Produced by Susant Misra
Written, Cinematographed, Edited and Directed by Amartya Bhattacharyya
Music by Kisaloy Roy
After a series of wonderfully crafted and narrated short films, director Amartya Bhattacharya has come up with an Odia feature film in form of Capital I. Sadly, it turns out to be a self indulgent film made by a director with immense potential. The film is full of symbolism, most of the time unnecessary, if not irrelevant. Amartya has excelled as the cinematographer in the film as his camera angles are brilliant and music too is impressive but the film falls flat at various places especially in the acting department.
The characters are well defined with convoluted aspirations and apprehensions and the poetry used in the film is not just beautifully composed but helps in the narrative. The kind of brainstorming that has gone into making the movie is clear and the painstaking effort is also visible. The film does a great job in highlighting the rich folk music of Odisha.
Though many comments are well argumented, showing indepth research, the bland soliolquy and insipid dialogues proved a dampener. The film in its attempt of being serious turns out to be heavy for consumption.
The story line goes like this - a young girl Piyali, pursuing MSc Psychology joins her old Physics professor to research about a mysterious figure called Capital I, who in the process, eventually starts transforming them psychologically. The girl, who wasn’t satisfied with her submissive boyfriend, gets into a state of deep trance and starts hallucinating. She conjures up a fictious lesbian partner. The professor, also into a trance, couldn’t break away, and the film suggestively ventures into the inevitable.
Working with a bunch of non-actors, Amartya has failed to portray perfect characters. The producer and noted director Susant Mishra, who marks his acting debut with the film proves that there is a lot of difference between being in front of the camera and behind it. Interestingly, two side actors Alex and Ashutosh appeared to be better.
Apart from wonderful cinematography and brilliant background score by Kisaloy Roy, Capital I offers a psychodrama that leaves you confused in an unexciting manner.
However, as an independent feature film in Odia, Capital I is a much better film than any commercial Odia flick. If the director could come up with this, with non-actors, limited resources and shoe string budget, one can only imagine the wonder the filmmaker can do when he has the best of it all. Though the content is uncovincing, the intent of making a film like Capital I is incredible.