Ganesh Talkies holds a totally distinct identity for the people of Kolkata. The theatre stands high in Burrabazar and bears witness to the lost splendor of the 'Babu culture' of Kolkata. Director Anjan Dutt builds the dais for his recent venture Ganesh Talkies around the idea of marriage and goes up to taking the same into an entirely different level.
Pashupati Ghosh (Biswajit Chakraborty) and Pravin Agarwal (Rajesh Sharma) are childhood friends living in Burrabazar. Pashupati is in despair because of his ancestral business. On the other hand, Agarwal's ancestral business of manufacturing crackers is flaring.
It is he, who owns the cinema hall Ganesh Talkies which is almost non-operational. Pravin's NRI brother Navin, after losing his job in the US, is back to the city and is secretly making a deal to sell Ganesh Talkies to the influential builder Sharma. The twists begin from here and starts unfolding and crossing paths with the other series of confusions.
On the personal front Pashupati decides to marry his daughter Sarbani (Raima Sen) to a young NRI.
Nicky, the NRI chap arrives from US. Nicky and Sarbani, chaperoned by Arjun (Chandan Roy Sanyal) meet in a hotel to get to interact freely. It is this meeting that kind of breaks free the secrets of love that has been brewing between Sarbani and Arjun.
The incident brings momentum to the film and sets the narrative afloat. The best of friends Pashupati and Pravin now show their true communal colors. The age old clash between the Marwari and the Bengali resurface due to the romance.
Alongside the love story of the young couple there is a parallel love story brewing between the house maids of both the families, which indeed adds an interesting twist to the confusing love story.
The weathered actors as the fathers are brilliant and do add textures to Ganesh Talkies. While the other actors are mention worthy. Director Anjan Dutt could have utilized Chandan Roy Sanyal a bit more, as he is a very good actor in his own right. Raima on the other hand is a diva and does steal her screen space quite while. The love and confusion really brew well through their chemistry. But a bit more romance wouldn't have been bad though, as the unconventional pair could have really been a nice watch for a bit longer. Anjan Dutt's first commercial venture, as he has proclaimed is not bad though and steals moments from both the past and the present of Kolkata.
Nevertheless, Ganesh Talkies comes out as a wedding film filled with a thread of confusions amidst love and hate. There is a lot to take back from the layered narrative of the film, and is definitely a good watch.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3 / 5) : Good