After Uronchondi last week, yet another all-woman cast film Crisscross released today. The teaser and the trailer of the film met with positive response following their release for its novel treatment and different approach. This, indeed, is a great time for the Bengali film industry. Stories of women are the new flavour of the season. The film has been directed by Birsa Dasgupta and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. Pritam’s JAM8 has composed its music.
1. A major USP of the film is its women-led stellar cast. Meher, played by Nusrat Jahan, is an aspiring actress trying to carve a name for herself. She is in charge of financially taking care of her family. Mimi Chakraborty’s Ira is a workaholic journalist who is torn between prioritizing her career and love life. Sohini Sarkar essays Rupa, a victim of domestic violence who is fettered in an unhappy marriage. She is ill-treated by her impotent husband and is harassed by her licentious brother-in-law. Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan portrays Miss Sen, who is a headstrong, arrogant and rebellious businesswoman. Priyanka Sarkar’s Suzy is a single mother who has to fight the odds of the society to raise her son. Don’t miss the chance of the coming together of some strong performances in one film!
2. Crisscross celebrates womanhood in its truest sense. It deals with the themes of personal crises, dilemmas and hope. The trailer gives us a peek into the lives of five different women from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and walks of life. Eventually, their lives cross paths owing to a common thread that connects their stories – their desire to be happy. The film looks fresh in its treatment. It takes a closer-to-home, rather than a preachy and didactic approach. Neither does it portray women as damsels in distress nor does it show them at an elevated pedestal. What does the trick is that it depicts women in their most human form – strong despite being flawed and vulnerable. Not every day do we get to see stories of ordinary and vulnerable women who remind us of ourselves!
3. Crisscross is helmed by filmmaker Birsa Dasgupta. This is his ninth directorial, following eight films of diverse genres. He is known for his horror film Shob Bhooturey, slice-of-life flick 033, romance drama Shudhu Tomari Jonyo, sex comedy Obhishopto Nighty and action thriller Gangster among others. He has showcased his versatility with his unusual oeuvre and has proved himself every time with aplomb. We definitely do look forward to Crisscross, his first women-oriented drama. To top that, the film has been penned by Mainak Bhaumik, who is popular for writing female-centric stories such as Aamra and Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends. We cannot wait to watch the coming together of two of the most prolific names in contemporary Bengali cinema.
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