The generation X, middle cinema, Reality and its offshoots are all synonymous to director Mainak Bhaumik. Much like previous films Maach Mishti & More brought out the recurring ideas of youth, love, breakups and life in the midst of everything. Set in the alleys of Kolkata, known and unknown the film resolves and brings out the difficulties of the time and what every human tries to hold in their hearts.
A typical Bengali middle class household, the mother worrying about her elder son who is about to return from the US, a calm father and a few lazy servants is the welcoming sequence of Maach Mishti & More. Rahul (Shauvik Kundagrami) returns from the States with his wife Reena (Swastika Mukherjee), they are all set to start a new phase of their lives. After a seven year long stay away from the Indian soil and Kolkata, they are back to start up their own authentic Bengali restaurant.
The family bonds over dinner and discuss each other's lives, so much is told within a tpical dinner moment. The present, past and future gets discussed, opposition, arguments and even understanding helps us see the characters in a more real way. Mainak Bhaumik explores the dilemmas of urban lifestyle and typical Bengali livelihood in the midst of the cosmopolitan Kolkata landscape through the paradigm of this joint family, who are united through their food.
Music by Neel Dutt has indeed added the necessary youthful flavor to Maach Mishti & More and the lyrics by Rituparno Ghose and Srijit Mukherjee brings alive the Kolkata idea in the music and also works as a spine for the film. Debutant Neha Panda is a stealer and excels both as an actor and also the costume designer by lending a contemporary touch to the film.
The dialogue of the film is of course the winner and invokes the audience to find a connect with Maach Mishti & More. Parambrata (Ronnie) brings out the Marawari connect of the city through his love life and ultimately raises a voice against his manipulative girlfriend by calling the relation quits. Raj (Anubrata Basu) once again proves that you do not have to be a typical good looking guy to establish yourself as an actor. The way he sits on his girlfriend Neha's (Neha Panda) bike is hilarious and director Mainak Bhaumik excels in presenting these subtle comic elements quite smoothly.
From heartbreaks to romance outside marriage to a Dadu (Soumitra Chatterjee ) teaching everyone the meaning of life and of course a lot of smaller yet meaningful characters bring alive a string of events that makes Maach Mishti & More a must watch. The opening sequence and the yellow filter add to the nostalgia effect of Kolkata and establish Mainak Bhaumik as a fine director in the making.
To summarize, Mainak Bhaumik's Maach Mishti & More is best watched with your gang and is an instant pill to add that perfect smile on to your face, which teaches you to feel happy of the trivial testing times.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3.5 / 5) : Very Good