"Jogajog" ...........is going to cinema hall very soon

Update : 2015-06-01 12:26:47

Based on the classic novel of the same name by Rabindranath Tagore, the film deals with the issue of incompatibility in conjugal relationships, marital rape and women's emancipation.

Review: When someone makes a film based on Rabindranath Tagore's literary masterpieces, the job is both difficult and easy. Difficult because almost all characters created by him are layered. Added to that, the storyline and the philosophical observations of the author make the onscreen adaptations of his works a bit hard. On the other hand, it's easy because the stories, the people in them, the backgrounds, are complicated and varied, and hence, cinematic. Sekhar Das's Jogajog has explored the complications of Tagore's writings and celebrated them through superb performances and brilliant music direction.

It's a story about two families - the Ghoshals and the Chatujjeys - who are age-old rivals. Bipradas Chatujjey (Arjun Chakrabortyy), a soft-spoken man devoted to music, becomes financially indebted to Madhusudan Ghoshal (Bratya Basu), the middle-aged businessman and patriarch of the Ghoshal family. To resolve the situation, Madhusudan offers to marry the youngest daughter of Chatujjey family, Kumudini, a girl half his age. The marriage brings the stark differences of the two families out in the open. Kumudini (Suvolagna Mukherjee), a strong-willed, religious-minded and culturally-rich girl agrees to the marriage to save her brothers. But Madhusudan's dominating nature and crudeness repulses her. Her situation becomes more difficult with the presence of Madhusudan's almost dysfunctional family — a hen-pecked brother and a widowed sister-in-law (Ananya Chatterjee), who is in an illegitimate relationship with her husband.

Bratya Basu, Suvolagna Mukherjee and Ananya Chatterjee make this film worth a watch. Suvolagna, especially, is a revelation. She is a bit stiff in some of the opening scenes, but as the film progresses, Kumudini becomes real with all her insecurities, unrequited love and rebelliousness. Her vulnerability gives a stark contrast to Bratya's roughness and that's what makes this unusual pair's chemistry real. For instance, the emotional tug-of-war between Madhusudan and Kumudini just after their wedding is heart-wrenching. The director has also given Madhusudan's character a humorous twist, which gives the much-needed relief from the film's overall intensity. Ananya Chatterjee as Shyamasundori, on the other hand, moves like a dark shadow throughout the film. One moment, she is the lonely widow desperate for attention and affection, and the next, she is the sultry femme fatale. And Ananya is brilliant in portraying the contradiction.

Shaheb Chatterjee and Locket Chatterjee as Nabin and Nistarini are entertaining as Madhu's brother and sister-in-law. So is Arjun as Kumu's elder brother. The film's strength is also its music and for that Pt Debojyoti Bose should be appreciated. However, the director should have taken more care while scripting and editing the film. Some scenes and some reactions of the actors are too hurried to make an impact. The story also drags 30 minutes too long. Last but not the least, there's confusion over the timeline in the film. The way the characters behave, the languages they speak indicate that they belong more or less to the time when the novel was published — 1929. Then how can the wedding band play Mein hoon don or Dekha na hai re socha na? Has the director forgotten that these films released in the late '70s? That's a jump of nearly half a century!

The bottomline: Jogajog is certainly worth a watch, purely for the stellar performances by the actors.

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