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Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love, Bengali)

Can you tell a story with just everyday images and situational sounds? Sengupta does it seamlessly.

Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love, Bengali)
Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love, Bengali)
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Starring: Ritwick Chakraborty, Basabdatta Chatterjee
Directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Rating: ***

There’s very little in common between Asha Jaoar Majhe and In The Mood For Love, but somehow Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut feature reminded me a lot of Wong Kar Wai’s classic romance. Perhaps it’s to do with the abiding images of the two protagonists walking/cycling along narrow city alleys with little spoken yet a lot communicated through music; just the plaintive shehnai music in the background here, and the aching melancholy of Yumeji’s theme there. Like In The Mood For Love, Asha Jaoar Majhe is a quiet, almost silent film, yet each of its frames is resonant with unspoken feelings. Can you tell a story with just everyday images and situational sounds? Sengupta does it seamlessly.

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