Rangan Chakravarty's Baari Tar Bangla is the story of a middle aged man caught within the traps of a language. The language that once formed a connection between him and his mother suddenly begins to tease him and he forgets to think in his very own 'Bengali'. Roopchand (Saswata Chatterjee) realizes that his grasp over bangla has slowly started fading out and he is unable to write anymore. A trip to the psychiatrist Abanti (Raima Sen) and the treatment procedure becomes our window into the life of 40 year old Roopchand.
Roopchand begins to narrate his life and slowly unfolds the journey of a language. An unconventional narrative is what Chakravarty shapes up with Baari Tar Bangla. Chakravarty pays tribute to Sukumar Ray and Rabindranath Tagore, through his lyrics and dialogues. It is the societal satire that forms the backbone of the film and is bound to tickle you with humor and wit. No one could have been a better Roopchand apart from Saswata and without any inhibitions, he carries on the role with grace.
Songs in Baari Tar Bangla are exceptionally are meaningful and delves out the hardest truth of the society in the easiest of way, with a hint of mockery in 'bangla'. Even though many would imply enjoy the carefree nature of the film, but there is a lot of relatable contexts and sub contexts for many in Baari Tar Bangla.
Baari Tar Bangla is not just a film, but an on screen reading. Satire is just a small word in front of the strong discourse set out by the powerful 1 hr 46 mns. A must one time watch, the film will definitely pull the Bengalis at heart to the theaters a few more times.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3.7 / 5) : Very Good