The Rise of a Fallen Woman - TAKE ONE
f you want to ask what surrounds director Mainak Bhaumik’s upcoming film Take One, it has a simple answer to it – curiosity.
But, this curiosity that looks like one of the most commercially beneficial aspects in favour of a film is disappointing at the same time, as most of it has been triggered by all the wrong reasons.
Mainak Bhaumik is one of the few film-makers who travel into the fathom of a woman’s psyche and can always uncork newer avenues to explore his subject and effectively bring out a different approach from his arsenal of thoughts. Take One is undoubtedly the boldest move by far from the young director and his team.
Although, every bit of the film has been a tough challenge considering the two-faced society that one needs to face at the end of the day, Take one is a film made out of belief.
An Indian actress Doel Mitra shoots to overnight infamy igniting the wrath of the conservative Indian Bengali society when a bold sex-scene from one of her foreign films gets leaked on the internet. Doel Mitra was busy shooting for Agniparikkha, where she plays the Hindu mythological character Sita, when the public scandal reaches her. The public furor against Doel has been juxtaposed in the film with that of ‘The Ramayana’, where Sita’s moral fiber too was questioned by a hypocritical society. Doel helplessly watched her life crumble before her eyes, as she confined herself in the reclusive shell of her lonely life. Her disgraced public image pushed her into the trauma of seeing her 13 year old daughter been taken away from her, although her sanity and happiness depended on the close bond she shared with her daughter.
On the verge of defeat, a freelance journalist, troubled by the sorrows of his own life, feels a strong empathy for Doel.
The fact that Doel Mitra was not a fallen movie star in his eyes inspired him to do a news story on the ‘real’ Doel Mitra to clear her name – not by defending her moral integrity, but by exposing the hypocrisy of the society, and questioning its regressive view point of women all together.
A lot of though and real life inspiration forms the spine of Take One, where Mainak Bhaumik unmasks a society filled with blisters.
But most importantly, the film is not preachy.
Rather, it silently plays with a visual space and uses the medium to make a promising visual treat for cine-lovers.
Picture by: Dipanjan Ghosh