Movie Review – Shakira Ahibo Bokultolor Bihuloi
Guernica Creatovista Production along with director, Himanshu Prasad Das had brought a new age family drama with a comical twist titled, Shakira Ahibo Bokultolor Bihuloi on celluloid. The film got released on January 20, 2017, across the state. The film deals with a natural issue of river embankment of a village (Bokultol) and its people’s years of strain & struggle and how a man with his shrewd set of tactics sets a light of hope for the betterment of the village and its people. The film does put questions to us as a citizen of the country and also to the Government on integrity and onus one should carry for our betterment and upliftment. A succession of humour, irony and satirical turnover amidst a needful point at issue forms the crux of the story. The director pioneers a new definition of Assamese cinema in bringing the sensitive and core subjects that are not that different in content and form but his way of treatment to the entire film is distinctive and commendable and also cater to the masses.
A young boy full of vim & vigour takes an onus for the change of betterment. He with his shrewd set of tactics had gathered a large group of youths for raising a fund from the village people for a natural issue of river embankment in the name of a popular International singer, Shakira as a bait to cater them. He was successful in doing so. Thus, the film sends a message of change with oneself, unity for a good cause, undependable on others, lively and spirited in the case of action.
The characters are etched to perfection. The director of the film, Himanshu Prasad Das has itself acted in the film as the lead. Undoubtedly, the film’s sole performance. He with very ease got into’s character with poised honesty, vulnerability, fear and rebellious. Kudos to the other cast like Pranami Bora, Akhim Krishna Barua, Sidhartha Mukharjee, Jyoti Narayan Nath, Chandan Das, Apurba Barman etc. for being so authentic and raw against the milieu. Each of the actors had got the picture on their mind that had empathized them to emote true cinematic insight of distilling emotions on the silver screen.
Director Himanshu Prasad Das’s comical family drama has so much of freshness in the story. Though the screenplay of the film falls flat at times, there is a flow of connectivity between each scene and all the characters are well crafted. The 1st half of the film seemed more like stretched but quickly picked up the grip lately. The cinematography is satisfactory capturing the picturesque of the village but it could have been more eye soothing cinematically. Music is very much apt with the plot’s pace. It is neither too gaudy nor too sunken. The costumes, art direction, and editing department have done its bit to enhance the film.
Shakira Ahibo Bokultolor Bihuloi is a complete package of Paisa Wasool Masala oriented film with a different flavour of rightfulness, substance, humour and sheer drama. The film posses every genre of emotions interwoven with a hue of joy & woe driven with subtle precise and pace. Watch it to enliven the boldness and positivity spirit of change and responsibility within oneself.