BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Through the unsavoury smell of Ki-taek, Bong Joon-ho’s highlights the reality of the class divide in Parasite. Smell is a powerful emotion. It triggers memories and jumbles our thoughts. In late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh’s Unishe April, Mithu’s (Debashree Roy) thinking is clouded with a burst of emotions when her mother Sarojini Gupta (Aparna Sen) suddenly finds a perfume bottle, once very dear to her, in an old masala box. The whiff of that perfume evokes painful memories of her childhood. The pressure-cooker whistles interrupts the conversation of the mother-daughter.
The film talks about the mother-daughter and their dilemma on the night of April 19. It’s the death anniversary of Mithu’s father.
Unishe April released in 1994 and Rituparno had made just Hirer Angti before this in 1992. Unishe April also bagged two National Awards, something which became common for Rituparno thereafter. With Unishe April, he delved into the zone, which later he became a master of — the zone of inner conflicts. The film has many such powerful moments when Rituparno showed that he and his other works would stay forever. No, April 19 is not his birthday nor his death anniversary. The filmmaker, who then went onto change the pattern of Bengali cinema after Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Gautam Ghosh and Aparna Sen, passed away on May 30, 2013. But Unishe April will forever be an emotional date for the Bengali cinebuffs.
In a world where gimmicks take precedence over storytelling, box-office numbers have become the yardstick to keep a film running at a theatre, wonder how Rituparno would have made films today. However, he is a magician, as Prosenjit Chatterjee rightly calls him. Prosenjit played Sudeep, Mithu’s boyfriend in the film. Though a guest appearance, a young Prosenjit, looked dashing in a brief role. Later, they went onto make several films, creating memorable characters in films like Ustab, Chokher Bali, Dosar, Khela and Shob Chotritro Kalponik.
For Prosenjit, he doesn’t need any specific date to remember his friend Rituparno. Now, many know, Prosenjit’s house is named after his film ‘Utsab’. Taking to Twitter, the Bengali superstar wrote that now that the world is silent, he specially remembers Rituparno. Calling him a magician, he says maybe that’s why Rituparno could make a film like Unishe April. And then, his friend wishes him well, where ever he is. Don’t let the magic stop.
১৯শে এপ্রিল।তোকে মনে করতে যে আমার কোনো বিশেষ দিন প্রয়োজন পড়ে না সেটা তুই জানিস। তবে এই স্তব্ধ সময়টায় তোর কথা একটু বেশিই মনে পড়ছে। আসলে তুই বরাবরের ম্যাজিশিয়ান ঋতু।আর তাই হয়তো ১৯শে এপ্রিলের মত একটা সিনেমা উপহার দিতে পেরেছিলি সবাইকে।যেখানে আছিস,ভালো থাকিস।ম্যাজিকটা থামাস না। pic.twitter.com/ntQrNra366
— Prosenjit Chatterjee (@prosenjitbumba) April 19, 2020