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Iti Mrinalini: An Unfinished Letter... (2010)

| Drama | July 2011 (USA)
An award-winning aging actress reflects on her life while writing a suicide note.

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Young Mrinalini Mitra
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Siddhartha Sarkar (voice) (as Anjan Dutta)
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Siddhartha Sarkar
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Imtiaz Chowdhury
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Mahinder - Cinematographer
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Chintan Nair (as Kaushik Sen)
Saheb Bhattacharjee ...
Abhijeet (as Shaheb Bhattacharya)
Ananya Kumar-Banerjee ...
10 Year Old Sohini (as Ananya Banerjee)
Anjali Surana ...
6 Year Old Sohini
Tritee Basu ...
Toddler Sohini (as Treeti Basu)
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Julia Campbell
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Ranajoy Mitra (as Srijit Mukherjee)
Senjuti Mukherjee ...
Kamala Di
Gargi Roy Chowdhury
Ananya Chatterjee ...
Hiya Majumdar
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Kolkata-based Mrinalini Mitra, with a large number of sleeping pills, writes a suicide note, blaming no one, leaving her earthly belongings to Chintan Nair. Before taking the pills, she decides to destroy all documentation pertaining to her rather colorful past. While going through these, she reflects on her life as an 'Urvashi' award-winning actress, who had made a name for herself with her very first movie 'Rajni'. She also remembers her life in a shanty Chawl with her mother, whose husband had abandoned her, leaving her alone to bring up two children, Mrinalini and Ranajoy. She also recollects on her romance with married film-maker, Siddhartha Sarkar; marrying him in a Mandir, getting intimate, giving birth to a daughter, Sohini, and then leaving the child in Canada to be adopted and brought up by Ranajoy, and his German-wife, Julia Campbell. When Siddhartha refuses to marry her, and instead gets his wife, Maithili, pregnant, she leaves the film industry, and spends more time with ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The topsy-turvy tale of a star is not thrilling enough
30 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Iti Mrinalini starts with an aging yester-year star who tries to rejuvenate her career. She succeeds in it, although is betrayed by her co-star. On the verge of killing herself, she recollects he entire career chronologically.

Aparna Sen is a good director no doubt but she fails miserably in the acting department. She makes Mrinalini a sobbing mess with no depth and complexity in her regrets. Hopefully, the film focuses less on her and more on her flashback, where the marvellous Konkona Sen Sharma takes over as Mrinalini.

The flashback, supposed to be the key plot of the story is good in parts. Her rise to fame is what the film shows very well. Generally, such biopics tend to focus more on the downfall but Iti Mrinalini depicts her rise with as much finesse. Rajat Kapoor, though very less impactful than he generally is, lends adequate support. Once Mrinalini establishes her career, the film shifts to her personal life and her relationship with her daughter. Slow paced, the film is tiresome to watch in the second-half. Already knowing what's to happen next, the film gets uninteresting.

Once Konkona's part is done with, Aparna Sen again returns and narrates how she made a comeback. The long conversation between her and the co- star seems very artificial. The untimed jumps between English and Bengali made no sense at all. And the reason she gives to abandon her career is outright gibberish and hilarious.

Konkona Sen Sharma elevates the film a lot from what it would have been. Yet, with a really shallow, one dimensional script, she has no scope but to be melodramatic and manipulated. The camera-work is brilliant but technically, the film is poor. In-film cinematographer, Ranvir Shorey, springs a pleasant surprise.

Iti Mrinalini is a film with right intentions but the execution should have been a lot better. The screenplay is the major weak point of the film.


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