Bengali film industry has off lately begun to explore the subject of ghosts far too much and it seems the directors are under the thick spells of the other world. Jokes apart, the new director to enter the ghost club is debutante Sayantan Mukherjee.
Adbhoot explores various intriguing topics of the present and becomes a critic of the by gone era of the 'babu culture'. From Alzheimer's to rivalry between brothers and family treasure everything forms a part of Adbhoot along with the living and the dead.
Rai Bahadur Dhumrakalap(Soumitra Chatterjee) lived on earth during the 19th century and dwelled in Dhumra palace. He was very conscious about his kingdom and riches. One day he accumulated all his wealth and hid them at a place in his palace. But as destiny had in store for him, he was then stuck by Alzheimer's .Now after his death also even after several attempts he is unable to remember the exact location of the treasure. Cut to the present, his heirs are his four sons and their families, who live much in a crammed and unstable way in their ancestral home Dhumra palace. But this volatility is surely financial and all they seek for is security and thus all are busy in the quest of finding the ancestral treasure. The house had always housed tenants, yet almost everyone ran away as they believed the house was haunted. The only tenant left in the house was John Brown.
The lives of these four families revolved around their daily love and hate relation. The chaos of a joint family, yet the longing for each other has come out really well in Adbhoot.
To add to the pace of the film enters Debashis aka Bhuto (Biswanath Basu), he with time walks over his scare as he eventually befriends the ghosts of Dhumra palace. The film gets really exciting with every passing incident and the treasure game is bound to excite, enthrall and amuse you.
The actors need a mention separately for their individual roles. Soumitra Chatterjee proves once again that he is the master while Kharaj Mukherjee, the mad scientist and the youngest son Kekakalap is enchanting. The other sons played by Paran Bandhopadhyay, Dulal Lahiri and Sumanta Mukhapadhay are equally brilliant. Biswanath Basu is of course at his wits best. anda special mention has to be extended to Padmanava Dasgupta, whose script and dialogue has added that soul to Adbhoot. Of course he as pochu the loyal servant of Dhumrakalap is brilliant too. The music of the film is appreciable too.
Moments of losing yourself into the world of ghosts, understanding the trivial problems in a light hearted way is definitely going to impress you. Adbhoot is a very good family watch for the holidays.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3 / 5) : Good