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Movie review of Dhananjoy – was he a victim of media trial?
'Dhananjoy', the most anticipated film of the year finally released on the silver screen with a disclaimer that the film has no intentions of disrespecting any community, city or state.

Basically, the movie is a 152 minute court-room drama. The film faced a roller-coaster ride in the last few days as the Central Board of Film Certification's Kolkata branch sent it to its Mumbai headquarter for final approval. Dhananjoy was finally passed by the Board just a day before its release.

'Dhananjoy' is a docu-feature and going by its making and technicalities, it is a masterstroke by Arindam Sil. The two main pillars of the film are Sujoy Datta Roy's editing and background music by Bikram Ghosh. Arindam Sil, who has made six films earlier, has once again proved that he is one of the most dependable directors of his time.

The casting of the movie is next to the best and most importantly everyone looks irreplaceable on-screen. Anirban Bhattacharya as Dhananjoy is superb albeit he has not been given ample scope to act. But still, he comes out with a performance of a lifetime. Especially, his attire and the proper accent of a Bankura denizen steal the show.

Arjaa Banerjee, who plays the character of Dhananjoy's wife also justifies her role and forces you to forget that it is her first feature film. Sudiptaa Chakraborty, who plays Survi Parekh, the mother of the victim, is just superb. From her makeup to expressions, she looks just splendid. Paran Bandyopadhyay has also portrayed a small character of Dhananjoy's father very realistically. The film mainly revolves around two characters played by Mimi Chakraborty and Koushik Sen. While Mimi definitely deserves appreciation for her portrayal, after a long time Koushik Sen has dominated the screen with his power play.

Now coming to the other aspect of the film that should be highlighted! The film intentionally raises some questions for the society. Further research has pointed out that Dhananjoy was hanged just on the basis of circumstantial evidence. Director Arindam Sil has used Franz Kafka's "Trial" and Albert Camus' "Outsider" as instances for establishing the second perspective without reclining on the conspiracy theory. The film also very lightly accuses the erstwhile Chief Minister of West Bengal and his wife for their role in the hanging of Dhananjoy Chatterjee.

The film also compels one to think whether Dhananjoy could have been given the benefit of doubt. Director should be applauded for his honesty in saying that the media played a major role in labelling Dhananjoy as an accused even before the court had passed its judgement, something which is unethical. Actually, the media at that time displayed the height of yellow journalism and Arindam Sil says this without any inhibitions.

In conclusion, 'Dhananjoy' is a must watch not only because it is controversial but also for the reason that it may revive the humanitarian side of a clueless society.

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