Ek Nadir Galpo (Tale of a River) review

January 31, 2008 at 10:03 pm 20 comments

A lot of people come here looking for Ekti Nadir Galpo or Ek Nadir galpo. If that’s why you came here let me assure you, it’s a good film, worth your time. A short review follows.

Ek Nadir Galpo (Tale of a River) is a Bengali feature film, by first time director Samir Chanda. The story is so simple that to reveal anything would give the film away. It is set in a small village in a remote area of Bengal. To step outside, a river needs to be crossed. The other connection to the outer world is a small post office supervised by the head clerk Mr. Bhattacharya. Mr. Bhattacharya’s daughter, Anjana, is about to begin college, the first person from her village to do so. This prospect is both exciting and frightening for Bhattacharya, who seems to have spent his entire life in his secluded village. Anjana’s brush with the outside world is not well recieved by Bhattacharya. This little friction, between a politically reclusive father and his budding politically excited daughter is beautifully essayed. An unfortunate incident leaves Bhattacharya shattered. The reality of it is too harsh for him to accept. He resolves to compensate his loss by making a bizarre request out of the government. Driven by his daughter’s ardor and energy, and his own personal grief, he campaigns, without the benefit of “public support”, to have this unusual request fulfilled. Will he succeed?

Besides being a touching story of a father and a daughter, the film is also a revealing commentary on the Indian citizens tryst with politics and the government. For instance, Anjana is both excited and cynical about the political activities at her college. It is clear that she desires change, but does not agree with the disruptive methods of her compatriots. Then there is Bhattacharya. His cynicism of public support is reversed when his demands are not filled. His request itself is symbolic. Lost in grief, he selfishly demands emotional gratification instead of corrective action. It shows us how deep the emotions of personal loss run, and how the law and its machinations provide no space for it. This idea is captured well by the character of a District Magistrate, who listens to Bhattacharya and resolves to help him out. Soon however he is frustrated by Bhattacharya’s stubbornness and his reluctance to pursue the matter with a logical approach. The conclusion makes us question the desiarbility of this approach for some, given its inability to satiate personal loss.

The film is powered by excellent performances by Mithun Chakraborty (veternan actor, National Award winner, B grade star, and Ooty hotelier) and the talented Shweta Prasad (previously seen in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Makdee). The visuals are stunning right from the starting credits to the beautifully shot climax. I don’t have much to say about the music, as it appeared very simple to me. There are some songs in the first half which seem to slow the film down, but otherwise the film is perfect.

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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rom  |  February 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I would like to see the film, coz mithundas big fan, is there any film posters? if yoyu have please email it to me..

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  • 2. Sheikhchilli  |  February 1, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Rom,
    No, I have no idea where one can get this film from. I saw it at a film festival myself and can’t find a DVD anywhere.

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  • 3. abhishek  |  February 6, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Dear friends,
    This movie is not realises yet. the director decide to realise in march08. after that the dvd u’ll find in market. if u really want any movie still i can send it to u, coz i’m working w/ the director. also tell me the right purpose.
    thanks.

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  • 4. Sheikhchilli  |  February 7, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Abhishek, thanks for the comment.
    Guess I’ll watch it again in March. Btw will the film see release outside of Bengal ?

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  • 5. Rom  |  February 9, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Abhishek, is it possible to premiere in UK london, it will be hit coz millinons mithun fan in UK. if you know the director please suggest him and my help is is there for him..

    Romuz

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  • 6. nalini  |  April 14, 2008 at 4:22 am

    abhishek

    i want the film.
    nalini

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  • 7. nalini  |  April 14, 2008 at 4:23 am

    abhishek,

    i want to film

    nalini

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  • 8. samir chanda  |  May 1, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Hi friend,I am samir chanda -the director of the film. It feels nice to see all your comments and love towards our DADA- Mithunda. It is not yet marketed outside India, I am keeping my fingers crossed , someday somebody will ask me to release the film in U.K – so that the film can reach to the people , who really wants to see the film. Thanx n regards! Samir Chanda

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    • 9. Swati  |  September 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Hi samir,

      I must say a great work done. and true justice to the Sunil Gangopadhay’s story.. just watched the movie.. amazing, moved me so much.. hope to buy the DVD when we visit India (Kolkata). Casting can’t have been better than this!!

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      • 10. Swati  |  September 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

        Hi samir,

        I must say a great work done. and true justice to the Sunil Gangopadhay’s story.. just watched the movie.. amazing, moved me so much.. hope to buy the DVD when we visit India (Kolkata). Casting can’t have been better than this!!

  • 11. Sheikhchilli  |  May 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Mr. Samir Chanda,
    Thank you, for giving us a splendid and beautiful film. I hope to see it on a big screen once again. 🙂

    It was nice of you to drop by.

    -Abhijit

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  • 12. Abhik  |  May 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    dis is 1 of the best film dat i have evr seen

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  • 13. Rom  |  August 25, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Dear Mr Samir Chanda, its been pleasant to see your response in this page, please release the movie in UK, if you need an help please your most welcome. I am dying to see this film.

    Thank you

    romuz

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  • 14. sourav banerjee  |  January 21, 2009 at 7:27 am

    I am eagerly waiting for the film,at least i wnt to hear the song of the film

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  • 15. Abhijit  |  April 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    i m a big fan of Mithun Chakraborty. .. i m looking forward to watch this movie … when is it gettin released ? will it get released in the multiplexes in Kolkata? .. this kinda movie should be given full support so that we can get to see more movies like ” Ek Nadir Golpo ” in the future. ..

    wat abt the DVD release date? 🙂

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  • 16. Jaideep Pandey  |  May 15, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I saw this movie recently, as usual came back with a heavy heart, shattered at the plight of the father who lost everything when he lost hus daughter, I could feel the pain but a couple of things I didn’t understand as
    1. The girl jumped into the river and died, How could it be as being avillage belle, she must be a very good swimmer?
    2. It was said by police that she was raped and strangulated to death but did she not jump on her pwn in the river? Did they find her out again and killed her, When I saw the movie, may be that portopn was censored!
    3. She was a sensible girl how could she leave around the crowd and move away into darkness on her own I never could understand.
    Otherwise the story line is perfect, it shows what happens in real life, how many parents get the shock of their life due to some miscreants, who are at large in our soceity, at times shielded by politicians and powerful people!!
    There are so many rape incidents every where?

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  • 17. Jaideep Pandey  |  May 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Dear Mr. Samir
    After posting my comment, I read your response, it is surely nice to see your comment here. I had asked some questions there, I have not read the original story, But did you ever feel the same as me? Did the questions come to your mind too? I also agree that while making a movie many thngs need to be accomodated,
    Though released earlier, I saw it just last week only, and I did like it vry much, espciallly the acting part, of Mithin of course as well as the DM, and the girl Shweta Prasad, did she speak her dialogues herself? Did she know bengali or just she did the dialogues only, from her name she doesn’t seem to a bengali girl!! Or it was merely dubbed!! Just curiosity nothng else!!

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  • 18. Jaideep Pandey  |  May 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Dear Mr. Samir
    After posting my comment, I read your response, it is surely nice to see your comment here. I had asked some questions there, I have not read the original story, But did you ever feel the same as me? Did the questions come to your mind too? I also agree that while making a movie many things need to be accommodated,
    Though released earlier, I saw it just last week only, and I did like it very much, espcially the acting part, of Mithun of course as well as the DM, and the girl Shweta Prasad, did she speak her dialogues herself? Did she know bengali or just she did the dialogues only, from her name she doesn’t seem to a bengali girl!! Or it was merely dubbed!! Just curiosity nothing else!!

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  • 19. Vijai Kumaraguru  |  July 31, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I need the DVD of this movie plz anyone could say where it is available
    I’m in Tamil nadu, Chennai or else plz any one give the link of the movie…

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  • 20. Somenath Chatterjee  |  March 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Overall a good film, Mithun Chakrabortty’s acting really tuoch heart, but once again he lossed National Award, it is unjustified.

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