Movie Review: Kashmakash (2011)
If God were to give the late Rabindranath Tagore an opportunity to tweet one celestial quote of thanks…there’s little doubt that he’d craft an ode of praise to Rituparno Ghosh. And then, the ‘Nobel Prize Winner for Literature’ (1913) would have swiftly request the Almighty permission to dash off one more tweet! This time around, to Subhash Ghai and Mukta Arts. The first, clearly, would be for Ghosh having adapted his short story Noukadubi to Bengali cinema in a period film of merit and the second to Ghai for dubbing it in Hindi as Kashmakash, apart from presenting the movie under his famed banner, thereby increasing the access base to his masterpiece in the process.
Served up appropriately highlighting the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Kashmakash undoubtedly makes its mark on the cinematic horizon. Suffused with sensitivity and high on aesthetics, Kashmakash (meaning dilemma), is every cinephile’s dream come true. Set in the 1920s, Kashmakash crafted under the Mukta Searchlight banner and slated for a May 20, 2011 release, spotlights the two Sen siblings: Riya and Raima to advantage under the directorial power of Rituparno Ghosh.
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.