Rituporno Ghosh's fixation with Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's literature can easily be witnessed in most of his movies. More so because, Bengal will hold no major place in anyone's mind without this literary giant's awe-inspiring works. Hence for his latest release, Rituparno selected one of the most sought after stories of Tagore - Nouka Dubi or as titled Kashmakash in Hindi. Now whether he manages to justify the story is or not remains to be seen.
Set in 1920's Bengal, Kashmakash is a tale of Ramesh (Jisshu Sengupta) who is forced to marry Susheela (Riya Sen) whereas his heart lies with Hem Nalini (Raima Sen). Things take a turn for the worse when, Ramesh realizes that his wife Susheela is after all Kamala and is the wife of someone named Neel Naksha Choudhury (Prosenjit Chatterjee). He then decides to reunite Kamala with her rightful husband. Rest of the story is how Ramesh locates Neel Naksha and what effect it has on his life.
As far as the setting of the film is concerned, Kashmakash gets is just right. The décor, costumes and scenic beauty, transports you into the real Bengal everyone envisions. The lilting background music only adds to the beatific setting created by Rituparno. However, it starts and ends with that. Kashmakash takes a serious beating in its pace. Rituporno Ghosh's screenplay is slow and dragging. It gets really confusing after a few sequences that leave you flustered. The storyline appears disjointed at many occasions making it a tiring experience.
This is Riya Sen's first Bengali outing and she does a swell job. Riya looks very much at ease in the character of a shaken, docile, homely and good hearted wife. Raima Sen's aristocratic demeanor as Hem Nalini is inspiring. Rest of the cast did a great job too.
All in all, Kashmakash may find it really hard to hold audience's interest owing to its sensibilities but for a true cinema love this Bengali feast surely deserves a shot.
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