Asha Jaoar Majhe (meaning: The Meeting in-between visits) is an 84 min Bengali movie currently available on Amazon Prime Video. The English name of this movie is Labour of Love. This is a silent film featuring (only) a nameless couple who work in alternate shifts and how their normal mundane day pans out. While the movie has garnered national and international awards, it is not everyone’s cup of tea in terms of visual appeal. Ritwick Chakraborty is my favourite Bengali actor and it is his presence that pulled me to watch this flick. But it’s not the performances, the music, the drama, that captures you; it is the settings, the dilapidated small house, the bylanes of Kolkata, the silence, the emotion and the big message that entangles you in this arty flick.
Two days since I saw the movie, the lasting impression with me was a scene where the man (Ritwick) keeps staring out of the window long, watching his wife leave for office, walking through the tiny roads. His life loses energy, verve, intent and purpose after that. Director Aditya Vikram Sengupta in his movie has made a statement of our times where in order to make ends meet, couples are labouring day in and out, often lacking each other’s company and getting pulled towards a silo-silent world of their own. Couples who work in alternate shifts or stay in separate cities can best identity with this movie. For the rest, it’s a message about how lonely life can be and how important it is to spend every available minute with your partner, before things change. The choice is yours. Adjust, love, talk and spend every minute possible with your partner today, or you could be left with staring at the ceiling for long hours, roaming the markets uselessly alone or rubbing your fingers over two used pieces of soaps, stuck to each other.
My Rating: 4/5
IMDB Viewers Rating: 8/10
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