MOVIE REVIEW: Meghnadbodh Rahasya 2017

Although the movie is set in modern times, the 70s era Naxalite movement is the central premise of the story, where Sabyasachi Chakraborty plays a former Naxalite, now an elite citizen of the society and an eminent author. While the movie does a good job in piquing the interest of the audience about the history of Naxal movement, it also makes a bold political commentary on the current political scene. The reference to Michael Madhusudan Dutta’s most acclaimed work Meghnadbodh Kabya (মেঘনাদবধ কাব্য) was interesting, to say the least. However, a few unnecessary subplots and more than a few loose ends left a lot to be desired. Yet, it is definitely worth a watch, thanks to the brilliant dialogue writing, in true Anik Dutta style, and, more importantly, the political commentary which makes the movie really stand out, elevating it above the realm of an ordinary thriller. I think it is a politically significant movie and a must watch for everybody. The movie is very fast paced which makes it difficult at times to grasp what is going on and, as I had said before, the subplots add to the mystery. The ending may not be liked by all as it doesn’t say what happened to the protagonist in the end but the observant viewer will realise that what happened to him isn’t the main angle of the story – what is far more important is the political message the movie conveys and it does that well. A bit of political awareness and a basic knowledge of the Meghnadbodh Kabya (a piece from which was there in the plus 2 syllabus of Bengal board) are recommended prerequisites for watching this movie. On a completely different note, I was surprised to see many of the dialogues in English. Some of the exchanges were fully in the queen’s language while in some at least half of the lines were spoken in English.