March 23, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Street Light is a 2011 Bengali movie directed by Animesh Roy with Abhishek Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Nibedita and others in the cast. Read t he Bengali movie review at Calcutta Tube.
STREET LIGHT – DARK FILM
Produced by: Purple Motion Pictures
Direction: Animesh Roy
Music: Sudip Chatterjee, Chand Sadhwani and Debjit
Cast: Abhishek Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Nibedita, Pulakita Ghosh, Ranjan Bhattacharya
Date of release: March 11, 2011
Strange stories do not always metamorphose to good films and offer a viewing experience that one could have dispensed with. The newness is in the beginning of the film that opens on the dark streets of a city – not Kolkata as the hero’s spacious apartment overlooks the sea – with a gang of shady looking guys stalking a pretty young girl in the skimpiest of micro minis scared almost to death. She is rescued from the stalkers by Amitava (Abhishek Chatterjee), a high-flying executive who lives alone. He brings her home to his flat but suffers a heart attack soon after. The girl calls up his doctor friend (Arjun Chakraborty) and saves him with a life-saving injection she learnt about in her one year of medical school. The girl is Hiya (Nibedita) and this chance meeting leads to many more till they begin to live together.
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Amitava is separated from his beautiful wife Mitali (Locket Chatterjee) who has left him for a prospective career in Bollywood. Bedroom scenes closing in on Amitava drawing designs on Hiya’s bare back with his wife’s red lipstick which he did also with his wife, soaking together in a bathtub, and getting intimate on the beach offer some sizzle with the steam missing because the chemistry collapses even before it begins inspite of Abhishek’s natural performance. Hiya is recognised by one of the guests at the doctor’s anniversary party and insulted, she walks out and back to her lavish digs – she is a sex worker – a classy one when one takes in the spacious apartment with its up market décor. Amitava comes home to see if Hiya has come back only to find his wife Mitali seeking comfort in her old life, her starry ambitions forgotten.
The film closes about ten years later. Mitali meets Hiya who is now a famous actress in Mumbai. Mitali has a daughter and informs Hiya that Amitava passed away of a heart attack some years ago. The female bonding sidebar could have worked well if the script was good which it is not.. The film is dotted with English bloomers such as ‘mobbed’ instead of ‘stalked’ or, when Hiya says ‘self-respectful’ instead of ‘self-respecting.’ The editing is very bad and is one major reason why the film fails to build up to a cohesive story. In fact, students of cinema should watch the film to learn ‘how not to edit a film.’ The pace is so grindingly slow that you must pull back your eyelids to keep from dozing off which would not be a bad alternative really unless you had to write a review like yours truly. Locket is okay in an ill-defined role while Nibedita needs to put her act and figure together quite some.
The two leading women are always dressed in Western gear. Hiya wears her vocation on her costume that mostly consists of micro-shorts and micro-skirts and off-the-shoulder dresses that do not suit her figure at all. Mitali wears the salwar-kurta in only two scenes throughout the film while the doctor’s wife is always in a sari. The single Tagore song sung by Arjun Chakraborty lifts the mood of the film somewhat. But using Tagore’s name in the credits for music and lyrics along with mundane names is blasphemy pure and simple. You can give the film a miss and not lose anything at all.
-Shoma A. Chatterji