Takhan Teish

Tarkan Teish

Relationships and human interactions are not straightforward. All relationships cannot, should not and need not be placed within socially defined labels. But the jet-like speed of technology on the information highway has made communication between and among people even more complex, almost dominating normal interactions like face-to-face communication or communicating through letters. The impact of virtual communication through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter on people and their relationships is the core message of Atanu Ghosh's Takhan Teish. How this happens is subtly depicted from Tamadeep's perspective. His relationships with the four women in his life changes within 48 hours on his 23rd birthday in Takhan Teish.

Tamadeep, a brilliant young doctor, has around 1000 virtual friends on Facebook and Twitter. Direct communication is not his cup of tea. His erotic fantasies find him purging in sleazy cinema halls watching soft-porn films from the South when he is not in the private hospital where he works. He is obsessed by Mohini (Paoli Dam), a dusky, sensual beauty, the leading lady of some of these films. He seeks and finds warmth in his Facebook friend, Sriparna (Aparajita Ghosh-Das) and tells her about how and why his relationship with his mother Sraboni (Tanushri Shankar) is fractured because she had driven Meghna (Indrani Haldar) his biology teacher, out of his life several years ago. He confides about this obsession for Mohini to a counsellor on an FM Channel, not knowing that it is the same Meghna with whom he had discovered a bonding. How does his relationships with these four women change within the brief span of 48 hours? The answers are found through the film's non-linear structure, closing on Tamadeep's 27th birthday in a different space, with a different relationship in a different mood.

The incidents evolve from the characters in the story, each one completely distanced from the other. They unfold in an unobtrusive narrative in keeping with the character of its protagonist Tamodeep. The camera (Soumik Haldar) wanders through open spaces, placing Tamadeep in perspective, into the dark and almost sinister interiors of Sandipan (Rajatabha Dutta) who is also a Facebook addict and invites his female Facebook friends occasionally into his hide-out. At times, it closes in on the grumpy, accusing face of Shampa Dasgupta/Mohini on her hospital bed as it focusses brightly on her romping figure in skimpy glitter on the big screen. Rocket Mandal and Mayook Bhowmick's music is as low-key and subtle as is the film itself. The editing is smooth and slow, cutting back and forth more in terms of characters and settings than in terms of time. The costume designer and the stylist have been extremely imaginative in giving specific looks to the main characters. Megha is fashionably ethnic with a chic hairstyle. Sriparna is usually dressed in capris and floral-printed frocks with a casual hairdo. Shampa wears simple outfits perhaps to undercut her itsy-bitsy dresses that she wears in her soft-porn flicks. Srabanti wears Bengal cotton saris and a bun for a hairdo. Indraneel Ghosh's art direction deserves kudos.

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