivity and everyone lives happily ever after in this convoluted story spilling over with ‘wholesome family entertainment.’
It is Shayontika’s debut film but she cannot act to save her life. Jishu, normally a very good actor, is awkward in the romantic scenes. He walks with a stoop and this queers his style and his romantic image. He must hone his action scenes to add more chutzpah to his image. Arindam brings across varied shades of the character convincingly. Jojo’s song number is very good. The cinematography is good. Ghar Sansar carries the Swapan Saha signature but on a more sober and less melodramatic note than his usual oeuvre. Thus, the film’s having fallen flat on the audience is a mystery. I will give the film a rating of three on ten.
By: Shoma A. Chatterji