After a long time, a Bengali film breathes a fresh air of hope and longing. Nirontor is a journey of three lives intertwined in a path, which had unprecedented repercussions. An office tour up atop the hilly parts of West Bengal brings Biplab close to Bhaskar, an young employee who seems to be a person who is irritated and irked without relaxation. While Biplab tries to understand the situation, we are witness to a growing companionship between the two lone souls, stuck in a place without any phone network or connectivity. As the narrative takes a sudden turn, we face a challenge to take in something which was not at all deemed to occur.
The second half of the story focuses more on Biplab’s relationship with his wife, who is a patient of depression. We go through the arduous life of the middle aged man, who is in a position where he is stressed but not able to create any perceivable fuss, because the person who is with him is in a condition which is induced by loss of hope and is critical.
Ankita Majhi steals the show with her portrayal of the clinically depressed woman, whose only lamentation being an urge for a child. Her nuanced performance, with lucid pronunciation of every single word, makes us connect with her character in seconds. Prosenjit Chatterjee’s Biplab is a face of a certain middle class crisis in urban Bengal. His blank, blunt expression is reflective of many people we come across everyday, either in the local markets, buses, metros or office cubicles. The way Biplab watches over as a couple walks while talking on the street below, gives us a frame of his inner crisis of the urge to speak. That urge topples over, when Bhaskar tries to extract things from him, while on tour. Satyam Bhattacharya’s Bhaskar is the character that stays with us, as the end credits roll. He comes as a guardian angel to Biplab’s life, and gives him the final urge to take a sudden impulsive jump in the routine of long shots. How? You need to watch the film to get that.
The film is very well crafted by Chandrasish Ray and his fantastic team. Soumik Halder’s frames are so intense that every bit of the narrative gets a visual emancipation. The mountains and the office room stand out among all of them. Tanmoy Chakraborty’s pitch perfect production design requires a very special mention. The ‘taalpatar shepai’ (paper spring doll) on Bhaskar’s office desk is one moment created by him. Chandrasish Ray is the writer, and he is so good. Every single dialogue adds a bit to the motion of the narrative.
Nirontor is a name of a new hope in Bengali language films. It’s currently streaming on Zee 5. Do watch it.