‘Two incompatible truths must co-exist’
Ebar Shabor is a suspense- thriller film directed by Arindam Sil based on ‘Rwin’ by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. Saswata Chatterjee star as the central character Shabor Dasgupta. The story revolves around Shabor Dasgupta, who is entrusted to solve the mystery surrounding the murder of Mitali Ghosh. The film starts the same way as Mysshkin’s Yudham Sei, finding a dead body in a public place, before jumping to the interesting title sequences introducing the main character. Shabor quickly finds Mitali’s ex-husband Mithu Mitra, ex-flame Pantu Haldar, friend Samiran and her cousin Joyeeta as the prime suspects. Slowly, we are revealed, when Shabor travel through the complex relationship, about the problems that run deep in Mitali’s life.
‘Why do I write so many letters when I know I’ll never post them?’
There are few movies I have seen, before or since, that are suspenseful as this. It is also quite bleak, which will admittedly put you off at times but it is still a great film. The genius of Ebar Shabor script is rooted in the way the movie keeps the audience as clueless as the Shabor. It’s complex, but subtle, keeps you guessing and doesn’t disappoint you and it has great characters. Notoriously bleak, yet utterly compelling, a crime drama at its best. To work this level of complexity into a screenplay, and yet to make it unfold in such a way that everything is clearly understandable as you watch it, is true mastery of the art of screen writing and film-making.
‘Deep within, the memory of that kiss pricks me with happiness’
The acting is marvelous. Genelia D’souza look-alike Payel Sarkar as Joyeeta Ghosh is very beautiful and keeps the character lovable. She is pretty amazing as well. June Malia is excellent in the mysterious role. Swastika Mukherjee plays the biggest supporting character. She is the film’s femme fatale, the sexy, upper-class dame who has a secret. But it is Ritwick Chakraborty as Pantu Haldar, who steals the show along with Saswata Chatterjee as Shabor Dasgupta. You know Saswata Chatterjee. He is the assassin in Vidya Balan’s Kahaani.
‘There is a poem I love… Woods are lovely, dark and deep but I have miles to go before I sleep’
This movie will definitely draw you in real quick, and it definitely kept me interested throughout. It’s a very good movie, just be prepared for some unexpected stuff. Ebar Shabor is a multifaceted and profound crime story.
by P.S. Arjun
Cinephile. Learning the art of Filmmaking. Film-Director.