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Goynar Baksho (2013)

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Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's famous tale of 3 generations of women and their changing position in society, seen in relation to a box of jewels, handed down from one generation to the next.

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Aparna Sen

Writer:

Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Moushumi Chatterjee ... 70 years Rashmoni
Konkona Sen Sharma ... Somlata
Srabanti Chatterjee ... Chaitali / 22 years Rashmoni
Saswata Chatterjee ... Somlata's husband
Paran Banerjee ... Somlata's father-in-law
Aparajita Adhya Aparajita Adhya ... Somlata's sister-in-law
Pijush Ganguly ... Somlata's brother-in-law
Kaushik Roy Kaushik Roy ... Benu
Sudiptaa Chakraborty ... Kamala
Manasi Sinha Manasi Sinha ... Somlata's mother-in-law
Koushik Sen ... Rafique
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Surangana Banerjee Surangana Banerjee ... 12years Rashmoni
Bhaswati Chakraborty Bhaswati Chakraborty ... Puni
Soma Chakraborty Soma Chakraborty ... Puni's mother
Haridas Chatterjee Haridas Chatterjee ... Habib Miyan
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The story is about three generations of women and their changing position in society, seen in relation to a box of jewels that is handed down from one generation to the next. It unfolds in the form of a comedy, underlying which is the tragic tale of the deprivation of women in a world ruled by men. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

12 April 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Шкатулка с драгоценностями See more »

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Budget:

INR25,000,000 (estimated)
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SVF Entertainment See more »
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Sen's Amusing Ghost Tale
22 July 2013 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Aparna Sen's 'Goynar Baksho' has received heavy criticism mostly with regards to the imbalanced plot and drastic change in the third act. To be honest, the third act did feel like a sudden change in both tone and story and heavily rushed. It ought to have been further developed and more humour could have been added (to balance it adequately with the rest of the picture). Moreover, the connection with the first half felt weak. There should have been more focus on the mother-daughter relationship than just that one scene. Maybe Sen could have left this act for a whole other film, a sequel. That would have given room for the story and characters to flesh out.

And now for the plusses, the first and second act are sheer delight. It's a bit like watching a hilarious folktale and it's beautifully shot. The colourful visuals (sets, costumes and landscape) are stunning. I've never seen CGI of this high quality in any Indian film. Sen has obviously hired some of the best technicians and designers. The cinematography and score are first rate.

Not to take anything away from Aparna Sen and her crew's input but what would have 'Goynar Baksho' been without the fabulous performances of Moushumi Chatterjee and Konkona Sen Sharma. I doubt Moushumi's done anything like this before but she's at her best here. The same goes for Konkonaas she holds her own. Their shared scenes are the highlights of 'Goynar Baksho' and most of them had me laughing out loud.

To sum it up, this isn't Aparna Sen's best work but it's amusing, entertaining and visually satisfying nonetheless.


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