Mishawr Rohoshyo (Bangla)
Story: Sunil Gangopadhyay
Direction and Screenplay: Srijit Mukherjee
Cast:Prosenjit Chatterjee, Aryaann Bhowmick, Indraneil Sengupta, Rajit Kapoor, Biswajit Chakraborty, Rajesh Sharma,
Tulika Bose, Swastika Mukherjee, Neel Mukherjee,
Tridha Choudhury, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, Barun Chanda and others.
Sunil Gangopadhyay created Kakababu in 1979 with a series of 34 Kakababu adventure stories. Kakababu’s real name is Raja Roy Chowdhury (Prosenjit). The original story of Mishawr Rohoshyo dates back to the mid-1980s. Srijit has relocated it to the present time. This has given the film the dynamic backdrop of a politically-turbulent Egypt trapped in a civil movement in 2011. Kakababu is a very hep detective, nattily dressed in designer jackets, jeans and shoes. He carries a hi-end cell-phone. After an accident that crushed his heel, he goes on another adventure to the Himalayas, hobbling around with a crutch strapped to one fore-arm.
After some superfluous dilly-dallying around the family framework and romance between Shontu and girlfriend Rini (Tridha), the film moves on to the exotic Egyptian landscape. It begins with the kidnapping of Kakababu from his hotel room by Hani Alkadi (Indraneil Sengupta), the leader of an underground movement against the dictatorship. The core of the mystery is the deciphering of a hieroglyph handed over by the 100-year-old spiritual saint Mufti Mohammed (Barun Chanda). He is later poisoned by his pupil Al Mamun (Rajit Kapoor) who wants the hieroglyph deciphered because he, like Alkadi, suspects that it holds the secret to a huge treasure.
The maze-like narrative with the intrigue of a vanishing mummy of Queen Hetepheras from her tomb under one of the three pyramids takes shape through the desert sands of the brown landscape. The extremely versatile Alkadi and his skilled troop, the chameleon-like persona of Al Mamun who kidnaps Shontu, shimmer through the enchanting surface of the Pyramids.
The opening frames, shot in grainy Black-and-White, set in 1951 places the history of the ‘curse.’ After this, the film drags through the usual paces of family and romance that takes much away from the suspense. Srijit’s screenplay carries over the romance to Cairo which dilutes the intrigue enriched by the beautiful chemistry between foe-turned-friends