Ram Kamal’s ‘Seasons Greetings:’ A glorious tribute to great filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh
Film: Season’s Greetings
Director: Ram Kamal Mukherjee
Cast: Lillette Dubey, Celina Jaitly Haag, Azhar Khan and Shree Ghatak
Streaming on: Zee5
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Any ‘tribute’ on celluloid is a dicey business. It depends entirely on the directors point of view about what kind of ‘tribute’ his film will be to remember and celebrate an internationally renowned filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. Sometimes, a tribute is limited to using just one line before the graphic titles begin to appear on screen. Then, there may be a quote from the said filmmaker who is being given a tribute to, maybe using a famous line he may have said somewhere about cinema, about life, about his personal choices, anything. The fourth and the final tribute is when a filmmaker uses his entire film, including the title, to pay a tribute to his favourite filmmaker.
Ram Kamal Mukherjee, the journalist-turned-award-winning filmmaker and author in his second short film – A Tribute To Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings with Nation Next as the online media partner – after Cakewalk takes on a part of the directors first name Rituparno as Ritu? stands for seasons in Bengali. But the film is not in Bengali. The dialogues in the film are a mixture of Hindi and English and very little Bangla though the songs beautifully sung and placed within the cinematic space of the film ? are in Bangla.
The narrative is focused on a meeting between a mother (Lillette Dubey) with her daughter Romita (Celina Jaitly Haag) after a long interval. The daughter is plagued by questions around why their parents separated but never divorced. She seems to have cultivated a bias against her mother and for her father who lives in another city and keeps in touch with his daughter only through telephone calls. The mother invites her daughter Romita along with her live-in boyfriend Usman (Azhar Khan) to a formal Bengali lunch. Though Suchitra, the mother, tries to keep up a cheerful atmosphere, Romita rakes up her anger and attacks her mother verbally with accusations her mother firmly refutes. There is a twist in the tale, which Ram Kamal keeps as subtle and as clouded as he could, within the circumstances he has trapped himself in.
The direct references to Rituparno Ghosh and his films: The reference to the daughter hating the perfume her mother used when she was a child is also a throwback from a similar slice of nostalgia from Unishe April. The subtle reference to the transgender identity through the character of Chapala is also from a Ghosh film Aarekti Premer Galpo. Romitas absent fathers name is Ritu and the name of the house in which Suchitra lives is called Utsab” the title of a Ghosh film.
The uniqueness of Ram Kamals direction comes across when Chapala is a child and dances with bells on his feet and also when she is an adult. But the director does not take this character forward and leaves it with feather light strokes that if probed deeper, could have impacted on the texture of the film and changed its direction towards a more powerful narrative.
The three main characters, Suchitra, Romita and Usman are fleshed out to fit into an elite, very rich and post-modern, posh background realised through the sophisticated apartment, in which the young lovers live, talk, argue and make love and Suchitras heritage home with priceless antiques dotting the scenario as she sings and dances gracefully to a Tagore number while waiting for the guests to arrive.
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Since this has been made exclusively for the streaming film audience, the film will be liked for the intimate scenes in the opening frames between Romita and Usman but making the very sober, rational and secular Usman a sexy stud. His characterisation points out that there are no rules that state that a sober, secular young man cannot also be a sexy stud!
Lilette Dubey and Celina Jaitly justify their respective roles more through their fragile, elegant and beautiful looks than through their performances because when the mother and daughter are together, they are too self-conscious and slightly ‘formal’. Maybe, this was precisely the directors intention and defines his directorial signature. Azhar Khan as debutante throws up a good performance as the nice man caught between a mother and her daughter that demands him to look awkward, embarrassed and confused and he does this very well. Transgender actor Shree Ghatak as Chapala puts in a very good cameo performance.
Ram Kamal’s Seasons Greetings is a glorious tribute to a great filmmaker!
Shoma A Chatterji is a national award winning writer and has written 26 books including a book on Rituparno Ghosh.
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Nagpur doctor invited as key speaker at Joint American Homeopathic Conference 2023 in US
Homeopath from Nagpur Dr Kavita Chandak, who has two Golden Book Of World Records for treating kidney disorders and success in a case of Mucor mycosis in her name, has been invited as a keynote speaker at the Joint American Homeopathic Conference 2023 based on the theme, Homeopathy in 21st century at San Antonio in United States.
In society, we get to see many cases where child born with mental or physical defects such as congenital heart defects, mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, Cleft palate, ADHD, Autism etc. though born from healthy parents. What could be the reason behind it?
Could homeopathy offer something for it? Dr. Chandak will deliver a 90 minutes session on March 26 on ‘Advancing a Healthier Generation with Homeopathy: Preventative measures for healthy birth and treatment approaches for unimpaired growth.’
She will throw light on the pre-birth causes in mother disturbing the birth of healthy baby creating mental and physical defects as well the preventive measures for initiating the creation of strong generation with Homeopathy.
Dr Chandak is an international trainer and speaker who has specialised in autism, psychiatric and behavioural disorders, kidney diseases and cancer. She has authored eight books and 294 health articles. She will be a keynote speaker in upcoming international congresses of Russia, Romania, Greece and the World Congress of Homeopathy, Colombia.
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CAMIT Chief Dipen Agrawal nominated as member in CGSTGRC Nagpur zone
Dr Dipen Agrawal, President – Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry & Trade (CAMIT) has been nominated as member in Central Goods & Service Tax Grievance Redressal Committee (CGST GRC) Nagpur Zone.
At the outset Dr Dipen Agrawal while thanking Ramchandra Sankhla Chief Commissioner CGST, Vijay Rishi Commissioner Nagpur – 1 and Shri Abhay Kumar Commissioner Nagpur – 2 for giving representation to CAMIT in the recently reconstituted GRC for Nagpur Zone, said, the GRC has enabled revenue officers to have first-hand feedback on various policy initiatives undertaken by government. It also helped in ironing out the difficulties faced by trade in implementing provisions of GST, and to make GST a Grievance-free System of Taxation.
Dr Dipen Agrawal has appealed to fellow traders to forward/share their issues on [email protected] so as to get them addressed in the GRC Meetings. Active and quality participation of trade and professional associations in the committee will achieve the goals of resolving all grievances and issues faced by the tax collectors i.e. traders.
GRC is a platform to voice their grievances including procedural difficulties and IT related issues pertaining to GST and redressal at local level added Dr Agrawal.
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NMC spends ₹20 crore on lighting trees for C20 in Nagpur
Ahead of the C20 meet, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has spent a staggering ₹20 crore on the lighting of trees on both sides of the roads of airport road, Wardha Road, Walker’s Street, airport road to RBI Square to name a few.
Also, over one lakh nails were hammered on 3000 trees for the installation of lights leaving several activists and residents irked. The C20 meet is scheduled for March 20 and 21 where hundreds of participants from 20 countries would be arriving in the city for a summit.
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