Baishe Srabon (2011)
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Directed By: Srijit Mukherji
Cast: Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Gautam Ghosh, Rajesh Sharma, Abir Chatterjee, Raima Sen
Baishe Srabon is an emotional drama disguised as a psychological thriller. It starts off well, with a potential to become a masterpiece suspense-thriller but looses the plot in the middle. Baishe Srabon has dealt with many issues and in the process lost its identity.
The year is 2011 and a serial killer is on loose in the streets of Kolkata. Thus the City of Joy has become City in Panic. Abhijit Pakrashi (Parambrata Chatterjee) is investigating the case but without any breakthrough yet. Due to the growing media pressure, Abhijit’s superior Amit Kumar Srivastav (Rajesh Sharma) advises him to take help. Amit recruits Prabir Roy Chowdhury (Prosenjit Chatterjee), a dishonorably discharged ex-cop guilty for carrying out extrajudicial punishments. A foul mouthed Probir takes Abhijit under his wing and they both start investigating the common link between all murders. Every murder happens like a verse of some Bengali poem scribbled and placed adjacent to the murdered body. How they uncover the plot leading up to the massive (yet unfortunately predictable) twist forms the rest of the story.
Baishe Srabon starts as a cop chase thriller banking heavily on the story but the moment Probir enters, the movie belongs to him. He is a brilliant actor and is flawless in every avatar. He portrays a brilliant IPS officer who hates crimes passionately and suffers because of that. Probir is the type of guy who believes in outcome rather than methods. He is willing to break the law to keep people safe. His character reminds me of Denzel Washington’s role in Training Day, a good cop with dubious methods.
The major theme of Baishe Srabon is morality. Morality many a time supercedes law. And when that happens, a society takes decisions with emotions rather than logic and this state of society leads to chaos. The nation/police suspends Probir because they consider their decision to be morally and legally correct. Probir always believed he was doing right as he was cleaning house because as Probir says being morally correct depends on which side you are standing. . He believed that the those actions were necessary and thus felt unfairly treated.
Nibaron’s (Goutam Ghose) insanity was due to the rejection he had faced in life. The publishers had rejected his poems because of obscenities. Nibaron considered himself a part of the Hungry movement and challenged the government’s archaic beliefs. But, he gets defeated just like that movement. And the reason as per Nibaron is that its not the movement that fails, rather the society that fails. Nibaron and Probir are the result of the failure of society. Another example involved Surjo and Amrita kissing in public- both were arrested on moral grounds although no law was broken.
Baishe Srabon is not an edge of the seat thriller but the chase is intriguing. But the plot of unnecessary love triangle involving Abhijit, Surjo (Abir Chatterjee) and Amrita (Raima Sen) breaks the pace of the movie repeatedly. If the reason of Amrita’s character was to emphasize on the theme for Abhijit to choose family over work then it is understandable. But she takes up more time of the movie than desirable. I believe her character and in fact this entire love triangle should have cut out of the script.
There are glaring flaws in Baishe Srabon. Probir enters after almost 30 mins of the movie. From the first murder it is clear that there is a link between the poetry and the murders but yet takes Probir to identify the link. A simple Google search with all the verses would have given the answer. Abhijit is the chief detective in the case who has had a meteoric rise in his career. But the time taken to deduce, doesn’t justify the hype.
As far as the acting goes all have acted well, with a special praise for Prosenjit. The moment he enters, the movie belongs to him. Parambrata is also good though his character is not believable because of the story. Goutam Ghose has given a stand out performance as the insane poet. In scenes involving him I always felt something will happen and it was because of his eccentricity. Apart from acting, the dialogues were good in the movie, especially those of Probir.
Baishe Srabon is a one time watch which works only because of the performance of the star cast. The storytelling is a big let down. There are too many unnecessary side stories and subplots which slow the movie down. Given the star cast, I expected much better. But nevertheless watch it and share your rating above.