Most of the movies end when it ends, but there are a few you carry them within while talking, walking, and sleeping. I recently watched the Assamese movie called Kaneen directed by Monjul Baruah. I carried the ache, the pain, the tears within me after watching it. It was released in August 2019 in Guwahati. It is now available Here worldwide for an audience like me.
Kaneen has already bagged several awards and had been screened in several national and international film festivals. It is an adaptation of a novel by acclaimed and award-winning author DrRita Choudhary's Assamese novel Rajib Ishwar. Directed by Monjul Baruah, Kaneen's carefully constructed screenplay, delicately, and sensitively shines through.
The story unfolds in urban Assam, a bureaucrat wife Mandira Baruah's tightly knit life seems perfect from the outside. A happy life with two children and a busy yet affectionate police officer husband. The tsunami comes when she discovers a child in the dustbin, which leads her to a life reawakening, to her buried past, a secret, searching for the truth. The age-old question remains the same, does society ever change? The bonding between a mother and a child is intertwined yet does social stigma overpower motherhood?
Kudus to director Monjul Baruah that the journey from one scene to another scene is so smooth and spontaneous that you almost feel you are present in the moment rather than watching the movie. Manjul Baruah's attention to detail and keen understanding of good cinema hooks the moviegoers into a great cinematic experience. There are numerous heartfelt moments you live through in the film. The metaphorical and emotional contrast is the alluring feature of this movie. Dr. Jahanara Begum as Mandira Baruah's effortless and graceful performance gives another level to the movie and her turmoil, dilemma surely arouses genuine ache in our heart. Renowned actor Baharul Islam as IGP Abhijit Baruah (Mandira Baruah's husband), his audacious and original performance will win your heart over. Partha Hazarika as Rajib is prolific and promising. His agony, his happiness you will inhabit and will be moved by his understanding of the unkind world. Soothing and soulful songs by Torali Sharma are cherry on top for Kaneen.
Veteran Actress Purnima Saikia's performance was a delight to witness, is yet again proof that you don't need it to be in a longer character to shine through a movie. Additionally, all the other cast plays notable work in Kaneen.
A heartfelt and soulful movie that you will be glad to watch. It is visually and emotionally sweeping with great cinematography, quintessential casting, and sheer editing. As an inspiration and mission, Kaneen will remain and remembered as the pioneer of New age Assamese Cinema. Please watch if you get a chance.