Shukno Lanka means dried red chillies, used generally to flavour curries, much like the role of Chinu Nandy (Mithun Chakraborty), a struggling middle aged junior artist, who overshadows even Joy Sundar Sen (Sabyasachi Chakraborty) a popular award-winning film director.
While in Berlin, Sen meets Isabella (Emma Brown) with whom he bonds very well. When he comes across a book by noted film director Ritwick Ghatak, Sen decides to make a movie out of it by getting Isabella to produce it. The story called Paraspathar; The Philosopher’s Stone; is about a man named Chandrakanta who learns how to bring the dead back to life and goes on to experiment it on his mistress.
Joy decides on Chinu Nandy to play the role of Chandrakanta. That’s when life changes for him- from a junior artist to laying the lead role, from travelling in a tram to having a chauffeur pick him up- and he tries to get used to it, while his wife’s (Angana Basu) aspirations lie in her husband’s acting skills or rather his fate in the industry. Husband-wife duo mull over this new turn frequently, even spending an entire night talking to each other while taking the tour of the city on a tonga.
Mithun plays the role of humble and down-to-earth Chinu Nandy, flawlessly. And there’s the brilliant Debashree Roy who plays the role of Sen’s dedicated-but-insecure wife suitably.
Inspite of such a strong cast, Mithun’s performance stands out alone. The score is excellent and the director has done an amazing job with the actors, keeping in mind the tempo of the film.
I fully recommend this film, and if you are a Mithun fan you definitely cannot miss this one.
By Somnath Chalki