Director: Deb Medhekar
Starring: Danny Denzongpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra, Adil Hussain and Brijendra Kala
Screenplay: Sunil Doshi
Star India and Fox Star Studios BIOSCOPEWALA is an extrapolation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwala. The film is an update on Rabindranath Tagore’ Kabuliwala and what a beautiful update it is. The story starts off with Robi Basu (Adil Hussain) whose relationship with his daughter is brittle and is travelling to Kabul for some work but the flight get’s crashed and he dies and hence Minnie Basu (Geetanjali Thapa) his daughter gets the custody of Rehmat Khan (Danny Denzongpa) a 70 year old man suffering from Alzheimer disease. Minnie resists to take his custody as Rahmat Khan was found guilty of murdering a man and was sentence to jail for many years but soon she comes to know that Rehmat Khan is the Bioscopewala that she was so fond of when she was 5 years old, he was the one who had thought her how to make and tell stories. Minnie starts investigating about Rehmat Khan’s past which makes her meet many Afghan migrants living in Kolkata including Tisca Chopra who tells Minnie about Rehmat Khan’s past, Minnie now comes to know that her Bioscopewala had come to Kolkata as a migrant as he had to leave his own county Afghanistan due to the fundamentalist Talibans who had rundown his cinema theatre in his village in Afghanistan. He meets the 5 year old Minnie who reminded him of his own daughter Rabiya who was also of the same age and hence treated her like his own daughter; he also had put his life in danger during the religious riots in Kolkata and had saved Minnie’s life. Minnie now travels to Afghanistan in search of Rehmat Khan’s daughter as she also comes to know that it was also his father Robi Basu’s wish, will Minnie find where Rehmat Khan’s daughter is?
Technically the film is good, art direction is up to the mark, editing is also nice, the emotional saga wraps up in just 95 minutes and the entire time the film holds your attention.
Performances wise Danny Denzongpa is outstanding, he is a legend and this film just shows why he is, his portrayal as Bioscopewala is just mesmerizing. On the other hand Geetanjali Thapa is also brilliant as Minnie Basu, she looked as natural as one can get in his or her performance. Tisca Chopra and Adil Hussain play their part well. Brijendra Kala is also very good in his role.
Director Deb Medhekar keeps the father and daughter relationship at the core in his story telling. This film is a well crafted little gem that talks about humanity, relationships and love. As a director he has used all his characters brilliantly and never goes out of its theme.