Utsab (pronounced: Utshob) (The Festival) (2000) is an Indian Bengali drama film directed by Rituparno Ghosh and stars Madhabi Mukherjee, Mamata Shankar, Rituparna Sengupta, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Pradip Mukherjee, Deepankar De and Arpita Pal. The film focuses on the various emotional currents passing among family and relatives underneath the supposedly festive occasion of Durga Puja.
DVD cover of the film.
|Directed by||Rituparno Ghosh|
|Produced by||Tapan Biswas|
|Written by||Rituparno Ghosh|
|Music by||Debajyoti Mishra|
|Edited by||Arghya Kamal Mitra|
|23 March 2000|
This is a family drama which is portrayed on a background of Durgapuja, West Bengal's biggest "Utshob" (Festival). The story is about a cultured Bengali family, different members of which have gathered in native house on the occasion of Durga puja. Bhagbati (Madhabi Mukherjee) has four children; two sons Asit (Pradip Mukherjee), Nishit (Bodhisattva Mazumdar) and two daughters, Parul (Mamata Shankar) and Keya (Rituparna Sengupta). It is the festival time and all the children are at the main house to celebrate the festival. Meanwhile, Shishir, (Deepankar De) a relative who is also a big real estate agent, is interested in buying the house. Most of the family members want to sell the house. The old and traditional house is not a place for everyones interest and they have individual problems to solve with money. None of the sisters are looking forward to the family reunion as they all are more concerned about their own problems.
The director wants to show the Durga-Puja festival bound the family members in a common floor, the traditional and Bengali geographical and cultural details help the script flourish highly; beautifully explained the nostalgic sight also. Keya and Arun's tension, her dark circled eyes, Arun's addiction made the audience depressed. The logic of the elders, the hesitation amongst the younger played with situation well-enough. Furthermore, like any large family, every member of the family has his own personal past, skeletons and demons to confront. Durga-Puja is a nice festival to show-up in Bengal culture. The myth also blended in the storyline properly.