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First look: Kamaleswar Mukherjee's Mukhomukhi promises to experiment with content and form

The film features Jisshu Sengupta, Payel Sarkar, Darshana Banik, Anjan Dutt, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Rajatabha Dutta and Ushasie Chakraborty.

Roushni Sarkar

The first look of Kamaleswar Mukherjee’s upcoming film Mukhomukhi is out. Mukherjee was reportedly done shooting for the film, starring Jisshu Sengupta, Payel Sarkar, Darshana Banik, Anjan Dutt, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Rajatabha Dutta and Ushasie Chakraborty, two years ago, but faced obstacles over releasing the film.

According to Dutta, who plays police officer Abhimanyu in the film, “In Mukhomukhi, there are a lot of experiments in terms of both content and form that we often see in theatres or foreign language films. The film will leave its impact on the minds of the audience for a longer time. Mukhomukhi brings out a lot of questions that we need to ask ourselves.”

Roy Chowdhury plays Dutta’s wife Esha, who is an author as well. The other characters of the film come alive from her novel and hence, the plot progresses.

Sengupta plays a depressed musician Sounak who struggles hard to achieve creative satisfaction in both his profession in an ad agency and while pursuing his passion.  

Sarkar plays his wife Anusuya, who wishes to get financial independence and also criticises her husband, despite being loyal to him.

As Abhimanyu advises his wife to experiment with the characters from her novel, crisis emerges between Sounak and Anusua.  

“I think Mukhomukhi is a very relevant film. It brings out certain questions that we fear to ask ourselves and also fear to answer them as well. The film might be a bit difficult to understand; however, with patience, the audience will be able to get the message clearly,” said Sengupta, who reportedly took time to understand the script in the beginning.

Sarkar too said that the film emphasizes the importance of self-realization, which is also an extremely difficult process. Though all the characters have their own journeys, the film doesn’t follow a linear plot progression; rather the journeys unfold as per Abhimanyu and Esha’s narrative process.

Banik plays the younger Anusuya and Saheb Bhattacharjee the young Sounak. “My character’s name in the film is Anusuya who is trying to crack a good government service after her graduation. She is ambitious, confident, straight forward and loves Sounak (Saheb) madly,” elaborated Banik.

“I am really glad that I am a part of this film. Working with Kamaleswar Mukherjee is amazing - an actor can learn so much I can’t tell you. He taught me how to understand/read a character deeply. When I decided to be an actor, I had a few Bengali directors' names in my mind with whom I would love to do films, and Kamaleswar Da was(is) in the list and God is really kind,” added the actress.

Mukhomukhi is slated to be released on 1 February 2019.