A beautiful canvas of an ugly facet.. hard hitting!!
A world to which at times we are deliberately oblivious to, exists and we don't see it. Faltu is a picturesque depiction of one such gory tale. Without doubt, its a hard hitting moview. Faltu scores on all three fronts- the story, direction and acting.
Based on celebrated Bengali author Syed Mustafa Siraj's novel Ranirghater Brittanto Faltu is the latest from Planman. This is Chaudhuri's Planman Motion Pictures' second foray into Bengali movies, after the success of their earlier Bengali film Sanjhbatir Roopkathara won accolades all over the world. Faltu looks all set to repeat history.
Set in the backdrop of Mushirdabad district in West Bengal in the early 1950s, this is the story of a 20-year-old boy called Faltu and his quest for love and search for roots. This is also the story of a village and its people, woven around a narrative with myriad moments and a lot of dramatic events.
Ranirghat is a not-so-developed village people mainly by refugees from Bangladesh. The lives of the villagers take a new turn when a census official questions Faltu's parentage. While it is a well-known fact that Faltu is the son of Suri Khepi (a mad woman played to perfection by Indrani Haldar), no one knows who his father is. Neither does Faltu know, nor did he care to all this while. He was happy with what he was doing driving a bus and ferrying villagers from one bank of the river to the other.
The census official's question opens a Pandora's box. It turns out that almost everyone in the village -- including Ismail (Biplab Chatterjee), who brought up Faltu and taught him driving -- took their turns to rape Suri Khepi, taking advantage of her mental condition.
Things reach a stage where everybody knows that Faltu's father is one of them, but nobody is sure of who that is. Faltu is not particularly bothered though. He is more interested in earning his living, and pursuing his love interest Tuktuki (played by Manjari Fadnis).
A government order brings in bad news for the villagers of Ranirghat. As part of development plans, the government wants to construct a bridge across the river and wants the villagers to vacate the village. They agree to do so, but before parting ways, they want Faltu and Tuktuki to get married to make up for what they had done to Suri Khepi. A guilty feeling of raping Surikhepi haunts almost every single male in the village. That is when a twist in the tale ensures Faltu and Tuktuki don't get married.
The entire story deals with human relations and how the guilt of having done something wrong haunts everyone in the village. They want to make up for their sins, but end up opening a new can of worms and spoiling a marriage.
The storyline is not just fascinating but leaves you with a long list of questions on human relations and desires. And Anjan Das does a fantastic job of narrating the story in his simple and relaxed fashion.
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