Chaya Manush Bengali Movie

Feature Film | 2014
A thriller in the making Chaya Manush skips the first spot because of a poor direction and telefilm like cinematography.
Feb 10, 2014 By Anurima Das

Director Arindam Dey's Chaya Manush explores several paradigms within the real and unreal spaces. Rahul (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) is a struggling writer who is stuck within his failures. He strives hard to pull himself out of the long dark tunnel but with very less hope. At a juncture when his writing is not paying him off anymore and his wife and son have left him alone he meets Pranotosh Dayal Dinobondhu (Kaushik Ganguly). Dayal is the know-it all man, he intervenes and assures Rahul that he and his company work for mankind's good.

He pulls all the weak threads in Rahul's life like an expert puppeteer and promises to strengthen them eventually. A series of events makes Rahul vulnerable and forces him to cross path with Dayal. Trisha (Paoli Dam) is Rahul's journalist friend who warns him not to become susceptible towards Dayal's fake promises. Rahul however moves on, signs up the pact for Dayal, clears off his debts and sets out on a trip to North Bengal for a commissioned writing assignment.

All evil breaks lose and the story begins to get all the more gripping and confusing at North Bengal until everything is finally resolved at the end.

Actors Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Kaushik Ganguly have mindblowingly carried Chaya Manush on their shoulders without drooping. Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee is good but could not overshadow Rahul and Dayal. Both Paoli Dam and Raima Sen are natural and suit their individual role quite well. Even though director Arindam Dey has to be thanked for introducing such a script on screen but he should have understood his strength and weakness and could have passed on the baton of direction into able hands.

To sum up, Chaya Manush is a fair watch till the time you don't know what to expect. Once the spell is broken you will not bear the pain of watching it all over again.

Anurima Das