Centering a film on women and talking about infidelity, by clubbing in a few Tagore songs can not always make a good film. Mrs. Sen is definitely not a good watch, until and unless you are too bored with everything around and want to spend some time revisiting much known facts of relationships.
A series of promos, publicity events and social media presence can definitely ensure footfalls to theatres. But to touch a chord, you need a story that your audience can connect to. Director Agnidev Chatterjee's Mrs. Sen deals with the subject of infidelity, but under a 'new light'. Unfortunately the 'new light' has been rather too much in use. Renowned filmmakers of the Bengali film industry have worked with infidelity with perfection on screen and have done that in a variety of way too. Even though Chatterjee has tried to take a different route, his destination was too obvious and pre-determined.
When Anuradha (Rituparna Sengupta) land in Bangkok to find her husband in coma, she comes face to face with another hard truth. Her husband Somnath (Rohit Roy) already has a family in Bangkok. Anuradha's entire marriage comes to a standstill and the story begins to take off from here. Sohini (Hrishitaa Bhatt) is equally affected by the accident and is almost dying as well. Anuradha from here silently chains her own anger and betrayal and simply begins to take care of Sohini and her family. It is her autistic brother (Shubhasish Mukherjee) and 8-year old son (Priyangshu Chowdhury) who become's the world for Anuradha in the coming days. A series of flashbacks along with the present narrative of loss and death establishes the relationships.
'Piya ghar a ja' is one of those brilliant songs of the recent times and really accentuates the otherwise common story of love and loss quite well. The main actors and of course the others are good and really bring out the roller coaster emotional ride of life well. But everything said and done the film will repeatedly remind you of the earlier done brilliant films on the subject and will thus keep making Director Agnidev Chatterjee's Mrs. Sen weaker.
To summarize, centering a film on women and talking about infidelity, by clubbing in a few Tagore songs can not always make a good film. Mrs. Sen is definitely not a good watch, until and unless you are too bored with everything around and want to spend some time revisiting much known facts of relationships.
Critic: Anurima Das
(2.2 / 5) : Average