Kapurush Mahapurush (2011)-Bengali Movie Review

KAPURUSH MAHAPURUSH-Rudraneel GhoshAug 13, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Kapurush Mahapurush is a 2011 Bengali film directed by Wrishi Mitali with Rudraneel Ghosh, Dipankar Dey, Kharaj Mukherjee, Dwijen Banerjee and others in the cast. Read the Bengali movie review at Calcutta Tube.

Produced by: Sampendu Rakshit

Direction: Wrishi Mitali

Story: Mitali Rakshit

Script: Ansu Pravo Chattopadhyay

D.O.P.: Pradip Das

Editor: Snehasis Ganguly

Cast: Rudraneel Ghosh, Dipankar Dey, Kharaj Mukherjee, Dwijen Banerjee, Beauty, Pooja, Writam, Chhabi Talukdar, Bandana Dutta and Debraj Roy

Date of release: August 5 2011

Rating: 02/10

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Had Satyajit Ray been alive, it would have been embarrassing for him to discover over-enthusiastic and unimaginative young people trying to take mileage out of the name of one of his feature films. Kapurush Mahapurush directed by Wrishi Mitali is the greatest celluloid insult that could have been inflicted on the greatest filmmaker India has produced. This critic strongly believes that powers-that-be in Indian cinema ought to register the copyright of the titles of Ray’s films before anyone else can take the liberty of picking on a Ray title and insult it with a film like this.

One strong point is the hero’s name in the film Neptune which is described once by one of his parents – a distant planet who never comes close to the earth. This is something rare for Bengali cinema though it is not extended further to make meaning. The film revolves round the misadventures of Neptune (Rudraneel Ghosh) an aimless only child who keeps his parents constantly worried about his whereabouts. Pushed by the neighbourhood friend Gojuda (Kharaj Mukherjee), he tries to earn money by donning the guise of a sadhu baba and cheating people with false predictions. His father gets him arrested. End of part one. He comes out of prison and finds shelter in the home of a doctor (Dipankar Dey) whose daughter Pooja (Pooja) develops a soft corner for him. But he goes back to his village. End of part two. End of Part three thankfully, is also the end of the film. Bye Bye.  This time round, Neptune confesses that he is not a doctor and cannot cure Pigloo (Writam). But the good-hearted doctor who is won over by his skills as compounder comes to his rescue and everything ends happily ever after.

Surprisingly, for the kind of film Kapurush Mahapurush is, the songs and the lyrics are very melodious and positioned imaginatively. The background score is no good though. But the credits do not mention the name of the music director or the lyrics writer. Kharaj’s voice has been dubbed God knows why. Pooja cannot move a muscle in her dumb face much less act. What makes Rudraneel accept this kind of film remains a mystery because in the long run, it will be difficult for him to hide these films from his significantly growing portfolio.

– Shoma A. Chatterji

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