Social issues, trauma, familial problems or even health related difficulties. All have been part of film scripts in a variety of way time and again. Director Abhijeet Dasgupta in his recent film Aashbo Aarek Din opens up on a variety of social issues and thereby brings to the forefront a lot of thing beginning from adoption, inter caste marriage to a variety of familial clashes. The director himself is too busy to say it all in one film and that precisely leads to a big set back for Aashbo Aarek Din.
Director Abhijeet Dasgupta sets the narrative of Aashbo Aarek Din in a typical Bengali urban household. Different members of the family establish various facets of human behavior and thereby pull up the strings of the narrative together. Sujata (Alokananda Roy) is the mother of the family, her son Sunil (Arindam Sil) is a senior executive in an MNC, while he presents a corporate flavor. His wife Chandana (Roopa Ganguly) is a devoted wife and a doting mother. She portrays a liberal, modern woman of today who on the one hand takes care of her family on the other nurtures liberal ways.
Anwar (Gaurav Chakrabarty) is the adopted son of this couple who is raised liberally within this Hindu household. Ideal, perfect situations and behaviors compliment this Bengali household however too much of idealism have actually killed the otherwise meaningful film in the making. Meera (Swastika Mukherjee) is the daughter of Sujata who practices theater and is in love with a Punjabi boy, Karan (Abir Chatterjee). The film moves through a normal pace exploring these relationships through peace and harmony until suddenly crisis begins to seep in and little things which were previously ideal starts to crumple down.
The chemistry between Swastika and Abir fails to register itself while Roopa Ganguly as usual steals the show and also playbacks for Aashbo Aarek Din. Gaurav Chakrabarty is impressive and will be remembered as Anwar as well.
Aashbo Aarek Din could have been a picture perfect must watch but Director Abhijeet Dasgupta's attempt to throw light on a variety of social issues results into a disconnected narrative.
Watch Aashbo Aarek Din to witness the imperfects and the perfects, as it pays to discover the perfect within the faults.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3.1 / 5) : Good