CHOWRASTA is an interesting flick. It's like a well-written novel you read on a lazy afternoon, one you do not wish to put down until you reach the last page. The build-up of the assortment of characters is subtle and their story interestingly narrated. Victor Bannerjee, the protagonist, if you may call him so, begins the narration, which then moves into sizing up every character.
There's a couple who have eloped who are on their honeymoon in Darjeeling; there's a wife, long divorced, a struggling Bollywood actress, who surfaces from Mumbai to meet her ex-husband; there's a guy fleeing from himself, caught unwittingly with unscrupulous characters and of course, there's Victor Banerjee who is lamenting the loss of his wife.
Every tale connects with you. Take for instance the story of Sunny and his Bengali girlfriend who have eloped because her father will not agree to a Punjabi son-in-law. Their fresh romance, in-your-face exhibition of love, painful tiffs and then making-up is something any one will connect to. Both the actors who play the part are rock solid. Then there's Atul Kulkarni who is afraid of where he is headed. You could say Atul has come of age with the portrayal of Kenny, the rough dude with a heart of gold. A very complex character, indeed.
Rupa Ganguly as the failed Bollywood actress who surfaces in Darjeeling after 12 years with her kid is a delight. Her constant bickering with her 'typical Bengali' ex-husband makes for interesting viewing. So also, her exploits with her many male friends, one of whom she brings along to Darjeeling.
Then there's Victor Banerjee himself and his struggle with self, wanting to go to where his wife is.
Go for it. You won't be disappointed.
Rating – 2.5/5