ABYAKTO REVIEW (4/5): Beautifully Written Heartwarming Tale Of Mother And Son Bonding

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Arjunn Dutta’s ‘Abyakto’ (unsaid) is primarily a heartwarming story of a mother and her son. It’s sensitive, poignant and beautiful. Beauty of this film lies in its simplicity. Never for a moment It tries to make the things complex yet the dynamics between the characters is wonderfully captured in a subtle way. What I feel that after watching this film you would get more connected to your parents. As ‘Abyakto’ is all about feelings, unforgettable moments and a heartfelt love letter to your parents. What an emotionally enriching climax I have witnessed in the final! It brings the smile on my face and tears in my eyes. Simply loved it.

Arpita Chatterjee in a still from the film.

STORY IDEA:- “You screwed up my childhood”- A grown up son Indra aka Babu blames his mother Saathi for ruining his childhood while saying that. One of the most worst days of his life from childhood continues to haunt him for years. He asks his mother, “Why did you let go of my hands?” Whenever Indra looks back in his childhood days he couldn’t find his mother by his side whereas his father Kaushik is always remain the hero of his life. He shares quite a unique bond with his father’s good friend Rudra uncle. In fact both his father and father’s friend cum uncle have had a great influence in his life. But when it comes to mother he’s having his bitter memories with her. Saathi used to scold him whenever she found her son playing the games for girls (khelnabati) or wearing sarees like girls in his childhood days. Moreover she used to insult Indra’s beloved uncle Rudra many times while citing various issues. Indra wanted to read literature like his favorite Rudra uncle. The way he used to recite plays, poetry in his childhood days that still remain afresh to Indra. But his mother didn’t allow him to read literature.

Anubhav Kanjilal and Arpita Chatterjee in a still from the film.

Indra always remains grateful to his mother for shaping up his career the way she wanted to be but the question is, can he ever be able to overlook her act? Was Saathi a psychopath Before? Was there any particular reason behind it for turning too strict to her son? Why did a mother turn overprotective about her son? What made Indra realize that his mother is a changed person? What is the twist in the tale which’ll break the ice between the duo? All these questions form the crux of this story.

Samontak Dyuti Maitra as little ‘Indra’ in the film.

POSITIVES:- First things First, What makes this mother-son bonding tale unique and different from the other stories is that, the storyline & storytelling is simple yet layered, beautiful and brilliant. Taut screenplay engages right from the word go and the first time feature film director impresses you with his heart-melting story, intelligent screenplay and superlative direction. Well done Arjunn Dutta. You’re here to stay.
Arpita Chatterjee delivers her career best performance here as unforgettable ‘Sathi.’ She is the showstealer. How beautifully she portrays the role of a wife and a mother in her early 30’s and later in her 50’s. There’s no denying on the fact that It’s an award winning performance. Anubhav Kanjilal As ‘Indra’ is excellent. He’s a gem of an actor who shines in the emotional scenes with utmost sincerity. Adil Hussain as Indra’s beloved Rudra Kaku, is Outstanding. He hardly needs a dialogue to makes his presence felt. Whenever he appears in the screen he grabs all the attention. Watch out for the scene where he recites Shakespeare’s ‘Othello.’ Anirban Ghosh as Indra’s father is amazing. His one of the finest moments with his son from the film will take you back to your childhood days. Samontak Dyuti Maitra plays the part of little boy Indra with effortless ease. He’ll will blow your mind within his brief presence. Two scenes I want to mention here, Firstly where he’s crying and running while not finding his mother. Next, in the scene where he glares at his beautiful mother with a smiling face. Priceless expressions! Lily Chakraborty as Indra’s grandmother and Sathi’s mother gives an earnest performance in her cameo. Kheya Chattopadhyay as Indra’s Fiance ‘Amrita’ is sincere whereas Pinky Banerjee as the domestic help ‘Chhanda’ plays her part quite convincingly. Debjani Chatterjee deserves a mention for her role of Indra’s Aunt.

Adil Hussain as ‘Rudra’ and Arpita Chatterjee as ‘Saathi’ in the film.

MUSIC is an integral part of ‘Abyakto.’ Composer Soumya Rit Nag beautifully used Tagore’s Songs here. ‘Kandale Tumi More’ is wonderfully sung by Jayati Chakraborty. Splendid background score elevates the intensity of the film. In fact, poetry and music go hand in hand in ‘Abyakto.’ The way Arpita Chatterjee recites Tagore’s ‘Janmakatha’ in the climax, is exceptional. Dop Supratim Bhol brilliantly captures the indoor shots, rain sequence, final frame. Sujay Datta Ray’s editing is exemplary. His razor tight editing makes it a short & crisp watch of 87 minutes. Ashirbad Maitra and Arjunn Dutta’s dialogues are well written and effective. Saswati Karmakar & Mridul Baidya’s art direction is visually enriching. Some of the frames are simply mesmerizing.

Arpita Chatterjee in a candid moment from the film.

NEGATIVES:- On the flip side, what I feel is that there’s slightly pacing issues in the first half. Specially in the first 15-20 minutes. Narrative takes its time to establish the premise. Next, we have been informed that for what purpose Indra comes to his ancestral home. But that’s all about it. we don’t see any further progression regarding it. People who love hardcore commercial masala potboilers may not find this one interesting.

FINAL WORDS:- Go and watch this beautiful film with your beloved parents. I am sure enough that you’ll come back with some refreshing memories of your unforgettable childhood days. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.


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