The modern times are filled with agonies, aspirations to move higher the ladder and to defeat the rest. In the midst of this tug-of-war many perish and many gain the limelight. In the midst of this societal game what if one day a middle-class family finds a 'Genie' at there discourse? Based on Shirshendu Mukherjee's novel, Anik Dutta's Ashchorjyo Prodeep narrates the modern day story of Aladdin and genie.
Anilabho Gupta (Saswata Chatterjee) is a typical modern day middle class man who belongs to a middle class family and has an even cribbing wife Jhumur (Sreelekha Mitra). The family moves through a series of ups and downs and faces the facets of existence that a normal middle class family faces.
As the storyline subtly promises from the beginning, Anilabho by luck lays his hands on a magic lamp. The chance meeting with the genie of the lamp Prodeep Dutta (Rajatava Dutta) opens up a path of opportunities ahead of Anilabho. The problems that have till date become quite a part of life suddenly begin to vanish in front of Anilabho and his family.
Right form the teaser posters to the digital posters leading to the exclusive promotion kit for Ashchorjyo Prodeep everything seems to have been done tastefully with a touch of Anik Dutta's subtle humor. While Bhooter Bhobishyat raised the question of the difficult existence of ghosts Ashchorjyo Prodeep establishes the strength of a giant aka genie. Focused dialogues, sleek storytelling and definitely genuine direction and cinematography makes Ashchorjyo Prodeep a winner, but a little lesser than Bhooter Bhobishyat.
The actors Saswata and Sreelekha are genuine, while Mumtaz Sorcar and Rajatava create magic on screen with their crisp acting.
Director Anik Dutta's Ashchorjyo Prodeep is a contemporary tale of Aladdin which moves through a strange labyrinth of success and failure, aspirations and wish fulfillment. Ashchorjyo Prodeep is definitely a good, cozy winter watch.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3.2 / 5) : Good