24 September, 2020

Shubho Muhurat

A refreshing change in the arid world of Bengali cinema, particularly for a clash of histrionic skills between Sharmila and Rakhee.

Shubho Muhurat
Starring: Sharmila Tagore, Rakhee Gulzar, Nandita Das
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Rating: ***

Rituparno Ghosh's latest offering, Shubho Mahurat, finds him doing what he is best at—making films with a woman-centric theme. But wait. Here his women will murder to settle old scores. And a jeans-clad young woman film journalist who gets caught in the thick of events espouses the cause of loving two men at the same time, but with equal sincerity. They are no longer the typical, vulnerable middle-class women who get the wrong end of the stick and are stuck in a dreary urban Bengali existence of mosquito nets and taant saris.

Yet Ghosh's Miss Marple—Bengalified as Rangapishi and played by Rakhee—is as soft and fair as they come with a razor-sharp mind, and ears and eyes that do not miss anything, a trait so essential to sleuthing. Her nose too, when she tells her journalist niece to feel free to smoke outside the bathroom...



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