Four stories. Three writers. One on screen writer/ director. Sandip Ray’s Chaar befits this description with glory and successfully represents four stories on screen clubbed tighter as a singular narrative. Stories have not been picked with a particular motive but are heart warming and define relationships distinctly by expressing different human emotions. The one hour forty five minutes of narrative is broken down into four parts.Chaar 2014
Expression of emotions in each tale is weaved with simplicity and virtue. Music heightens the tempo and gels the narrative quite well. Ray’s selection of actors is equally powerful and perfect. From Paran Bandhopadhyay to Saswata Chatterjee to Sreelekha Mitra, Rajatava, Sudipta and Swaralipi, Piyush to Abir and Koel everyone works their character too well and somehow create such an impact that at one point you would feel Chaar wouldn’t have been possible without them playing their roles.To summarize, simplicity, purity, heart warming are the few words that you will easily encounter after watching Sandip Ray’s Chaar (Four). Satisfaction is just a low tribute for a film like Chaar. Watch Chaar to experience the entertainment of reading stories on screen.When a film has a good storyline and good actors, half of the director’s job is done. But when it has an excellent storyline and a super-talented cast, along with appreciable cinematography and cutting-edge dialogues, we’ve got a winner. On this count, Sandip Ray’s Chaar was a sure-shot winner long before it saw the light of the day. Reason: The director has very astutely chosen four brilliant stories of three great Bengali authors — Parashuram, Satyajit Ray and Saradindu Bandopadhyay, each capable of creating myriad images and emotions through a single sentence — and delivered these through some of the best actors in the Bengali film industry. The result has been more than satisfactory.