And framing these real-life tales is Shahida, going about her personal manner, and her mom frantic about her lacking four-year-old. I’ve all the time believed that Sudiptaa Chakraborty might be the best actress in Bengal right this moment, and even with the restricted scope she has right here she reveals why. Shahida is a pure and gives a number of the movie’s pleasant moments. Take a look at her standing in entrance of a jalebi vendor – after which strolling away with a plateful. Cajoling a lollipop out of a shopkeeper. Or asking a flower vendor for a rose, which he doesn’t have in his wares (happiness would most likely be a rose, however she will get a marigold).
The movie’s greatest power nonetheless lies in its fascinating kaleidoscope of life on the streets of Kolkata – and a shoutout right here to the camerawork by the sensible Soumik Halder, extra so given the unscripted, surreptitious nature of the shoot with a lot of the movie rising even because it was being shot. I can not recall one other Bengali movie in current instances, which gives this up-close and intimate have a look at the streets, markets and localities of this nice metropolis, and the individuals who inhabit these. You may virtually scent the footpaths reflecting the dappled winter solar, the markets overflowing with Christmas decorations, the shanties, the congested alleyways, the rundown partitions layered with political graffiti and lungis, gamchhas, clothes and whatnot hanging out to dry.