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Mishawr Rawhoshyo (U)

  • Starring :
    Prosenjit Chatterjee, Aryann, Rajit Kapur, Indraneil Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee, Tridha, Sujan Mukherjee
  • Language : Bengali Genre : Thriller
  • Synopsis :

    Arab businessman Al Mamun approaches Raja Roychowdhury aka Kakababu to deconstruct a series of drawings by leader Mufti Mohammad. But what's put on paper in half sleep are not draw more...

  • Director :
    Srijit Mukherji
  • Music Director :
    Indraadip Dasgupta
  • Duration: 2 hrs & 20 mins

Synopsis

Arab businessman Al Mamun approaches Raja Roychowdhury aka Kakababu to deconstruct a series of drawings by leader Mufti Mohammad. But what's put on paper in half sleep are not drawings, but Egyptian hieroglyphics. So is that a will? A secret message to his followers? Kakababu must find out before the world learns about it.

Critic's Review

Much rather would I be an Arab bedouin...

Hitching a camel ride in the Sahara, as the desert's vastness hits Santu, making him feel like a dot in the sea of sand, this is what Kakababu's college-going nephew feels in Sunil Ganguly's novella. And that's a fair sum-up of Srijit Mukherji's film, which at once satiates Bengalis' wanderlust and is also a throwback to holidays when one would eagerly await Chhuti Chhuti on DD. When a film would spark off a quizzing session, with a family elder asking, what's the box that holds a mummy? Sarcophagus, pat would come the reply. When life would be all about living from one Pujabarshiki to another.

Srijit, who attempts to innervate Kakababu - a mentor who would handhold every child into the world of adventure - is bang on with his choice of story. Replete with long shots of the sun-kissed desert (take a bow, cinematographer Soumik Halder), Mishawr Rawhoshyo is as much a tour video as an adventure tale. And making it even more contemporary is the timeless saga of revolution. The book, written years back, mentions the murder of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, while the film was shot as Egypt went through another cycle of political tumult. Uncanny?

As seen here, Kakababu is approached by Arab businessman Al Mamun to decipher the drawings of leader Mufti Mohammad. But what is put on paper in a dreamlike stupor, is not a will, Kakababu finds out. Neither is it a message to his followers. Through hieroglyphics, Mohammad shares a historic event. But before the world gets to know about it, Kakababu must run a check. So begins the journey to the tomb of Queen Hetapheres. Soon after touching down on the desert soil, he meets with his nemesis, Al Mamun's biggest rival - Hani Alkadi. A gun-toting Tagore lover, Alkadi is a bundle of contradictions. Part-ready with his third book of poetry, he can kill without twitching a single facial muscle and trains children in the art of weaponry. Indraneil Sengupta as Alkadi not just goes a notch up on his Autograph avatar, he is intrigue personified. Wonder when was the last time a man was made to look so beautiful in a Bengali film!

Srijit, while taking several cinematic liberties with the storyline, has introduced a love angle between Santu and family friend Snigdha's sister Rini. But the film is not entirely without incongruencies. Right after Kakababu is kidnapped in Egypt, Snigdha and her IFS husband Siddhartha discuss a dinner menu before moving Santu to a safer haven. In Delhi, after a murder attempt on him, Kakababu is seen lying in a pool of blood. But the next scene shows him updating Twitter! In Alkadi's den, as Kakababu recites Chitto jetha bhoy shunyo, his tormentor pitches in with the next few lines. But before that, in Kolkata, Kakababu boards a bus in the absence of his car. Does one who sponsor his own Egypt trip also travel by bus?

But these are small jerks in an otherwise seamless narrative complemented by smart direction, crisp editing and some lovable characters. Aryann as Santu is a far cry from the usual nonchalant sidekicks. Sharing an easy camaraderie with Kakababu, he at times demands the viewers' attention in his own right. Newcomer Tridha as Rini has little to offer, but lights up the screen every time she appears. Swastika Mukherjee as Snigdha is part-funny, part-annoying, while Sujan Mukherjee as Siddhartha manages to elicit a few laughs. His camel-riding scene reminds you of Jatayu in Sonar Kella. Rajit Kapur is every bit the Al Mamun the author had written about. Cast aside, what holds the narrative together is music by Indraadip Das Gupta. He successfully blurs the regional-national divide with a lovely Hindi number.

Finally, Kakababu. Srijit has updated the character, making him adaptable and therefore, relatable in today's times. He has also - deliberately or otherwise - added some superhuman qualities to this one-among-us sleuth, which might come in handy when the franchise develops. Prosenjit Chatterjee impresses with both his acting chops and difficult-to-adapt body language. But even in a different setup, he is our quintessential Bengali hero. After the murder attempt, he posts on Twitter: First day in Delhi, having a blast. He shows a quirky sense of humour - on the verge of being kidnapped, he tells the goons, 'uno momento', changes into a smart outfit and gets going. He also croons to himself in his enemy's lair and despite the crutch, is unstoppable on all occasions. This Kakababu is no ordinary man. They say, neither was Sunil Ganguly.

Reviewed By - Zinia Sen, TNN.

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  • Rating 45

Review posted this week

irst day in Delhi, having a blast. He shows a quirky sense of humour — on the verge of being kidnapped, he tells the goons, 'uno momento', changes into a smart outfit and gets going. He also croons to himself in his enemy's lair and despite the crutch, is unstoppable on all occasions. This Kakababu is no ordinary man. They say, neither was Sunil Ganguly.

  • Rating 45

Review posted this month

One of the Srijit's best. Indranil was simply outstanding as Pharaoh. Anybody can fell for him.

  • Rating 45

Review posted within last 6 month

A very good movie.... Nice directiona and action

  • Rating 25

Review posted within last 6 month

New script and story very good performance.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Totally disappointed with the movie, especially Aryan doing the role of Santu was a bif disappointment to the original falvour of the character. Could have been made far far better. Nothing more than an one time watchable entertainment movie.

  • Rating 25

Review posted within last 6 month

I am an avid fan of Bengali movies, especially those made during the period between 60s and 70s, and based on my experience with Bengali films (Bollywood ones are worse) I can say without any apprehension that excluding a few, Bengali film has a long way to go in terms of making good thriller films. It seems to me, and I might be wrong, that the film in question was spoilt by a loose story plot (who is responsible - original author or the scriptwriter? I have not read the book), overuse of background music, and silly camera works. I would not compare but just like to point out how good a film like Sonar Kella was made out from a story which was not based on a serious thriller plot. I watched Mishawr Rawhoshyo without much expectation but still sorry to say that the film didn't meet my expectation.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Only thing good in the movie was the acting by Prasenjit.

  • Rating 55

Review posted within last 6 month

Everybody performed well in this movie.Nice entertainer.

  • Rating 55

Review posted within last 6 month

VERY GOOD SCENE .. NICE MOVIE.......

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted within last 6 month

it is very interesting and scene are awesome ..........

  • Rating 55

Review posted within last 6 month

VERY GOOD MOVIE .. MUST WATCH ...

  • Rating 25

Review posted within last 6 month

Srijit da please start watching good movies.. beyond the cast there was nothing..

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted within last 6 month

nice movie good story

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted within last 6 month

A nice movie...

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted within last 6 month

good movie but the role of prosonjit was overshadowed by the other artist. direction was average

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted within last 6 month

good

  • Rating 45

Review posted within last 6 month

Excellent movie

  • Rating 45

Review posted within last 6 month

Ok

  • Rating 35

Review posted within last 6 month

One time watchable and slow movie. Poor direction.

  • Rating 55

Review posted within last 6 month

one time worth watching the film

  • Rating 55

Review posted within last 6 month

I would like to see this movie soon enough after my exam.

  • Rating 2.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Indranil is the best actor in this movie,, believable for the character of Hani Al Qadi..Santu is just average. Kakababu is just 2 years younger than Santu’s father….In movie, is it that…How funny was Prasenjit’s appearance..Beside that what is about the crutch? It was horrible… The qualities for which he was so much humanistic in the book,, is just missing.. Still It was a very good attempt..

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

GOOD

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

i have read the story bfore, now i watched the film. may be some incidents are changed in film, but this is a very enjoyable film.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Arab businessman Al Mamun approaches Raja Roychowdhury aka Kakababu to deconstruct a series of drawings by leader Mufti Mohammad. But what's put on paper in half sleep are not drawings, but Egyptian hieroglyphics. So is that a will? A secret message to his followers? Kakababu must find out before the world learns about it.

  • Rating 55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

OUTSTANDING MOVIE

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Worth watching

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

May be there was lack of suspense in the story but the story has somewhat given a right hand to revolution or so called 'change'.Srijit has very well represented the movie with good cinematography and camera works and making the story relevant to the age.Bumba da delivered what he was capable of.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

average movie

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

The movie takes you through the journey of Egypt (famously known as MISHOR in Bengali) and the mystery of one of the less known mommy of Queen Hetepheres that lies under the oldest pyramid of Egypt. While the actual novel written by Late Sunil Ganuly mentions the murder of the then Egypt President, Anwar Sadat; the movie takes you through the political turmoil that took place in early 2011 in Egypt. Apart from Kakababu (Prosenjit Chatterjee), who has a good sense of humour, Hani Al-Kadi (Indranil Sengupta) lives up the reputation of his role. I wonder when was the last time a man was made to look so beautiful in Bengali movies. Santu (Aryann), who is Kakababu's nephew in the play tried to master his role to perfection while Rini (Tridha), who is Santu's girlfriend has a very little role to play but lightened up the movie when it was her turn to act. Probably, it is one of the best movies produced in India this year and TOLLYWOOD is back with a bang again..

  • Rating 1.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

A disappointment. Expected something riveting from Srijit, but it haplessly failed to create any suspense or mystery. A plane-Jane detective story which does not deserve a single watch. Though can't blame him entirely for this, as it is based on Late Sunil Gangopadhyay's fictional creation. Better avoid it.

  • Rating 25

Review posted within last 6 month

I absolutely agree with you. Please check my comment added on 25 Jan.

  • Rating 4.55

Review posted within last 6 month

Kaushik Bandopadhyay... u r a BIG WASTE

  • Rating 3.55

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Good acting by Indraneil and kakbabu but the rest were a bit annoying.Overall OK.Good cinematography and cuts.

  • Rating 25

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Awesome movie... great direction, acting, cinematography.... liked the modern kakababu... but probably santu's love angle was not needed at all (I am a huge kakababu fan for last 20-22 years, probably that's it difficult to accept for me)... and swastika's part was annoying, slowed the movie down... could have been a 2-hour crisp script without that part... otherwise enjoyable movie.. will look forward to this series from now on. 4.5 stars for me..

  • Rating 45

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Sunil Gangopadhyay's Santu was a young lad who was intelligent, had expertise on martial arts, brave hearted - Aryan doesn't fit the bill at all - to me he looks literally "kabla kanto" (dumb). Indroneil is fantastic & so convincing as Hani Alkadi.

  • Rating 35

Review posted more than 6 month ago

Ok, first the new things – Santu now has a beautiful girlfriend who is one year older than him and his mother is not happy about this , Second – Kakababu has an indirect connection with the recent revolution in Egypt!! Now the good things – Indranil as “Hani Alkadi” has given an awesome performance in a grey character, in fact in some cases he has overshadowed Bumbada! Also you will like the backdrop of beautiful Egypt. Now the not so good things – if you are already very much familiar with the book, you will feel it is very religiously followed without any twist whatsoever which may make you feel little bored. Also the forceful comedy injected by Swastika and team was totally unnecessary. Prasenjit as “Kakababu” and Rajit Kapoor as “Al Mamun” were Ok, not something which you want to remember for long. Now considering all the aspects I still think it is a good family watch, even more so if you have young members between 6-16 and better if they haven’t read the story earlier, they will enjoy the movie most. However personally I had much more expectations from Srijit, whose “Autograph” is still an unforgettable experience for me. But for this time, 3/5 from me, certainly watchable, at most Good!

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