Some say that Valentine’s day is stupid, that love should be celebrated every day of the year. Keeping this sentiment in mind, we decided to make the weekend following Valentine’s Day a little romantic; we’re talking about the new series named Paanch Phoron on Hoichoi. An anthology of five tales, Paanch Phoron brings five different flavours of love. Interestingly, the best on Bengal’s creativity from both sides of the border have come together. They have portrayed love in their own ways. This cross-border collaboration of artistes and story-tellers from West Bengal and Bangladesh has led to five stories. They are as powerful and distinct as every spice in the Bengali spice mix called Paanch Phoron; and, the result is heart-warming.
Why Paanch Phoron, though? All Bengalis know that “Paanch Phoron” is a mix of five spices with five different tastes and aromas; it’s used specifically in some of the favourite Bangali dishes. From Pui Chingrir Ghonto to Ilish Maachher Tawk, from Aachars to Chutneys – everything becomes specially Bangali with a touch of tempered Paanch Phoron. Similarly, Paanch Phoron on Hoichoi, too, is a beautiful mix of different interpretations of love – love that knows no boundaries.
Paanch Phoron on Hoichoi is the fruit of some powerful performances by talented filmmakers and directors.
Five talented directed have come up with the five love tales in Paanch Phoron on Hoichoi. Arka Ganguly, Suman Mukhopadhyay, and Abhishek Saha from Kolkata have come up with Phoringer Bou, Gopone Prem Charan, and Ekti Paati Premer Golpo, respectively. Arka shot to fame overnight with his psychological thriller, Khoj in 2017. Suman Mukhopadhyay’s most notable works include Chaturanga, Mahanagar@Kolkata, and Sesher Kobita. Abhishek Saha’s craftsmanship was evident in the 2018 multi-starrer named Uronchondi, about the lives and struggles of three Bengali women. Dipankar Dipon and Tauquir Ahmed, both from Bangladesh, have directed Lilith and Biroho Uttor, respectively. Dipankar Dipon’s notable work is the 2017 action thriller Dhaka Attack. Tauquir Ahmed has directed critically acclaimed films like Daruchini Dwip and Ogyatonama.
The cast is a star-studded one, with popular names from both the Bangla industries. Little Krittika Chakraborty of Rakhi Bandhan fame in a whole new avatar showcases an innocent form of love in Phoringer Bou. Jaya Ahsan and Anirban Bhattacharya portray a relationship based on extramarital love and romance. Siam Ahmed and Masuma Rahman Nabila star in Lilith, a story set in future Bangladesh which talks about a kind of love that transcends all differences and blooms in minds working differently. Rawnok Hasan and Zakia Bari Momo in Biroho Uttor play former lovers and bring out memories of pain and loss, and you realise that people in the ‘other’ Bangla feel heartaches the same way as you do. Let’s not forget the elegant performances of Rajnandini Paul and National Award winner Riddhi Sen in Ekti Paati Premer Golpo, a simple teenage love story with a not-so-simple twist.
Altogether, Paanch Phoron on Hoichoi brings a collection of love stories that interpret ‘love’ in five very different ways.
The stories are short but effectively heart-touching, and the story-telling makes you feel a wide spectrum of emotions. The soundscape, too, blends beautifully with every story. This is probably one of the most maturely executed contents on Hoichoi, and is an absolute must-watch for the Bangali lovers of love, who crave for sweet, innocently told stories – or, as they say, “choto choto misti premer golpo”. Paanch Phoron will surely leave you asking for more.