Bengali literature is a treasure chest with all kinds of gem stones in it. The Bengali Film industry has given us many remarkable movies to be proud of and cherish. Bengal, especially its capital, Kolkata has a lot of aspects to it, we have Adda, we have Football, we have Prem, we have Para and we have Mess. Bengali film industry has showcased the ‘Mess’ culture i.e. the dormitories of Kolkata in many of its movies but among them some stand out because of many reasons and they are:
This epic comedy released on 20th February, 1953 has a star cast of not only great actors of that time but also the eminent singers of the 50s. The Annapurna Boarding House was home to many, but owned by Tulsi Chakrabarti and Molina Devi who played on screen husband wife in the movie. The Nirmal Dey directed movie is totally based on the typical Bengali mess life. Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen are just side characters providing the movie with the essence of love. Mainly the character of Rajanibabu, the mess owner played by Tulsi Chakrabarti has all the attention but it’s a funny movie because of Bhanu Bannerjee and Jahar Roy as well. Just like any other mess in Kolkata this mess too had a lot of stories and this movie will show you how to laugh through every situation. This movie had crisis, comedy and of course the romance of the dynamic duo, Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen making this movie a mile stone in the long road of Bengali film industry.
This though exactly doesn’t show a mess but its cousin, a Girl’s hostel. This 1973, Soumitra Chatterjee stared movie yet again is a comedy film directed by Dinen Gupta is the reflection of how young men and women tend to fight on the surface and then fall in love deeply in love. Aparna Sen being the leader of the hostel named Basanta Bilap, tries her best to overdo and defeat the men living across the street while one of her friends is secretly dating one of them. Stars like Robi Ghosh and Chinmoy Roy makes the movie even funnier. This movie shows the immature side of mess/ hostel life and how bitter-sweet fights can change into love.
The 2010’s one of the most loved movie was this Anjan Dutta movie. Abir Chatterjee playing the lead, Byomkesh had set bench mark for this particular role. Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay wrote about the dark side of a mess life in Kolkata and how crime can set its roots anywhere. A very normal looking doctor who also happened to own a mess can also turn out to be a drug dealer. This story is the introductory story of Byomkesh Bokshi. In this very mess he befriends his side kick and writer of all his epic cases Ajit. Anjan Dutta depicted the old mess life very precisely by giving all the different characters a different personality. This suspense thriller is the best example of how unpredictable mess life can be.
Who said only the living can have a mess to live in. The Ghosts too need a place to live in as all the trees they used to live in are no longer there, the old broken houses are all now well-built flats. This directorial debut of Anik Dutta depicts “supernatural comedy”. This was one of the biggest hits of 2012 with a huge star cast, from Paran Bandopadhyay to Swastika Mukherjee, Parambrata Chatterjee to Kharaj Mukherjee, the entire movie was a beautiful ‘mess’ of talented actors. The well written story leaves us with a question if the ghosts and their so called mess actually existed. Though the word was never used to address the place the ghosts lived in but the house played the role of a mess.
Ka Kha Ga Gha
Well this one have not released yet but is something epic already. This movie has all the elements from the above mentioned movies, obviously this also features a mess in Kolkata with the great comedians of this era, the adverse and positive situations that take place in a mess, the romance of two utterly common human beings and last but not the least a star cast as sparkling as the night sky. This movie is a directorial debut just like Bhooter Bhabishyat and a movie by none other than our very favorite ‘doctor of laughter’, Dr. Krishnendu Chatterjee and starring Samadarshi Dutta as Kalyan, Iman Chakraborty as Kharaj, Saurav Das as Ganesh, Rj Sayan as Ghanta, Kaushik Ganguly as Bhabotosh Sikhdar, Paran Bandopadhyay, Mir Afsar Ali, Aparajita Addhya, Saayoni Ghosh, Lama Halder, Manashi Sinha. A story of a person who couldn’t fulfil his dreams so made a home for the dreamers like him. To know how they fulfil their dreams and to tickle every bone in your body join them in your nearest theatre on 9th March. It has been a while since Kolkata had laughed together but you don’t have to wait longer Ka Kha Ga Gha will make you laugh the way you used to laugh as a kid and if you happen to have a big group of friends, you will surely relate to the bonding in this feature film or if you have recently fallen in love this movie will tickle your hearts too. Kolkata is home to many dreamers and if you too are a determined dreamer and coincidentally live in a mess (the dormitory and also the life condition) then you wouldn’t just laugh but you will find a new inspiration.