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Moner Manush (2010)

The movie is about a poet and singer Lalon Fakir who belongs to a cult called baul and who believes and inculcates that the value of a human being is above the narrow belief of religions.

Director:

Goutam Ghose

Writers:

Shahzad Firdaus (screenplay assistance), Sunil Gangopadhyay (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shahed Ali ... Daddu Shah
Raisul Islam Asad Raisul Islam Asad ... Siraj Sai
Mir Naofil Ashrafi Mir Naofil Ashrafi
Champa ... Padmabati, Lalon's Mother
Prasenjit Chatterjee ... Lalon Fokir
Priyanshu Chatterjee ... Jyotirindranath Tagore
Chanchal Chowdhury ... Kalua
Paoli Dam ... Komli
Tathoi Deb Tathoi Deb ... Golapi
Anirban Guha Anirban Guha ... Mir Mosharaf Husain
Laila Hasan Laila Hasan ... Ginni'ma (as Layla Hasan)
Syed Hasan Imam ... Kobiraj
Naufel Jisan Naufel Jisan ... Young Lalon
Shubhra Kundu Shubhra Kundu ... Bhanumati
Ahsanul Haq Minu Ahsanul Haq Minu ... Rabeya's Husband
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A poet and singer Lalon Fakir who belongs to a cult called baul and who believes and inculcates that the value of a human being is above the narrow belief of religions. The movie depicts his life from his young age. Lalon was a born Hindu and happened to be a beautiful singer and had to accompany a group for a pilgrimage where he was believed to die out of a severe illness. Afterward he was rescued and saved by a Muslim family. There he came across a Fakir known as Siraj Sai who inspired him to a new life and Lalon was beginning a eternal journey to quest his own soul. Once he tried to go back to his original family & eventually was rejected for his company with Muslims. Thus the story of a great poet & singer and his quest unfolds. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

India | Bangladesh

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

10 December 2010 (India) See more »

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INR2,000,000 (estimated)
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Even with its flaw, it is a very good movie. Worth watching again.
20 July 2011 | by jyry73See all my reviews

It is a very difficult task to capture life and philosophy of a character like Lalon fakir in couple of hours of celluloid time. Gautom Ghose took that challenge and did a commendable job in capturing not only Lalon fakir's character but also essence of Baul culture in "Moner Manush". Cinematography is lyrical, bringing the best of rural Bengal. Presence of only minimum necessary numbers of characters in scenes gives a sense of serenity which helps to focus more on main characters of story. Presenting the Baul songs in Gayaki style blended well with overall ambiance of the movie. Except the title "Hey o re hey o" which seems out of place and unnecessary. The voice of Laitf Shah is quite in discord with Prasenjit's voice but the protagonist does well to express songs with his acting to divert viewers' attention from the mismatch of voice.

Asad, Prasenjit and Chanchal have excelled in acting. In the first half of the movie, while navigating through Lalon's childhood, screenplay is very weak and jumpy. Other than Asad and on some occasions young Lalon, most actors from first half of the movie are very ordinary. It is disheartening to see veterans like Hasan Imam, Laila Hasan can not get in to their characters. It is as much a weakness of actors as of the director. In the second half of the movie screenplay gets more compact and acting gets better which make up more than enough for the weakness in the first half. Quality of makeup was also found wanting.

Overall it is a very good movie. Even after weeks of watching it keeps echoing inside.


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