Hey guys, as I again promised you in my previous article that I will write an article on the best Bengali movies of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and so on. so here we go. I am going to write an article about the top 10 best Bengali movies in 2014. The movies which are mentioned below are really really good to watch. I hope this will entice you to watch some and don’t forget to share your personal experience with us.
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Best Bengali Movies 2014 Which I Think Are A Must Watch
10. Nirbashito (2014)
Director: Churni Ganguly
Writers: Churni Ganguly, Kaushik Ganguly (screenplay)
Stars: Lars Bethke, Lia Boysen, Saswata Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly, Joakim Granberg, Raima Sen
Nirbashito was India’s Oscar nomination in the category of “Best Foreign Film” in 2015. Actress Churni Ganguly hit the bull’s eye with her first directorial attempt, ‘Nirbashito,’ as it lapped up the Best Bengali movie at the recently announced 62nd National Film Awards. How does a woman deal with expulsion from her motherland? That is what the film is all about.
An illustrative tale, seen through the eyes of a woman whose unnamed character is based on controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen and a cat named Baghini, whose character is based upon Nasreen’s cat Minu, Nirbashito has been one of the most feted Indian films of the year. Nirbhashito documents a struggle that is definitely not worth a miss. The beauty of the struggle is poetically achieved with the right shade of emotions. Watch Nirbashito undergo the journey of loneliness.
9. Ramdhanu (2014)
Directors: Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee
Writer: Suchitra Bhattacharya
Stars: Rachna Banerjee, Gargi Roychowdhury, Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Suzanne Bernert, Akashneel Mitra
Ramadan (English: The Rainbow) brings forward the emotional journey of a family. They struggle to be hopeful. The difficulties of pouring in failures with a straight face. Watch Ramdhanu discover the celebration of a couple who face adversities just to win over them with relaxation.” Ramdhanu” is a simply told story with simple characters with whom we can identify. The director duo has brought another interesting and unique subject of our day-to-day life which is the admission of a kid in a good school. The story is an adaptation of Suchitra Bhattacharya’s novel “Ramdhanu Rang“. The story idea is truly unique, though it is a very familiar aspect of our regular life that no filmmaker has thought of as a film subject so far.
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So the credit should be given to the director duo for choosing such an original story idea. The moments and characters are very real and the audiences can identify with them. There is a solid dose of light-hearted laughter scenes and at the same time, there is some emotional quotient too. Among the supporting cast, the child actor Akashneel Mitra (Gogol) is very cute and adorable and he has done a very good job. Overall “Ramdhanu” is a film that will catch your attention from the first scene and you will never get bored. You can enjoy it with your family as well as friends, no matter your age you will feel connected to the subject and characters.
8. Hrid Majharey (2014)
Director: Ranjan Ghosh
Writer: Ranjan Ghosh
Stars: Abir Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Indraish Roy, Barun Chanda, Arun Mukherjee, Sohag Sen
“Iss Dil se bachke rehna, ajeeb aur gareeb khel khelta rehta hai yeh zaalim” – These words report in your mind with every passing frame of Hrid Majharey. It’s a story of two lovers trapped in the middle of an eternal struggle between logic and destiny. This is the first movie in the Bengali language based on the works of William Shakespeare and was presented as a tribute on his 450th Birth Anniversary in 2014. It is a critically acclaimed love tragedy movie that has already created history by becoming the first Bengali movie to be shot in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands after a gap of more than three decades. It is a decent movie to watch, especially for the fans of the on-screen couple Raima and Abir.
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“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — This line from Shakespeare echoes in every scene of debutant director Ranjan Ghosh’s film, Hrid Majhare. Abir’s performance as a suspicious lover, who struggles to choose between love and ambition, is top-notch. Raima looks beautiful in every frame and the climax where Abir and Raima struggle for love over destiny, is worth a watch. The realization, in the end, is again a shocker. The film does have its share of loopholes. But then again, Ghosh shows his promise as a debutant director.
7. Byomkesh Phire Elo (2014)
Director: Anjan Dutt
Writer: Anjan Dutt (screenplay)
Stars: Abir Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Ushasie Chakraborty, Chandan Sen, Locket Chatterjee, Anjana Basu
A must-watch is some way of calling the film perfect. A few murders, a simple weapon, and some amazingly simple yet perfectly complicated reasons for the murder. Surprises are inside when you sit to watch Byomkesh Phire Elo. Byomkesh Phire Elo is part of the Byomkesh series that happened in 2010 by Anjan Dutt. This Byokesh film marks the closure of the trilogy. This is the third installment of the Byomkesh series by Anjan Dutt, serving as a sequel to Byomkesh Bakshi and Abar Byomkesh. Even though it might be the end or should be treated as the conclusion of the screen adaptations of Byomkesh by Anjan Dutt.
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This film leaves a strong aftertaste and is probably one of the best Byomkesh Bakshi films since Chiriyakhana (1967). The film is based on Beni Sanghar by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. As a director, Anjan Dutta has done a superb job whether it is recreating the old age charm of old Calcutta or choosing the actors for different characters. He has done all this with near perfection. It is much better than his earlier Byomkesh movies in its presentation. Overall it is the best Byomkesh movie ever made by Anjan Dutta. So go and watch it if you are a Byomkesh fan. Also, you should watch it as it is the last opportunity to see Abir Chatterjee as Byomkesh Bakshi.
6. Chaya Manush (2014)
Director: Arindam Mamdo Dey
Writer: Arijit Biswas (screenplay)
Stars: Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Soumitra Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Paoli Dam, Kaushik Ganguly, Debdoot Dutta
This is a thriller with some supernatural elements thrown into it but it can not be categorized as a supernatural thriller rather it can be termed as a psychological thriller. The movie is all about finding your way through a maze — enveloped in the mist — as the director tries to weave a story that borders somewhere between real and surreal, natural and supernatural. The film is a suspense thriller that revolves around a man in the shadows. When your life is sinking he comes to you as your savior but, in turn, leaves you destroyed. Who is this man in the shadows and what exactly does he want from the protagonist’s forms the story of the film.
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A good suspense thriller needs two qualities: one while creating the mystery, it needs to engage its audiences with it and the other is when the mystery is solved it needs to look convincing and shocking. For this movie, both the qualities are present but partially. In the end, when the mystery is revealed it is really shocking and unexpected. It is partially predictable but not totally. To sum up, Chaya Manush is a fair watch till the time you don’t know what to expect. Once the spell is broken you will not bear the pain of watching it all over again. Overall it was a good try to make an unconventional thriller but it could have been made better.
5. Ek Phaali Rodh (2014)
Director: Atanu Ghosh
Writer: Atanu Ghosh (screenplay, story)
Stars: Dhritiman Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty, Aparajita Ghosh Das, Jisshu Sengupta, Arunima Ghosh
Ek Phaali Rodh (A Ray of Light)-The movie deals with a unique theme that has not been seen in Indian cinema before. This is a social phenomenon called “The Bystander Effect.” “My film is completely fictional. It tells the story of a social scientist (Dhritiman Chatterjee) who is conducting research on the passive response of bystanders to a street crisis such as a sudden accident where someone is hurt or is being attacked in the middle of a road while witnesses do not react or even try to run away from the crisis instead of coming forward to help,” says Ghosh who has made significant feature films like Anshumaaner Chhobi, Tokhon Teish, and Roopkatha Noy all of which won critical acclaim.
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More than a psychological thriller, Ek Phali Rodh is an emotionally rich document that is more humane than clinical. This unfolds when the secret of the title Ek Phali Rodh (a ray of sunshine) is revealed. Ek Phali Rodh touches a chord in your heart even as you are struck by the audiovisual ambiance it exudes. Like the fragrance of a forgotten perfume floating around.
4. Chotoder Chobi (2014)
Director: Kaushik Ganguly
Writer: Kaushik Ganguly
Stars: Dulal Sarkar, Debalina Roy
Chotoder Chobi (English: A Story about small people) is one of the top contenders for the top award at the 45th International Film festival of India. Chotoder Chobi is apparently a simple love story. The story begins with the shocking death of Shibu, a dwarf clown, whose trapeze act goes horribly wrong. He is bedridden, leaving his wife and daughter in utter distress, and the circus company offers an inadequate amount for his treatment and sends it to the family through the Khoka’s hands (Dulal Sarkar). Khoka, Shibu’s colleague, and a dear friend is pained to see Shibu’s family in a financial crunch, and the news of Shibu’s death (in fact a suicide) aggravates his anger. He leaves his job instantly and befriends Soma, the deceased’s daughter, and becomes his confidant. Dulal Sarkar and Debalina Roy do justice to their tailor-made roles. It one of the Best Bengali Movies in 2014 which you should definitely watch.
In the film, Ganguly expresses how liberal and widened the beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes of dwarfs are, in spite of their small stature. The movie is not meant for the extraordinary. It is as ordinary a tale as the characters are. It is the first full-length feature movie where the protagonists and the supporting characters are all centered on dwarves. Chotader Chobi is a big leap of faith for mankind. It is a dark, comic, and soul-melting cult film that leaves room only for introspection and questions. Like all other Ganguly’s works, it leaves us questioning and reshaping our perspectives towards the normal-abnormal dichotomy.
3. Asha Jaoar Majhe (2014)
Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Writer: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Stars: Basabdatta Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty
The first thing that strikes me about Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut feature, Labour of Love or Asha Jaoar Majhe, is its wonderful silence. It was a movie that no producer dared to touch. It is a silent film, which relies entirely on images and everyday sounds. In an India which is bombarded with the noisiest of sounds, this work – shown at the ongoing Venice International Film Festival – has no dialogue. Yes, it has musical scores in the background, but not many. It’s a film that transcends languages and cultures, this almost one and half hour wordless film is perhaps the best you could watch in recent times. Labour Of Love is one of the most visually and aurally striking films in recent years.
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The film makes it clear that there’s a recession going on, but we don’t know how this is affecting our couple—whether they’re both working because they have to pay the bills, or if that’s the way they prefer it. The man works at night in a printing press and the woman works in a factory during the day. The only time they have with each other is a few twilight minutes when he comes home and before she leaves. Apart from a beautiful, surreal 5 minutes, in the end, the film seems content to expertly record everyday life that tells anything approaching a story. I recommend that movie to everyone, especially to Bengali movie lovers and my addicted movie readers. It is one of the best Bengali movies of 2014 which I am sure you like and will definitely watch it. Don’t forget to share your opinion with us.
2. Jaatishwar (2014)
Director: Srijit Mukherji
Writer: Srijit Mukherji
Stars: Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee, Abir Chatterjee, Rahul Banerjee, Riya Sen
Jaatishwar is the story of Hensman Anthony who became popular as Anthony Firingee (Firingee referring to him being a foreigner) in 19th Century Bengal. He went on to settle down in Farashdanga, part of the old Portuguese town of Chandernagore (now known as Chandannagar), situated close to Kolkata. Being a musician with a flair for languages, Anthony went on to not just learn Bengali but also to compose songs in the native language. Anthony also went on to marry a Hindu widow named Soudamini and continued to be influenced by Bengali culture and Hindu religion. The influence reflected in his work and he soon became popular in the ‘kavigan’ circuit, a tradition of poetic duels popular in that era.
Jaatishwar is a film that comfortably crisscrosses between 2 time zones, the 19thcentury as we see Hensman Anthony’s life and times and the present times that we live in. The film keeps moving across the two time zones in a deliberate non-linear fashion which works in favor of the film. Jaatishwar is more like an experience that takes us for a joyride through the annuls of history–freely flowing from present to the past, from fiction to history. Jaatishwar is Srijit’s best film in terms of mounting, it’s his most heartfelt film and his most organically developed film… he has lived with Kabir Suman’s songs for such a long time, and he has made a film from a song. Music is the mainstay of Jaatishwar and it stays with you.
1. Chotushkone (2014)
Director: Srijit Mukherji
Writer: Srijit Mukherji
Stars: Swastika, Aparna Sen, Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Goutam Ghosh, Parambrata Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar
Chotushkone (English: Quadrangle) is an unconventional movie where Srijit clearly wants to have fun and at the same time engage the audience as well. One major reason why Chotushkone works is because of its casting. Srijit seems to have fun with the film, blurring the lines between reality and illusion. Chotushkone on one hand uses all these metaphors on how a film gets made, how characters are developed etcetera and it also indulges the audience in what is real and what is not. It tries to ask us if art can be original. It is one of the best Bengali movies of 2014 which every Bangla movie fan should watch.
Chatushkone is all about human relationships, more of irregular ones. It’s also about ambition and vengeance. Chotushkone is a group of Bengali film actors and directors and has four short stories in one film. The film blurs the lines between reel and real with actors, who are playing themselves in this movie. In short, it is a story of four filmmakers, most of them apparently down on assignments, who are commissioned to make a half-hour short film each based on their own plots and themes. Chotushkone is a quirky, fun ride that Srijit pulls off elegantly. The movie reaffirms the fact that Srijit is a director to watch out for.
Without adding this movie, the list would not be completed. It’s part of the list. After spending some time on the list, I think the movie “Shongram” should be mentioned in this list. This list is totally based on my point of view. so no offense, please. Also, if you want to add your favorite Bengali movie of 2014, just do let me know by commenting using the comment box. Your feedback is really valuable to me.
* Shongram (2014)
Director: Munsur Ali
Writers: Munsur Ali, Billy Mackinnon (screenplay)
Stars: Anupam Kher, Asia Argento, Amaan Reza, Dilruba Yasmeen Ruhee, Arman Parvez, Ananta Hira
Shongram (English: Struggle) is a romantic drama that is set against the backdrop of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. This is the first time a British movie is being simultaneously written, produced, and directed by a British-Bangladeshi. Shongram as an opportunity to share some of the truths of what happened during the nine-month period proceeding Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, which was filled with horrific atrocities that saw millions of people killed, tortured, and raped. The movie combines fact with fiction, engaging the viewer through a plot that is captivating and well-paced.
The film is at times fairly well-shot; scenic images of the countryside are filled with appreciation and understanding of how to best present them, no scene is ever too dimly lit or out of focus and some genuine attention has been paid to framing. The final message that Munsur Ali wanted to convey to the international audience was successfully delivered through the last scene – which is that the genocide of 1971 is probably one of the most ignored events in recent times. Everyone involved in the film is the generation after the war, yet they have performed excellently, that itself is a big deal.
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