Sept 22, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Someday, Somewhere Jete Pari Chole is a 2011 Bengali film directed by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri with Paoli Dam, Shaheb Bhattacharya, Shankar Chakravarty, Debjani Chatterjee and others in the cast. Read the Bengali movie review at Calcutta Tube.
Producer: Pankaj Agrawal
Story, script, screenplay and direction: Sanghamitra Chaudhuri
Camera: D. Deb (Mumbai)
Music: Drono Acharya
Editor: Ujjwal Mukherjee
Cast: Paoli Dam, Shaheb Bhattacharya, Shankar Chakravarty, Debjani Chatterjee, Biswajit Chakravarty, Soma Chakravarty, Souryadeep Ghosh and Trishna Mukherjee
Date of release: September 16 2011
[ReviewAZON asin=”B005M2ACFE” display=”inlinepost”]Sanghamitra Chaudhuri is the most prolific director in Tollygunje today. She churns out a film almost every quarter and sometimes, releases them in quick succession. As a consequence, the quality suffers. But she has taken most of us by pleasant surprise with her newest offering Someday, Somewhere, Jete Pari Chole…The title appears to be philosophical to begin with but over time, it links up to the sad story of the heroine Ru who is suffering from the trauma of a love story in shambles. Her lost love has gifted her with two tragedies but one comes in the end as twist.
Shot entirely along the beautifully picturesque locations of North Bengal stretching from Lataguri to Gorumara Forests to the borders of Sikkim from an intimate story of a single family caught in the warp of tragedy, the film becomes a story of pure and simple atmosphere and environment that influences the characters in different ways. The young lovers who have run away from home for an amorous weekend, begin to have second thoughts about whether running away has been worth the trouble and the tragedy it might cause to their distraught parents. Ru’s brother and sister-in-law seek joy and relief from the sadness of witnessing Ru’s present state of persistent depression. The carefree uncle and aunt offer delightful cameos in an otherwise depressing story. Ru comes out of her trauma when the Sikkimese driver Chiling takes her on a long drive to land up in his home in the hills of Sikkim to meet his mother. Her heart – and ours too – leaps up when she sees the snow-covered peak of the Kanchenjungha rise on the other side of the hills. And then, she walks away, just like that, leaving her bag and warmth behind as Chiling keeps crying out in vain.
Chaudhuri demonstrates great restraint in not permitting Ru and Chiling to make love in that small hut where he lives with his widowed mother. She could easily have done the predictable reducing the story to a cliché. Cutting out any possibility of romance is also a good touch. The dragging footage towards the end of the film needed some sharp snipping to cut out at least half an hour. The song following the beautiful recitation by Shankar Chaudhuri is a futile way to close the film. Shankar Chakravarty as Ru’s brother, Biswajit Chakraborty as Alo’s uncle, and Soma Chakraborty as his wife offer solid Debjani Chatterjee’s performance is marred by a dubbed voice. Trishna Mukherjee is okay. Sauryadeep is terrible. Shaheb Bhattacharya is wonderful as Chiling with his accented Hindi and his cheerful but hesitant manner. Paoli Dam as Ru she fails to shoulder the responsibility of carrying the film and her character on her shapely shoulders. She somehow seems to have lost interest mid-way through the film. The English actor who plays her boyfriend should have been kept out of the flashbacks. He has very bad screen presence and cannot act to save his life. The young girl’s suicide attempt was superfluous. The HIV+ positive twist is remarkable but its revelation comes like a tame anti-climax.
The Tagore song is very good and so is its positioning but the picturisation rings false when Alo suddenly rises to break into a dance. Drono Acharya’s music and D. Deb’s cinematography add to the USP of this atypical Chaudhuri film. But the editing is very bad indeed as it jumps from one scene to the next without continuity or fluidity. This critic feels Chaudhuri can rise out of these blemishes if she goes a bit slow in running almost an assembly line of films.
-Shoma A. Chatterji