Samantaral: Film Review – A Touching Family Drama That Will Keep You Gripped

Verdict: A must-watch movie for you and your family.

Partha Chakraborty’s Samantaral is a story of a beautiful budding relationship between a young boy and his psychologically different uncle. Although it may seem like a regular family drama, it will surely surprise the audience with its turn of events.

What’s Samantaral About:

After his parents died in a car crash, Arko (Riddhi Sen) lives in a hostel away from home. One day his grandfather (Soumitra Chatterjee) calls and pleads him to come back home as his last wish. Returning to his maternal grandfather’s home after 12 years Arko finds himself getting more and more attached to his uncle, Sujon (Parambrata Chatterjee), who is tortured by his younger brother Kaushik (Anindya Banerjee) while the other family members keep him locked in his room. To a layman, Sujon comes off as a mad person but to Arko he is a man who has a very different opinion about the world and its people. Standing up to Kaushik’s misbehaviors Arko decides to take up Sujon’s responsibility and starts taking him out regularly hoping that the fresh air would make him feel better and would also help to find the cause of all his troubles. In this Arko is supported by his girlfriend Titli (Surangana Bandopadhyay) and together they try to find a cure for their beloved uncle. The story beautifully unfolds all the mysteries of Sujon’s life through day to day incidents.

What Works:

It is a beautiful movie with a strong resemblance to reality, which is precisely what keeps the audience hooked. The movie at no stage falters even for a single moment. The characters come together effortlessly and are very much in tune with the dialogues and the incidents. The depiction of Sujon’s internal turmoil, his struggle to feel accepted through different scores and other cultural forms was something that keeps adding to the mystery. The movie in all aspects keeps its audience engrossed in the story. The actors are remarkable in their respective roles and are in complete sync. Special mention must be given to the performances of Soumitra Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee and Riddhi Sen who portrayed their roles to perfection. The background music also beautifully complimented the scenes with no unnecessary music numbers. The editing was absolutely spot on. Overall it was a great job done by the team. 

What Could Have Been Better:

Although there were hardly any faults that were evident to the naked eye, it would have been nice if Soumitra Chatterjee had some more screen space. 

Why You Should Watch It:

It is a must watch for all those who love family drama. The audience will surely go back for a second watch because of its beautiful storyline and an amazing characterization.

– Written by Smita Nag.