Thank God It Is Friday and with it there is so much new content which is releasing that it is going to be a stretch for us yet again. But we are loving it and we will hope to review each and every new content out there. So lets get started. I have always had a fascination for travelling(although I could do without it). There were a few cities which were on my wishlist and I would have been there already if not for the pandemic. One of the cities is the city of joy, Kolkata. There is something about the vibe of the city. It is flavourful, cultural and almost distinct like no other city. Kolkata has been on my wishlist for quite a while now and I hope to visit it soon. So when I came across a film #Homecoming which was set in Kolkata, naturally I was curious. Its trailer seemed like a nostalgic meetup but what fascinated me was how beautifully the vibe of the city seemed to be captured through its music. The film is finally out on SonyLiv and here are my two cents on it.
Story & Screenplay
#Homecoming follows the story of a reunion of a group of friends in the city of Kolkata during the festival of Durga Puja. The story is a delightful one with a touch of nostalgia to it. But the treatment is such that it isn’t sugar coated. It is edgy and almost too close to reality. But more importantly, the flavour of the city is nicely textured here. The screenplay is taut standing at just under 90 minutes which means it wastes literally no time in getting to the point. We get a glimpse of the previous lives of everyone when they all were together during their theatre days. This seemed so personal because at some point in our lives we all our with our friends taking vows together of not leaving each other, up until life hits us. In between the dynamics between a few characters and their equations then and now is nicely explained. Make no mistake this screenplay is a niche, it is conversational so it may or may not appeal to everyone. But the conversations are engaging and self reflective and they would keep you engaged throughout. This is slice of life kind of screenplay which ends exactly on the same note as well. I quite enjoyed this screenplay for its edginess!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are conversational yet quite engaging and they will keep you attentive throughout. The music is absolutely brilliant and captures the vibe of Kolkata so brilliantly. This is one soundtrack which I would want to revisit again! The BGM is pretty good and it gels well with the drama. The cinematography adds to the edginess of the drama. Director Soumyajit Majumdar does a fabulous job here. This could so easily have been another one of those reunion films but he adds his own spark to it. The edginess in the drama coupled with brilliantky capturing the vibe of the city of joy makes his direction unconventional yet top class!
The performances are excellent here by an astounding ensemble. Dipwanta Bhattacharya, Shweta Chaudhari, Sreya Bhattacharya, Priyanka Mondal, Angana Roy and Sayan Roy all shine in their respective roles. Pujarni is first rate as is Madhurima Ghosh. Tuhina Das is excellent and she really adds texture to her role. It was a delight to watch Plabita Borthakur who just impressed me with her words. Tushar Panday is brilliant in a role that requires him to bottle up many emotions. Hussain Dalal is outstanding and I really wish to watch more of him. Soham Majumdar is such a natural onscreen, this was quite a nuanced performance! Sayani Gupta looks stunning and delivers a heartfelt performance in yet another brilliant act.
#Homecoming might be a niche but it is a flavourful love letter to the City Of Joy, Kolkata with a touch of nostalgia and edginess. Available on Sonyliv and Highly Recommended.