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Hemlock Society (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 June 2012 (India)
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Srijit Mukherji

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Srijit Mukherji (story screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Koyel Mallick ... Meghna Sarkar (as Koel Mallick)
Parambrata Chattopadhyay ... Ananda Kar (as Parambrata Chatterjee)
Rupa Ganguly ... Niharika Basu (as Roopa Ganguly)
Dipankar Dey ... Dr. Chittaranjan Basu (as Dipankar De)
Shilajit Majumdar ... Siddhartha Roy
Saheb Chatterjee Saheb Chatterjee ... Shantanu
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Col Samaresh Bagchi
Sabitri Chatterjee ... Jhulon Gupto
Sabyasachi Chakrabarty ... Dhomoni Ghosh
Bratya Basu ... Raktim Ganguly
Priyanka Sarkar ... Hiya
Jeet ... Himself (Special Appearence)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Biswajit Chakraborty ... Police Inspector
Barun Chanda
Deboprasad Halder Deboprasad Halder
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Storyline

The plot revolves around a man who runs a school called "Hemlock Society" which teaches aspirants how to successfully commit suicide. He develops a bond with one of its students, Meghna (Koel), a depressed and dejected woman, and what follows is an unforgettable and life-changing journey for both. Written by Sambit Roy

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suicide | social | dark | death | See All (4) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

22 June 2012 (India) See more »

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Общество 'Болиголова' See more »

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SVF Entertainment See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A delightful dark comedy
5 February 2013 | by virtuallyBRAINdeadSee all my reviews

Hemlock Society is a black comedy directed by Srijit Mukherji and is based on an institution teaching people how to commit suicide successfully. The plot opens up with a melodious song being performed in a typical Kolkata pub and captures the essence of the nightlife of city of joy. Plot development is slow but magnetic till the first half of the movie and after that it becomes somewhat predictable. Parambrata Chaterjee has played his part pretty well as the male lead and for some reasons I think Koyel Mullick was not a great choice for the female lead but given the budget constraints it is an acceptable choice and ultimately worked for the movie. Roopali Ganguly and Dipanker Dey have acted well and the well-balanced chemistry between them as a couple is one of the best points of the movie. Background score was well synchronized with the scenes and the integrated emotional elements. The plot became thinner in the second half and it would have been better if the movie was cut short 20 minutes. I would have loved it if they have shown more of Kolkata, its food and the vibrant culture. Some of the scenes in the background are witty (such as a suicide note: Thank you for the fish) and shows the director's attention to detail. It is good to see that Indian directors are attempting seriously to make dark comedies and this film takes us closer to that dream.


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