6 Srijit Mukherji Films You Must Watch Right Away


Well, he has come a long way from being just a visionary for Kolkatans. His movies are emotionally enlightening journeys teasing out the intricate bittersweet emotions for the audience to see. His films continue to introduce the city audience to his deep subjects of analogous relationships between visual language and narrative elements. His movies heavily feature video vignettes of artistic momentousness.  His directorial prowess and clever method of storytelling just make his movies better with every watch. Here’s a list of 6 films which will quench your desire for quality cinema:

Autograph (2010 film)

There have been many films made dealing with individuals whose outer appearances are completely at odds with their inner self; and this story revolves around a famous Bengali actor, a budding theatre actress and a debutant film-maker aiming a remake of Satyajit Ray’s Nayak. The movie features Prosenjit who makes himself — through personality and especially body language — a viable screen hero. The movie is topped off by a brilliant score by Debojyoti Mishra and new-comer Anupam Roy. With a record of receiving 41 awards in total, the film went on a record-breaking spree running successfully for 120 days at Kolkata box-office.

Baishe Srabon (2011)

This film’s quality makes it so far beyond most of the “cops on trail of deranged killer” genre that it comes out as a true jewel of cinema. A vigilante serial killer is on the loose in the city, murdering various criminals; and his calling card is a rhymed couplet from Bengali poems left at each crime scene. The script is wrinkled with aphorisms, the direction allows punch in the dialogues and the screenplay provides an unsettling echo to the rumblings and conversations between actors Prosenjit Chatterjee and Parambrata Chatterjee. With themes on crime and murder tinged with moral ambiguity that questions the judicial system itself, there’s also a lot here to satisfy the mind; making for an entertaining, engaging and mostly enjoyable affair with some familiar faces and their associated talents.

Mishawr Rawhoshyo (2013)

This adventure thriller film which is based on Sunil Gangopadhyay’s story of the same name was a much anticipated release during the Durga-puja. The myriad sequences of the film remain fettered in the beauty of the concept of its execution. The story leads a sleuth to Egypt where the crime drama unfolds to its fantastic set-pieces. This has been one of Srijit’s better known movies for two reasons. Firstly, the enduring popularity of Kakababu among bongs, and secondly, because the filming primarily took place in Cairo, Egypt and Delhi. The cinematography is striking. The score is riveting. Indraneil Sengupta’s rendition of Hani Al Qadi was portrayed with delicate restraint as he gently snares the audience with the bewitchery of an acting-genius. Prosenjit Chatterjee also performed his role as Kakababu much to a viewer’s satisfaction. This film proved Mukherjee’s capabilities as a potential avant-garde Indian filmmaker.

Jaatishwar (2014)

Recognized as the most awarded film in the 61st National Film Awards with 4 awards, Jaatishwar is certainly a beautiful picture; every frame is perfection. It is directed with outstanding classical storytelling, illustrated by two timelines in the expressionistic screenplay. Gorgeous cinematography gives the subject the class it deserves. A wonderful score by Kabir Suman (who was assisted by Indradip Dasgupta) helps give it a haunting beauty. The movie features Prosenjit Chatterjee as Kushal Hajra / Hensman Anthony and the storyline environs around the life of Hensman Anthony, a 19th-century Bengali language folk poet of Portuguese origin. Compelling on the screen, dramatic and forceful – the movie crafts the director’s sensitivity of plot construction, and his eye of perfection.

Chotushkone (2014)

At the 62nd National Film Awards of India Srijit’s directorial prowess scooped the Best Direction award. The script was tight, the theme fascinating, the editing incredible, the direction brilliant, and the cinematography splendid. It is one of the few films that deserves to be seen multiple times. In typical Srijit style, you the viewer are left to draw your own conclusions. He feels no impetus to tell you how to interpret what you’ve seen; and the film condemns the falling victim to the strictures of what society tells us to think and to value. This movie is centered on the life of four people associated with Bengali cinema. The film is a commentary on the various emotional currents passing through individuals underneath the supposedly reality of death.

Rajkahini (2015)

This movie focuses on the troubles when Bengal witnessed the horror of partition. The actors all shine, the photography is excellent and the story is well told. This movie was showcased in a number of film festivals and received positive reviews in all. It’s a poignant moving tale of hopelessness and helplessness that leaves the viewers numb with its ingenuousness. The tale tells an insightful portrayal of the lives of one such oft-scorned members of society – the prostitutes. You may be intrigued by the characters, but slowly they will grow on you, so that by the end they are endearing and enchanting. Mukherji threads a dark, brutal, intricate tale of love, patriotism, deceit and oppression into a metaphorical screenplay. Not recommended for the weak-hearted!

The National Award-winning filmmaker never fails to surprise. His films oft narrate in stories-within-stories format to recount tales of love, betrayal, anger, helplessness, alienation, revenge and so on. There is something so fulfilling and majestic about these classics that their legacy must remain unsullied for generations to come. His talent for thoughtful visuals and memorable frames embellished with a palette of deeper meanings remain in full effect.

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