Four stories. Three writers. One on screen writer/ director. Sandip Ray's Chaar befits this description with glory and successfully represents four stories on screen clubbed tighter as a singular narrative. Stories have not been picked with a particular motive but are heart warming and define relationships distinctly by expressing different human emotions. The one hour forty five minutes of narrative is broken down into four parts. Part one Bateshwarer Abadan by Parashuram is the story of a writer who is forced to alter his tragic narrative. Part two Dui Bandhu (Two Friends) by Satyajit Ray explores the realms of friendship and therefore the various said and unsaid bond between the two. Part three Kaktaruya (Scarecrow) by Satyajit Ray explores realms of subconscious memory, imagination and unrequited attachment. The last part Parikkha (Exam) by Saradindu Bandopadhyay takes us back to the British Bengal and warms our heart through an innocent tale of love and trust.
Expression of emotions in each tale is weaved with simplicity and virtue. Music heightens the tempo and gels the narrative quite well. Ray's selection of actors is equally powerful and perfect. From Paran Bandhopadhyay to Saswata Chatterjee to Sreelekha Mitra, Rajatava, Sudipta and Swaralipi, Piyush to Abir and Koel everyone works their character too well and somehow create such an impact that at one point you would feel Chaar wouldn't have been possible without them playing their roles.
To summarize, simplicity, purity, heart warming are the few words that you will easily encounter after watching Sandip Ray's Chaar (Four). Satisfaction is just a low tribute for a film like Chaar. Watch Chaar to experience the entertainment of reading stories on screen.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3.3 / 5) : Good