Dutta vs. Dutta – A story celebrating Life, Love and Music!

Assess Mr. Dutt.
Assess Mr. Dutt.
Assess Mr. Dutt.
Assess Mr. Dutt.

It is difficult to assess a film in India. It is even more difficult to assess a good movie in India. I am writing this with the hope that whoever reads this, understands life.

Indian movies get released in theaters and then after a while DVDs hit the market. I watched Dutta vs. Dutta thrice in the last few days and realized some of the key factors that differentiate a well made film from something that we call commercial movies. I call them senseless though!

Dutta- jr. - Played by Ronodeep Basu
Dutta- jr. – Played by Ronodeep Basu
Dutta Sr. - Played by Anjan Dutt.
Dutta Sr. – Played by Anjan Dutt.

Should I do an assessment then? I am not a film scholar, although I religiously love films. So, what I would like to portray in this “What I wrote” section is Life as it seems to us and to the man who made Dutta vs. Dutta. Yes, I am talking about the national award-winning director Mr. Anjan Dutt. He has depicted life in the true spirits of life for so many years now, not because he is getting paid. He believes in life that celebrates the fact that we are we and we are alive to see who we are!

I know things are getting complicated. It actually demands an extended discussion. However, let me limit my thoughts and words in the boundaries of cinema and art for the time being. There were movies that were self-explanatory, biographies or auto-biographies. This movie can fit in all those genres, and yet proclaims an organic signature of its own.

St. Pauls, Darjeeling!
St. Pauls, Darjeeling!

My first reaction after I saw the premier of the film in Priya Cinemas was, “Naah! Not up to the mark!” Although, I liked the movie, I thought it was hurried at some points. The story could have been done in two parts. I know I am sitting in this lousy place called India, where good work needs to be referred and endorsed and reckless exertions gets financial applause. I know how things are! Yet, I am proud of the man who had the balls to stand up and tell his own story in such a fearless disposition!

Srijit Mukherjee as Tony
Srijit Mukherjee as Tony

Believe me or not, if you understood life even for a day, you would say this is a real story! Fiction and reality go hand in hand, and as the saying goes, “Reality is stranger than fiction”, I would advocate everything shown in the movie and endorse every story told about every character that comprised Dutta vs. Dutta. No one in this world is a Hero, if he is not a hero in his own perspective. We all commit crimes, speak untrue versions of incidents, hurt our loved ones, fight for hasty egos, shout for something wrong, campaign violence, and dream about other women and wish to have all the happiness in our lives. We suffer defeat; we stand up, shrug our shoulders and start of all over again. What we don’t do is we don’t speak about our defeats in the same way we speak about our victories.

Dutta-bari..
Dutta-bari..

Art is a form that hardly requires a language.  Film art is even more international and Mr. Anjan Dutt, a true legend by all means depicted how a simple and an earthly story can reach a new altitude with the sheer intention of speaking what is true and natural. He told his own story. How he was brought up? Who and What were his inspiration? What odds did he come across? How he experienced love? What made him Mr. Anjan Dutt, the person he is now!

Kaushik Sen and Anjan Dutt in a still from the movie!
Kaushik Sen and Anjan Dutt in a still from the movie!

Let me speak on behalf of the man, “Yes! My mother was alcoholic, yet she was a wonderful musician. Yes! My father was unsuccessful, had artificial egos and had an extra-marital affair, yet he was valiant enough to save an innocent soul and suffer the wrath of an ill-maintained government norm. Yes! My uncle sued my father for a meager property, yet he took the responsibility of the entire family when times were not so happy. Yes! We all have short comings, like every family we too suffered, yet we defeated bad times with our own honest approach.”

Rupa Ganguly in Dutta vs. Dutta
Rupa Ganguly in Dutta vs. Dutta

The story grows in every one of us who fight the odds of life and chase a dream that sometimes become a mere mirage. We convince our defeating morals and come back with rejuvenated enthusiasm. The film celebrated Music; it certainly celebrated the aesthetic features of music. It tells me how dreams can be true even if the worst Tempest hits your heart! The film spoke about the power of music that encompasses a bullet or a gun!

I would like to dedicate this movie to the man himself, Mr. Dutt and to all those who get disillusioned everyday and yet has that lion’s heart to express what is true. The narration done by the Director was heartfelt. Throughout the movie, I could relate every song he wrote in his entire life, every word he spoke, every gesture he made and every smoke he exhaled in my knowledge. It seemed like every character in the movie spoke about the man he is now! To congratulate him for this brilliantly made movie, “It’s simply a Director’s movie” won’t be an understatement! Or should I look for a better phrase?

P.S.: I would like to congratulate the Producer of the movie, Mr. Purnendu Roy and Mrs. Neelakhi Roy for their courage in believing what Mr. Dutt wanted. Congratulations to the entire team of Dutta vs. Dutta. Everyone was spectacular!

Signing off from the desk of mymotionpicture, till I gather enough courage to pen down my thoughts..

 

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Dutta vs. Dutta – An excitement that transformed into understanding limitations in Indian Cinema!

Dutta vs. Dutta – An excitement that transformed into understanding limitations in Indian Cinema!

Was it difficult to portray time that was so special to one’s heart in the best possible way or was it difficult to create the time when the story unfolds itself? I had even higher expectations from Dutta vs. Dutta than what it actually is. I am almost a blind follower and fan of Mr. Anjan Dutt and all his philosophies. I respect the man who had the courage to tell his stories and his uncanny experiences in the city. I expected a better form of story telling and it might be a personal impression.

We all have a teenage that is celebrated with deeds of immense bravery and courage as far as the time and the scope is concerned. It might not reach the standards of the stories told in the cinema, but it still remains close to our heart. The first cigarette, first crush, first kiss or the first shot of tequila that shook the world in-front of your eyes will always be special. The film took a step ahead in showing some matured relationships abiding the rules of realism and keeping the idiosyncratic Bengali-s in mind.

A visual imagery of Bengali-s and their value for education and intellect is depicted in many of the recent films. However, the metaphorical description and speaking fewer scenes (although describing everything) is best experienced in Mr. Dutt’s movies. I was searching an extension to those fond memories and I was disappointed.

I must say, the film was hurriedly completed and some scenes lacked heart and some characters were too feeble. Some wonderful actors were misused and some weak links were given more time on-screen. I would still fancy someone from the theater world as junior Dutt, who could compliment the stand out performance of my pied-piper (Gaanwala), Anjan Dutt as the senior Dutta of the story.

The film relived some moments of rejuvenated Bengal in terms of political perversity, musical movements and an offbeat hippie culture that was a new part of the city during the 70’s.  The difference between generations, the clash of identities and ideologies were so candidly shown throughout that it evokes a sense of kinship in the minds of the present generation as well. The problems may be different but the issues still remain the same.

As far as the story, music and screenplay is concerned, I didn’t get amazed like I get amazed every time I watched an Anjan Dutt movie. The movie was not like the contemporary ones we get to watch every day, although it lacked something that would actually beat the previous endeavors of the national award-winning director. I was excited before the movie started and now I understand what it takes to tell a story with so many layers and so many emotions. I still believe the director had some issues regarding the entire project that debarred him from improvising to the next highest level.

The film has thousand and one aspects to love, cherish, sing, relate, think, smile and cry and it will be a crowd puller for all reasons and I am extremely happy that films of these genres are hitting the theater halls and people are turning down glitzy Tamil remakes for the sake of true art and creativity. Cheers to the pioneers of alternate cinema. I still have a dream and you guys feed my dreams with the right nutrition.

A must watch for every Bong with a soul and every Bengali with a heart!

My rating :- 7/10….

P.S. Watch the trailer ::- A note to his father  expressing love and regards!