Thursday, January 23, 2014

Movie Review: Chorabali

Chorabali, director Redoan Rony's debut feature film, is an action/suspense thriller starring Indraneil Sengupta as 'Sumon, a ruthless assassin in the employ of a local Don. The Financial Express dismissed the film as "old wine in a new bottle," noting that the plot does not venture far from the stereotypical Dhallywood film. To a certain extent they're right, but coming from a country whose film industry is preparing to release Fast and Furious 7, I can hardly judge Rony's decision to launch his feature filmography by sticking to what works. While Chorabali may follow a familiar script, though, it makes a clear departure from the norm in cinematic quality. The acting and camera work are fairly excellent throughout, and the main characters are familiar, but at the same time more complex than the two-dimensional villains and heroes action movies often rely on. Chorabali isn't a cultural artifact like Matir Moina, or an arthouse film like Third Person Singular Number. But it's not supposed to be. It's an action movie. A crime thriller. And it's a pretty damn good one.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Rickshaw Miking

 Rickshaw miking is one of the many charming practices that take place almost daily across Bangladesh. In order to convey local announcements, someone will rent a PA, complete with massive horn speakers and attach it to a rickshaw. They will have the rickshaw wala pedal them around the village while they repeat their announcement over the loudspeakers.