Verdict: Let the pink piece of satin make you ogle at the other side of Bengali humor!
Obhishopto (cursed). Yes. And here we are not talking of the nighty alone. Birsa Dasgupta’s third film brings with itself an amazingly fresh concept never tried before in Bengali cinema. But a flavored gum is best enjoyed till it retains its flavor. Take a nighty (or a makkhi or a sawaari in a Ferrari, for that matter), meticulously work around it for long and it loses its charm. Unusually inventive in its theme, the story by Debabaloy Bhattacharya explores blue comedy with a shocking pink nighty. The cursed nighty that targets few oddballs and grapples the city of Kolkata.
The year is 1985. Monica, a bar singer, is the victim of Raja’s lust. Their story is much of LSD, with the two falling in love, spending a weekend together and later comes the dhokha. Present-day Kolkata is nothing but the city of joy, until a seductive nighty finds its way to a homemaker. The film hereafter shows an exchange in authority over the nighty – a maid, a famous singer, a newly-married couple and finally, a struggling actress; each one submitting to their desire of wearing the nighty. But anyone who wears it is aroused by sexual urge.
The film, apparently considered bold and vulgar, is neither. The theme is bold, but visually the film has no explicit scenes. Birsa intelligently uses the film-within-a-film format for Obhishopto Nighty. This allows the director to play with the norms and practices followed by the Central Board of Film Certification. The film is shown to be under trial by a panel of members from the Censor Board.
Producers Shrikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni of Shree Venkatesh Films give Tollywood its fair share of a multi-starrer movie, which is out-and-out commercial. The look of the film often reminds viewers of colorful graphic novels and the music composed by Indradip Dasgupta is filled with witty lyrics. Obhishopto Nighty has a downfall post interval, when it overuses and abuses the sexy satin and lace by introducing more and more characters. A film with such potential fails miserably by introducing a love story between Aparesh Lahiri (Parambrata Chakraborty), a journalist, and Apsara (Tanushree Chakraborty), a struggler in Tollywood. The chemistry is forced and love blossoms out of context.
However, this film works because of its entertainment value. There aren’t too many dull moments and the screenplay, which is laid out in chapters, manages to keep the viewer entertained with intentional digs at the CBFC. A gay advertisement honcho gets the mannerisms perfect and repeatedly hints at a respected filmmaker from Bengal. The star cast, comprising of known faces, makes the film an entertaining watch.
The cursed nighty has a back-story. By the time the film reveals the suspense, the plot is babyishly predictable. The obhishaap (curse) of Obhishopto Nighty is lessened by commendable editing. The final cut of the film is amusement guaranteed to make your popcorn worth its price.
Birsa Dasgupta’s Obhishopto Nighty is an enjoyable watch because of the newness in its air. It is a film that stands tall in parts, but never fully functions as a promising piece of a blue comic thriller. Watch it to enjoy it and forget it on your way back home.
Why should you watch the film?
If it’s entertainment you are looking for, this den might be for you. Take shelter to abandon it without baggage.
By Soham Bhattacharyya