A sudden demise of his maternal uncle leaves budding lawyer Abir in charge of his ancestral property. Accompanied by his uncle cum friend philosopher and guide Subarna Sen (aka. Sona’da) the renowned history professor from Oxford who has just returned home, Abir visits his ancestral mansion only to figure that his maternal uncle has left behind for him a series of clues to unearth the hidden treasure of Mughal prince Shah Shuja kept secured within the property. Jhinuk, Abir’s childhood friend joins them in the quest to find the treasure. Do the trio succeed in their attempt or life has some unexpected plans for them is the answer to look for. That is Guptodhoner Sondhane in a nutshell.
But why the need to make a film like Guptodhoner Sondhane? In today’s date, it is due to an urge to express some inwardly felt truth infused with honesty and sincerity to create something original and fresh. An edgy family entertainer for Bengalis who are tired of being served the same wine in new bottles over and over again. Devoid of soppy sentimentalism, item numbers, high voltage drama Guptodhoner Sondhane is a fine ride back to Bengal’s history infused with contemporary relevance.
Dhrubo Banerjee, the new addition in the ‘camp’ took the film closest that contemporary Bengali cinema has come to resembling a fantastic combination of fact and fantasy. The sincere research work done forthis film is evident from how a specific period in History is highlighted with utmost perfection and care. Credit goes to Dhrubo Banerjee (and team) for weaving the film with supreme care and fine filmmaking mastery.
Needless to say, Abir Chatterjee’s screen presence is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, no, I do not just mean how hot he looked, okay, I do, but you can’t ignore the fact that he is both, a cerebral and instinctive actor and he proved it once again with the much-needed care and perfection. As the smart Non-Residential Bong from Oxford, in search of the treasure, Abir as ‘Sona Da’ not for once reflected any of his previously enacted sleuth selves but created another explorer of its kind solving a mystery. Isha M. Saha is a unique mixture of grace, spontaneity, and confidence in Guptodhoner Sondhane as Jhinuk, a student of Comparative Literature, possessing sharp intellect and courage.
I appreciate Mr. Director’s thoughtful effort to make Jhinuk, a character in flesh and blood, relatable and real. Arjun Chakraborty with his oozing cuteness (and a hot bod *blushes*) added the quintessential ‘Bhojon Roshik Bangalee’ humor in the film. As the budding lawyer Abir, Arjun’s innocence infused with a very believable skepticism felt like a breath of fresh air amidst the tension and excitement. Why Sandip Ray did not think of Arjun as Topshe, I wonder. Besides Abir Chatterjee, Isha M. Saha, Arjun Chakraborty Guptodhoner Shondhane also features Rajatava Dutta, Arindam Sil and Goutam Ghosh in pivotal roles. They nailed it with their performances, as always!
Soumik Halder, the cinematographer, enhances the tension and emotional aspect of the film visually with much subtlety and poise. In addition to Indian Classical music, which is really heavy-duty the contemporary touch to the background score by Bikram Ghosh surely is a pace booster for the film. Also, the Guptodhoner History Rap ( https://GSHistoryRap ) is something you won’t be able to get out of your mind once you’ve heard it. That is the magic of an ace composer like Ghosh, infusion of traditional with the modern, giving the film a cosmopolitan feel. Cheers to that!
There are a few moments in the film which are a tad bit verbose and one may feel a bit overburdened with the way the film tried to shed light on the historical facts. But then again, I feel to watch a film hawk-like to find slips is slightly puerile. Shouldn’t the way be to get at the intention of the maker and judge whether it had been brought out fully in the film to make the audience aware of its value? Which, I believe, Guptodhoner Sondhane succeeds in bringing out almost perfectly. Hence, this isn’t just a film review, but an honest kudos for the effort and honesty of the finely-weaved narrative Guptodhaner Sondhane. Phew! Welcome Mr. Dhrubo Banerjee, we are expecting the sequel with the trio soonest.