Director: Syed Ahmed Shawki
Author: Neamoth Ullah Masum, Syed Ahmed Shawki
Actor: Chanchal Chowdhury, Manoj Pramanik, Shohel Mondol, Sanjida Preeti, Partha Barua
Streaming on: Hoichoi
No matter little we’ve seen of up to date cinema from Bangladesh — one of the best of the lot, specifically these by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki — there’s one thing to be mentioned about them having a definite flavour, and the way completely different they really feel from movies made in West Bengal. The language is similar, however the dialects completely different; the physiognomy shouldn’t be too completely different both; neither is the panorama, outlined by its rivers. And but the movies appear to be knowledgeable by their very own socio-political actuality and the peculiar rhythms of the spoken phrase, coupled with an urge to own a language of its personal that’s decidedly completely different from Calcutta arthouse or Bollywood, the 2 massive influences shut dwelling.
The online sequence Taqdeer ticks all these packing containers, though it has a narrative that could possibly be set anyplace: Taqdeer (pronounced ‘Toq-deer’), the motive force of a freezer van that’s used for the aim of transporting the our bodies of the departed to their remaining vacation spot, will get embroiled in a homicide thriller; the physique of an unknown girl winds up in the back of his van — a physique that’s later discovered to be that of a famend journalist who was on the point of uncovering a damning story in regards to the rape of a girl by males related to a politician.
Over eight episodes, every about 20 minutes lengthy, Taqdeer should get out of this mess — the which means of his title bearing closely on the occasions of his life: from being raised by a mom who needed to promote her physique to ship him to a Madrasa, to, a couple of years in the past, being falsely convicted of smuggling organs from useless our bodies.
Chanchal Chowdhury (who was the lead in Farooki’s Tv) performs him with the ambivalence of a noir hero, who should additionally make sure that the reality the journalist was attempting to uncover is out. It’s an pressing, busy efficiency, stuffed with rash speak and small actions, seemingly extra to do with the state of affairs at hand however alluding to unknown depths; he permits the digital camera to seize his high-strung nervousness ridden face in close-ups. The character attains an existential dimension that’s rooted in his vocation: the macabre enterprise of physique and soul.
Created by Syed Ahmed Shawki, Taqdeer takes a few episodes to settle in, earlier than it attracts you in with the loopiness of the plot. You are feeling as trapped as Taqdeer, and his loyal companion Montu (Shohel Mondol). Different characters, like Rana (Monoj Kumar Pramanik), the photographer accompanied the journalist on the task, be a part of them. Ought to we belief Rana’s model of occasions, who’s little bit of a weakling and will nicely be an unreliable narrator? All of the actors pull in compelling performances, together with those that play the journalist, Afsana (Sanjida Preeti), and her husband, with a scene-stealing Partha Barua as a seriocomic hitman. This can be a well-made, well-performed crime thriller sequence that takes its time to unfold however doesn’t overstay its welcome.
There’s some spectacular filmmaking on show, whether or not it’s using genuine areas just like the nation’s inland water transport system, or an sudden contact of magnificence: the sudden burst of a discipline of barley in twilight; or the seamless slicing to the backstories of Taqdeer and Montu; the minimalistic background rating (with a haunting central theme; by Ruslan Rehman). There’s a very riveting episode involving a ‘dom’ who’s been known as to chop a useless physique and who should get drunk on nation liquor earlier than he conducts the ‘surgical procedure’. That scene, in an online sequence made in Kolkata, may need been performed for reasonable laughs, or for sensationalistic impact; in Taqdeer it’s simply chilling and interesting to look at.