Kaushik Ganguly's ability to transform simple short stories into effective cinematic products is his greatest skill. In Baastu Shaap (2015), he manages to contrast the thrill of Feng Shui gone wrong with a romantic plot to make for a very interesting film. With a unique and talented cast of Parambrata Chatterjee, Churni Ganguly, Abir Chatterjee, Raima Sen and Kaushik Ganguly, this is a film that gives a new meaning to 'middle of the road' cinema.
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The stellar cast
With Raima Sen, Parambrata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, and Churni Ganguly, Baastu Shaap has a seriously talented cast that does justice to the complex emotions of the story. If you loved Parambrata Chatterjee's performance in Kahaani (2012), Baastu Shaap will make you wonder why Hindi cinema has failed to make better use of his talent. There is also the elegant, effortless and beautiful Raima Sen and Abir Chatterjee.
There are few directors who manage to combine multiple talents with the ease of Kaushik Ganguly. A national award winner, the writer director dons the twin hats of acting and directing with some skill in Baastu Shaap. Playing the innocent, but wise, Feng Shui expert, he delivers a masterclass in the art of expressing a lot without saying much.
A fascinating subject
While the cast and director might steal the scene, it is the story that really captures your attention. Light hearted, but filled with twists, Baastu Shaap is a film that delivers the most complex philosophy of time and life through a simple parable. Do not be mistaken. That is one of the hardest things to achieve in a narrative.
There is something beautiful about Bengali music. Kaushik Ganguly uses it to great effect in this film. The background score composed by Indraadip Dasgupta is mellow, and efficient in taking the story forward. The one song that does stand out is 'Tomake Chuye Dilam' sung by Arijit Singh.