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Adda (2019 film)

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Adda
Directed byDevayush Chowdhary
Produced byMaxim Pictures, Reeldrama Productions
Written byDevayush Chowdhary
Screenplay byDevayush Chowdhary
Starring
  • Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Sabyasachi Chakraborty
  • Saayoni Ghosh
  • Indrasish Roy
  • Saurav Das
  • Prantik Banerjee
Music byJoydeep Banerji, Suvam Moitra
CinematographyRoopesh Shaji.[1]
Edited bySaikat Sekhareshwar Ray[2]
Running time
110 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageBengali

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Adda[3] (Gossip) is the first feature film by filmmaker Devayush Chowdhary[4]. It has been produced by Maxim Pictures and Reeldrama Productions and released in India on the 13th of September 2019.[5]

Plot[edit]

Adda is a modern-day fable of four interconnected tales of love, friendship, karma, and catharsis. The film is about two naughty angels, Black and White, who come down to earth and spy in on the lives of four jobless friends, an aging freedom fighter, a struggling actress, and a self-righteous journalist in order to decide humanity's fate and in the process become witnesses to our bumbling attempts at happiness.

Cast[edit]

  • Soumitra Chatterjee as Dhritimaan Panja, an aging college professor.
  • Sabyasachi Chakraborty as White, the angel of light.
  • Dipangshu Acharya as Black, the angel of darkness.
  • Saayoni Ghosh as Tanya, a struggling actress.
  • Indrasish Roy as Rudro, a successful banker.
  • Saurav Das as Satyajit, an NRI filmmaker.
  • Ritwika Pal[6]
  • Deboprosad Haldar[7]
  • Prantik Banerjee[8]
  • Jit Das
  • Swarnab Banerjee
  • Anamika Chakraborty
  • Dipanwita Nath
  • Sanghasree Sinha
  • Nilankur Mukkhopadhyay

Reception[edit]

Adda opened to generally positive reviews [9][10] but a tepid response at the box office[11] owing to a lack of big commercial stars and huge publicity. However, the film soon caught on through word of mouth. Renowned film critic Shoma A Chatterji of The Statesman (India) called the film "An accomplished debut".[12]

The film drew both appreciation and criticism for it's stylistic approach which included shaky camera movements, long monologues, and incomplete narrative threads which are all uncommon in Bengali Cinema.[13] The Times of India said it was "not a bad film" and gave it 2.5 stars[14]

Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabyasachi Chakraborty in Adda.

Trivia[edit]

The film was originally conceived as a found footage film while the director was still a student at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The director Devayush Chowdhary [15] originally conceived the film in 2011 and it took him seven years to write the screenplay. In an interview, he mentioned that because the titular characters Black and White speak in a rhyming tongue of their own, writing rhymes in Bengali was the toughest part for him. By his own admission, the film is inspired by several Hollywood and Bollywood indie films, key amongst them Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes and Kiran Rao's Dhobi Ghat.

Legendary actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabyasachi Chakraborty who are both famous for playing Satyajit Ray's famous sleuth Feluda make a rare joint appearance in this film.

The famous Rabindrasangeet by Rabindranath Tagore Ami chini go chini tomare was reimagined as a modern day rock ballad for the climax of the film which caused some controversy in the filmmaker's home city of Kolkata.

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