Baishe Srabon

Not a gripping fare

Banner: Shree Venkatesh Films

Story, script and direction: Srijit Mukherjee

Cast: Prosenjit, Goutam Ghose, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajesh Sharma and Raima Sen.

The Kolkata police is tearing its hair off trying to solve the mystery of the stoneman killings. The killer leaves a Bengali poem written in an inconsistent hand as 'signature.' Nibaran Chakraborty (Gautam Ghose), an eccentric poet of the Hungryalist Movement of Bengali poetry notorious for its anti-Establishment stance, calls up 'Rabindranath' about the proofs of his book. He wanders across the narrow bylanes, sits on a lonely parapet in the middle of the night and recites his own poetry to himself. Unwittingly, he makes himself a hard target for the police.

Probir Roy Choudhury (Prosenjeet) is a once-decorated, high-ranking police officer who was thrown out of the force on grounds of insanity for torturing prisoners in custody. He sits in his sprawling ancestral house, guzzles whisky, smokes cigars and throws choice invectives at no one in particular. His one-time colleague (Rajesh Sharma) seeks his help in the unsolved case. Abhi (Parambrato Chatterjee), a young police officer in charge of the case, has a live-in partner Amrita (Raima Sen), an investigative television journalist who cannot decide between the two men in her life, the other being her childhood playmate and colleague (Abir Chatterjee). The romance has some bits of sleazy bedroom scenes high on choreography and orchestration but low on content and context. A beautiful rain song written and musically scored by Anupam Roy spans the love-triangle. Amrita is not serious about her job because she is busy flirting with the two men. The suspense of the serial killings would have stood well on its own without the love story.

Music does nothing to Baishe Srabon. At times the background score is so loud that it overlaps the dialogue. The songs are mood-centric and focussed on fluid relations, so they do not take the story forward.

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