Kolkata: Jisshu Sengupta and Darshana Banik are all set to be seen as a dysfunctional couple in director Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s new film Mukhomukhi. The cast also includes Paayel Sarkar, Gargee Roychowdhury, Rajatava Dutta, Shaheb Bhattacharjee, Anjan Dutt, Ushasie Chakraborty, Padmanabha Dasgupta, and others.
Jisshu plays Sounak in the film, a romantic musician who works with a leading advertising agency. He is a depressed soul, who doesn’t get acknowledgement in his creative pursuits. Sounak is a loyal yet confused husband who loves and hates his wife in the same vein. He is a self-obsessed intellectual who lacks introspection.
Darshana has been cast as Sounak’s wife Anusuya in the film. She is a loving and house-proud wife who yearns for a job and an identity. Anusuya is a devoted and dependent woman who is critical of her husband’s work. She is a selfless and truthful individual who calls intellectualism a pretence.
Sounak and Anusuya get separated because of irreconcilable differences and serious adjustment disorders.
One evening, Manish (Shaheb) and Pritha (Ushasie), common friends of the estranged couple visit a lonely and stubborn Sounak. They try to mend the rift between the couple and get to know about the intricacies between Sounak and Anusuya, their life, and the circumstances they have been thrown into, in this modern world governed by market forces. The evening brings out issues like freedom and regimentation, greed, power equations, economic injustice, gender bias, corruption, and religious fanaticism.
What happens next forms the crux of the film.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the film’s logo launch in the city yesterday, Kamaleshwar said, “Mukhomukhi follows a nonlinear narrative and something which the audience in Bengal has not yet seen. It’s a story in a story concept.”
Speaking to RBN, Jisshu said, “Honestly, when I read the script for the first me, I could not understand much of it. I have watched films from a very young age and nothing so far matched the script of Mukhomukhi. I later had a few one-on-one sessions with Kamaleshwarda, and during the shooting of the film which lasted for close to a year, I realised that the film was trying to bring out the inner conflicts that troubles every human being.”
Music for the film has been composed by Debojyoti Mishra.
Mukhomukhi is slated to release on 1 February.
Pic: Rajib Mukherjee