DURATION: 2.22 Hr
CAST: Samadarshi Dutta, Bidita Bag, Soumitra Chatterjee, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Koushik Sen, Sampurna Lahiri, Kharaj Mukhopadhay.
SHOW TIMING: Cinepolis (7.45 pm), Inox-Hiland Park(1 pm), City Centre-II (3.15 pm), Jaya Cinema (5.55 pm), Jaya Multiplex (3.50 pm), Nazrultirtha New Town (2.30 pm), Priya Cinema (7.20 pm), PVR-Diamond Plaza (1 pm, 6.35 pm), Avani Mall Hiwrah (1.30 pm), RDB Cinemas(1 pm).
DVENTURE and mystery have always enticed Bongs, be it Sobuj Dwiper Raja to Chander Pahar. When the film Sangabora first came into our attention, the first thing that came to mind was: what did the word actually means?
Well, the denotation or connotation of the word does not become clear until the movie breaks for an interval. Sangabora promised a mix of adventure and mystery: it had a strong plot and talented actors, but the execution has been very poor.
Directed by debutant Bulan Bhattacharjee, this film is about a tribe inhabiting in a rural belt named Gourang in India’s Deccan region. The reel rolls with two documentary film makers finding the ancient history of the Tunga tribe and its God supposedly capsuled in a piece of stone with ancient inscriptions.
The story takes a turn as one of the documentary film makers, Anirban Chatterjee (Priyanshu Chatterjee), goes missing along with the stone. The stone then mysteriously lands in the hands of Arka (Samadarshi), the protagonist of the film.
Arka takes the responsibility of solving the mystery with help from his uncle (Kharaj Mukherjee). As the movie progresses, series of mysterious events unfold involving the stone. It was a promising angle, but the director fails to take it forward.
There are some ill-timed shots like the funny songs that foray into the screen when the situation is intense. For instance, a travel song mars the mood as it appears on the screen immediately after the news of death of the missing film maker.
Not all movies need a love sequence, but the director failed to comprehend this and thus ended up thrusting a love sequence into the screenplay. The forced love sequence between Arka and Barsha fails to impress.
And as the curtain falls on the over two hour flick, several questions remain unanswered. Such as why Sangabora, the mysterious island is so dangerous? Why no visitor ever returns from Sangabora, or why is the island uninhabited?
The best offer from the movie is superb acting by Kharaj Mukhopadhay, who grabs attention with his well-timed comic acts.
To sum up, Sangabora had a lot of potentials but the director failed to explore it well. Even the big names like Soumitra Chatterjee and Priyanshu Chatterjee could not save the movie. Sangabora deserves, at the most, 1.5 out of 5.
(Anusree Gupta is pursuing master’s in journalism at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan.)