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The title should translate as Teen Kanya/Three Daughters, since the film originally comprised a trio of Tagore stories, all touching on the problems of emancipation through women of contrasting classes. In the export version, one episode was cut for reasons of length: a ghost story about a woman obsessed by her jewellery, this is comparatively weak (though extremely striking visually). But the other two are Ray at his best, particularly the tale of a young university graduate who rejects the bride his mother has selected for him, but offers to marry the village tomboy (who has caught his eye but piqued his pride by her mockery of his pretensions). A marriage is duly arranged, despite the tomboy’s furious protests, and what follows is a variation on The Taming of the Shrew, wonderfully funny and tender, and played to perfection by Soumitra Chatterjee and Aparna Das Gupta. But a bitterly ironic undertone lingers despite the happy end (love prevails): too emancipated to agree to a marriage with a girl he does not love, the hero never for a moment realises that he is denying the same privilege to the girl of his choice.
The “third daughter” in this excellent, intended trilogy by acclaimed Indian director Satyajit Ray got axed in the final cut when Ray decided to keep his film at its current 116 minutes. The first story in the set, both based on tales by Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore is titled “The Postmaster” and relates how Ratan (Chandana Bannerjee) an orphan, is befriended by a Calcutta poet, Nandalal (Anil Chatterjee), when he comes to Ratan’s remote village to take over the postmaster’s job and hires her as a servant girl. His kindness extends to teaching her to read and write and she, in turn, is devoted to him. Faced with the difficulties of living in abject poverty, the postmaster has to choose between staying with Ratan or returning to the city. In the second story, “Samapti” or alternately, “The Conclusion,” a student returns home from law school to discover that his overbearing mother has arranged a marriage for him with a local woman from a respectable family. Rebelling against this traditi
onal custom, the young man decides to marry the tomboy he loves, with interesting results. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Story: After Charulata 2011, filmmaker Agnidev Chatterjee is back with 3 Kanya, a psychological thriller that revolves around three women from different backgrounds, fighting their own demons. The plot focuses on their lives as they keep bumping into each other from time to time.
Movie Review: Now before you jump to conclusions, I must tell you that though Agnidev Chatterjee’s latest film bears the same title, it has nothing to do with Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya which was based on short stories by Rabindranath Tagore. Agnidev’s 3 Kanya is a thriller which sees Rituparna Sengupta playing a TV anchor, Ananya Chatterjee as a prostitute along with debutante Unnati Davara, who plays a strict cop.
Teen Kanya It comes as a surprise to see Aparna (Rituparna Sengupta), a strong woman by the day who knows her job well, transform into a weakling by night. She suspects that her husband Rajatabha (Sudip Mukherjee) has an extra-marital affair with IPS Officer Damini Mishra (character played by Unnati Davara). Aparna wonders whether her husband has got bored of her and if Damini is more beautiful. On Aparna’s birthday the two fight again, literally, and an angry Rajatabha leaves home. Next we know, Rajatabha is missing… When Aparna realises her husband has been kidnapped, she goes on to meet Damini and then we see Aparna not only fantasizing about her hubby, but Damini too.
Teen Kanya The film has a parallel track running with Nancy Sen (Ananya Chatterjee) being raped by a minister’s son and his two friends after they spike her drink at a discotheque. Nancy doesn’t give up hope and fights for justice. When cops refuse to lodge a FIR she meets Aparna who helps her cause by highlighting the incident on her channel.
Teen Kanya – Ananya’s character is perhaps the only strong point in the film. She justifies her role to the tee with her expressions, body language and her no make-up look. Her equation with her daughter is touching. Newcomer Unnati could manage mostly because she gets the opportunity to burst into Hindi as and when she felt like. Sudip Mukherjee as Aparna’s husband looks believable while Rajatabha Dutta as a shrewd businessman, Subhash, with his accented dialogue delivery and mannerisms, fits the bill.
Teen Kanya Unfortunately, it is again the character artistes like Shankar Chakraborty, Biswajit Chakrabarty and Subhasish Mukherjee who are more convincing on screen than the lead characters put together. Though the director has tried his best to justify Rituparna’s hysterical behavior after the interval, she is simply over the top. For an actress of her calibre, who has otherwise given brilliant performances in films like Utsab, Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh or a Paromitar Ek Din, one expects better than this
Teen Kanya The first half of the film stretches like a chewing gum as we keep gasping for breath… sorry, break! The seconds half too is incoherent and abrupt. As a thriller, 3 Kanya doesn’t turn out to be as gripping as one would expect it to be. The diagolues are ridiculously awful. The script has many loose ends and the story goes haywire as new characters keep popping up and disappearing in unnecessary song sequences. No doubt the film is a take on the Park Street rape case (here, Lansdown Kando), that had created quite a stir in the city’s political circuit. In bits and pieces, we also find resemblance to Karthik Calling Karthik and Sidney Sheldon’s novel, Tell Me Your Dreams. Need I say more?
Teen Kanya It is high time director Agnidev realizes that bringing in a few raunchy lovemaking scenes, making his characters talk sex and adding a lesbian angle, won’t help salvage the film. Not always!
Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Ananya Chatterjee, Unnati Dhavara, Biplab Chatterjee, Rajatava Dutta, Sudip Mukherjee, Shankar Chakraborty, Subhasish Mukherjee and Biswajit Chakrabarty