There are some movies which come as a breath of fresh air; they seem to tell you that there is something more to the cinematic medium. The cinematic experience is hard to describe for such movies because you live the experience, not just watch it on screen.
Labor of Love or Asha Jawar Majhe does not rely on dialogues to create an impact. This film truly lives up to the spirit that when action speaks louder than words, it can create a nice impact on the audience. The characters go about their mundane life in an unhurried manner; like even the small act of eating food is showed in a slow leisurely way with attention to all the minute details. Each and every aspect of the couple’s life is detailed out; nothing is sketchy, every dot is connected.
Another recent movie by Pratim D. Gupta Machher Jhol is a movie which has made a huge impact on overseas audience. The return of the prodigal son to his ailing mother and his constant effort to recreate the magic of a particular machher jhol or fish curry create the basic framework of this movie. But the movie plays on various emotions and sentiments like the estranged relationship of the father and the son with the mother relentlessly trying to bridge the gap, the relationship of the son with his ex-wife, his coming to terms about the existence of his son, and his ultimate decision to go back to his present French girlfriend.
Nirbashito, the directorial debut of Churni Ganguly traces the life of the famous banished author Taslima Nasreen and her cat. This film which was screened at different international film festivals before releasing in Kolkata is a beautiful depiction of a woman who has not only lost her physical home, but suffers from an emotional disconnect. This is a common phenomenon for women who suffer dislocation in many spheres; whether they move out of their parent’s home to their in-law’s place or simply go to a different city with their family.