Ishti Kutum Episode 22-Apr-2013 A review


Note: This post is about the Bengali TV serial Ishti Kutum. If you are not a follower of the show, please follow the posts on category archives for context.

Post the Star Jalsha Parivaar Awards show the Ishti Kutum storyline is going a downward spiral. The story doesn’t progress, important characters are losing their basic characteristics, the story is shifting from its central plot and seems to be lost in the now irrelevant non-existent Archi-Mun-Baha Bermuda triangle. At times the episodes are just so boring that I have actually turned off the TV and left the room.

One should hardly spend valuable time in talking about such boring episodes, but still today’s episode was important from one perspective. It came a full circle for the Mun and Majumdars. We were sick and tired of Mun’s frantic wailing about she  being robbed of every happiness in the world by Baha and today all her happiness vis a vis her father, bunglow and car has been restored to her. In addition, she has a new man in her kitty to feel complete. The Majumdars are happy their daughter is back home from her sentimental escape zone, the working women hostel. Dhrubo Sen, the man Majumdars are indebted to did the works, he convinced Mun to return home and today’s episode was about this joy.

But is it really the end of all, are we supposed to take it for-granted that everything suddenly is restored to the the Majumdars, they are now all happy and contended and are off Archi and Baha’s back? I don’t think so, and even if that is so, I demand for some kind if justice, retribution for all the mental and physical torture done by the Majumdars on Baha. How can it be so easy for the rich and influential city people to do several atrocities on a young poor tribal girl and get away with it?

(I am writing this in Bengali using roman letters for the time being, later I’d translate and put up the English version.)

Ajker amader desher ekti sundor hashi khushi paribar er chitrankan kara holo. ek adorer mishti meye, shikkhita, swadhin cheta, college er adhyapika, tar sanam dhonno baba, shikkhita adhunika mishto bhashi alpo hasi maa, darun snehomoy thakuma, o pishi. Tader barite aj prothom meye r bhalo bandhu (future boyfriend) berato aslo ek jhuri anondo niye, abhimani meye ke se bujhiye sujhiye bari firiye eneche. Sabai khushi, anondo asrute sabar chokh chal chal. Cheletike thakuma ek bakkye nati patalo, pishi gal bhara hasi diye apon kore nilo baba anonde chutlo icecream ante.

Parer drishyo at the dinner table ta amader ar dekha holo na, tabu anuman korte pari – baro dining table e anek khabar dabar er ayojon, sabaia khaoa daoa korche, cheleti ranna r prosongsha korche, take aro ektu sadha sadhi kara holo, khete khete se nana rakam galpo jurlo, galpo cholche, rasik manush ebong meye ti r pechone lagte bhalo bashen, tai mishti meyeti majhe majhe matha nichu kore lajjaboti lata hoye jaache, ar bakira sajore heshe uthche.

[Camera zooms out and moves upward, a top view of the room and its people is taken present voices of the room fades out. The camera then turns into a special kind of X-ray machine. This x-ray machine can read people's mind, projects their past and exposes a different face, the REAL face.]

Dekha gelo lajjaboti oti madhur ei meyeti gato kaek dine nijer half sister er sathe 3 bar clear & present mental torture and indicative physical torture koreche. Tar kichudin age se pashe boshe thaka tar baba ke thappor er jabab thappor diye dite pare claim koreche, thamma o pishi r sathe mukh benkiye bango bidrup koreche. Taro kichu din age se archi name ekti chele, je bahu kal tar boyfriend chilo kintu idaning tar half sister er swami seta jana satteo, archi r kache preme r lobhe bhikhiri r moto chute geche ar tar kache sei somoy uposthit tar stree ke ghar theke dur hoye jabar hukum diyeche. Sei hukum baccha meyeti namro bhashaye nichu galaye nichu chokhe amanyo karaye take akathyo apoman koreche, ar archi badha deoaye archi keo apoman koreche. Aro dekha gelo je nijer swartho siddhi r jonno ei meyeti nijer maa ke dabar guti baniye kheleche, jeta nije korte parbe na face loss er bhoy, seta chal chaturi kore nijer maa ke diye koriye abar nije bhalo seje boshe ache.

Dekha gelo sanam dhonno ei baba ti bahu kal age ek naari r chobi ankbe bole take prem jaale fasiye tar nirjatan kare, ebong tarpar take o tar santan ke asweekar kore sahore eshe sei naari r chobi bikri kore barolok hoyeche. Dekha gelo je nijer ei oti medhabi bhadrotar mapkathi meyetike khushi karar jonno ei lokta aj 20 bachor pare natun kore gramer sei kishori meyetike asweekar koreche.

Dekha gelo je ei paribar er sabai ei barir arekti meye, sei gramer kishori ti je choto bela thekei nipirito, jar du bela bhar pet bhat tuku o joteni, tar besh khanikta rakto sushe, bohiye (literally) tar astitto ke asweekar koreche. ‘baha bole keu nei’ ei prokar ‘ostrich effect’ e sabai Baha namak ek charom sotto theke mukh lukiye paliye beracche. ‘Literally’ bollam, karon sei kishori ti ei barolok er meyeti ke ek din 2 bottles blood diye prane banchiyeche, ar tar kadin parei ei barir adhunika shikkhika maa ti ekta heavy object chure baccha meye ti r matha fatiye take raktakto kore bari theke ber kore diyeche.

Dekha gelo jei hate ei mamatamoyee adhunika naari tar habu jamai ke aro ektu beshi kore palau kalia korma egiye dilen, sei hate ajo jeno sei gramer niriho kishori ti r rakto lege ache, mone holo jeno sei rakto ek drop ek drop kore porlo sabar pate, sabai paan korlo tar rakto. Dekha gelo jei hate tinni ekhoni cheleti r plate e rasogolla ta dilen, sei hate diner par din ei mohila sei kishori ti r opor physical torture koreche (latest being till just 2 days ago) Mone holo ei manush chance pele besh dibbi sakal e khun kore, dupure bhaat kheye ghum debe, ebong ei samajer keu kichu janbe na, janleo kichu bolbe na.

Dekha gelo ei buri thakuma, matro ek bachor age aro ek jon ke natni patiye chilo, take mulyoban sona diye tar proti sneho prakash korechilo, ei bhadro samajer lokera ei prokar sona dana moni manikya diyei abeg anurag prakash kare, materialistic eder life e materials chara ar kichu khub ekta deoar nei. ar matro 2 din age, kono ghatona na jene na bujhe asol manush er sathe kono katha na bole, sei natni ti r kaach theke sona r upohaar ta ferot pabar jed korlo. Material diyechilo, material ferot cheye nilo, eder jiban er sar marmo holo dhan sampatti sona goyana. Amader mone holo ei soddo patano naati ti ke jodi abar kaal ke pachondo na hoy, tar peter bhetor theke ranna kara khabar gulo abar ferot na cheye bashe. Buro boyeshe anek rog to dhare.

Dekha gelo ei pishi ek murkho apodartho parogacha, se widow, se compensatory ground e kono chakri bujhi payeni, tahole dhore ni se uneducated unqualified to get a job, tai sara jiban nijer dada boudi r sangsar e jhi giri koreche, boudi r lathi jhanta kheyeche, ebong ekti sundor thala r begun hoyeche. Jedike thala benke begun sedike garaye, ei begun er nijoshyo kono voice nei, opinion nei, personality nei, self respet nei. Sabai ja bale se tai bole, sabar tale tal miliye nijer swartho siddhi kore jiban katiye choleche. sotti bolte begun eka pishi noy thakuma o, jaro padartho r thekeo adhom ei thakuma o pishi.

Bandhu, aro anek kichu i dekhar ache ei hashi khushi paribar er hasi r pechone. Tabe abaak hoyo na, amader tatha kathito bhadro samaj er 90% family r mukh gulo r opor ei special x-ray machine lagale ei ek dharaner ghatana dekhte pabe. Kintu tabu erai bhadro. Eder bhalo haoa chai, era sukhi haoa chai. Ar eder jonno good amount of chun chai, karon eder paan theke chun khoslei to abar era sunyo, rikto, nishyo hoye jaye, ar pathe boshe. Tai eder sangsar jeno bhara thake, chele pile jeno dudhe bhate thake ar paan jeno sarboda i chun thake.

Ar ekta ache chele. Tar barirer rup, jeta ei spl x-ray machine charai dekha jaye, seta khub kharap, se gomra mukho, rude, abhadro, asamajik. Kathaye kathya matha garom kare, jar opor khushi ja noy tai bole, abar ektu pare raag kome gelei chute jaye sorry bolte. Se emon i nirlajja ar paaji je ek din kina nijer 7 bachorer bhalobasha ke bollo “tomar sathe amar je biye ta hoyechilo ota na mithya, karon tar age amar baha r sathe biye hoyechilo. Takhon bhebechilam durr, ei faltu gramer biye ke manbo na, bhadro samajer chele ami bhadro bou niye ghar korbo, kintu na galti se mistake hoye geche, oi gareeb jonglee meye take pagoler moto bhalobeshe felechi, ekhon oi amar asol bou hoye amar mon praan sab jure boshe ache, tomake to ar amar jiban e bou r jayega dite parchi na, tumi ebar esho.”

bhaba jaye, ki paaji chele, 7 bachorer bhalobasha ke emni ek futkare bollo kina “tumi esho.” Ekhon kina din rat tar ek chinta, kemon kore ei 7 bachorer bhodro debi ke ghar theke namai ar nijer o jonglee bou ta ki niye ghar kori.

Ei to jar samner chehara, tar opor spl x-ray machine diye scan korle aro na kato ki kharap chehara beriye porbe…. kintu ki mushkil, jato scan karo bhetore baire to ei cheleta eki rakom dekhache. Tabu er kintu sasti chai, er sukh chai na, sarbonash chai.

Accha… sotti ki bhagoban / marangburu bole kichu ache? Dharmo adharma paap punyo r hisab ki ei life e habe?

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