Phoring – an ‘Innocent’ Flight!
rom time to time, child actors have been quite the attraction for audience! Not only in World Cinema or Hollywood films, child characters have been visiting the silver screen since quite a long period of time! Be it Darsheel Safary as Ishan in “Taare Zameen Par” or Jit Bose as Ruku in “Joy Baba Felunath”, Indian cinema has felt their presence too.
Most significantly, the filmmaker’s choice of writing the screenplay from the child’s point of view and its according treatment marks a certain kind of omnipresence of the character and adds an ambiguity to the plot. Issues which generally have been labeled as adolescent have been uniquely presented as a brim of innocence.
Interestingly enough, Indranil Roy Chowdhury’s debut film “Phoring” is a tale of a young boy and his tryst with his teacher. The story explores adolescence via a route where we can give wings to the childhood fantasies. This boy, a subject of mockery amongst his known ones, is quite possessive about his new teacher, who eventually develops affection for him too. What is notable about the film is the screen writer’s subtle craftiness in maintaining a fine thread between “childhood” and “adult” fantasy, where there is always a chance of stepping upon the “forbidden” territory of vulgarity and visual miseries.
“Phoring”, very aptly avoids all these and successfully restricts to the child’s world. Even the approach to relationships henceforth, remains fairly singular and highlighting simplicity instead of sensuality.
There is always a certain aspect of magic in the way children see the world and as evident, from the trailer and looks of “Phoring”, Indranil Roy Chowdhury in this Bengali indie film quite obviously concedes to that. It’s almost magic realism the other way round!
Bengali Indie films have not been much in vogue and film like “Phoring” sort of raises voice against the “anarchical” rule of the commercial valuing of cinema. Indie films need a platform to survive and this film sort of takes a step forward towards the movement. A true piece of cinema is all about a beautiful journey and what better way than to celebrate life and cinema with the help of a child! To sum up, what we all need to do is be all ears to the arrival of “Phoring” and sharpen our innocence once again by our “mogojastro”!!!