Movie Review – Utsab

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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As soon as you start watching Bengali or Malayalam films it pushes you into the absolute realm called as reality, which is more fascinating than any fantasy. These are the only films which feels real. When you watch these realistic films, the realism in Tamil or any other mainstream Indian cinema looks like a concerted fantasy. It’s a curious case to study. If you want to make a family film you first ought to find a method to give a treatment like these films. Utsab right away gets us into this space.


Set during Bengali’s most talked about festival Durga Pooja, this film deals about a family crisis or may be a family get together. I like this concept of sorting the relations between various characters in the film. Almost the first one hour goes off in mixing and matching various people with relations. Here the motive is simple, people want to sell off an ancestral home but have various complications in it.

Few good things about the movie were, buying and selling the property weren’t straightforward or made too cheesy by everyone being emotionally attached to the house. Everyone were practical enough to think for reasons to sell the property. To top it all, the oldest of the family doesn’t end up giving gyan about how ancestral properties are important etc. etc. She does advice Keya (Rituparna Sengupta) in the end but it’s not the general generation gap preachment which elders in ‘family’ movies give. Within them they have various reasons to sell and not sell the property and that plays along in making the decision. I don’t think there would be any change in the environment when they meet the next year. It’s going to be the same old story again. How boring is normalcy.

Amongst the various stories I obviously liked Parul’s (Mamata Shankar) because that’s how my future is going to be. Is the role of Ileana’s mother in Barfi a tribute to this story? Remember the scene where Ileana’s mother goes tells her daughter whom she was in love with? Even though it was a scene taken from Notebook I suppose, it was infused in the Kolkata backgroundish story for some reason.

What was even sadder is Parul seeing her son along with her niece for most part and not being comfortable with it. She only scolds her son and not her niece as she could see her in herself. Her song severely me of Kamal Hassan’s version of Na Koi Umang Hai. I loved that last scene especially where the Keya’s scene cuts to Shompa’s (Arpita Pal) and then to Parul.

In fact a good movie till that point, elevated to next level from the scene where Keya gets together with her husband. Rituparna Ghosh’s way of romance was brilliant. When Keya turns back to her husband and looks out of the window, her nape of neck and waist are visible. Like how we men think, her husband too first goes and places his hand on the neck and then when she starts crying and he knows that he has won her over again he places his hand on her waist. That’s a beautiful scene, making it romantic and not making it look like a pervert. The next scene where they are supposedly implied to have sex, Ghosh has more freedom so does it with élan.

This final shot of Utsab would be one of the best shots in cinema history. Though nothing is ever going to beat 400 Blows one, Charulatha took to a similar level but Utsab raises it one notch higher because it was beautiful and intriguing. Anything might have happened post that scene.

May be Parul’s son would have even proposed the girl post that. I loved the way he teases her with the talks of marriage. So me…



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