It’s seldom that in a picture with 2 ladies and that too when one of them is as fantabulous as Claudia that my eyes wonder over to the gentleman in the center, playing the role of a don.
But in this case, what else can one do?
Yes. When Thakurpo sung “Ami chini go chini tomare o bou-thakurani” many decades ago in Charulata who would have thought that the he was not being figurative about the bideshini? And who would have that when Mastermoshai was getting harassed by “Sir aapni kichu dekhen ni” in Atanka that he would give it as bad as he got.
Indeed who would have?
Of course not that the man was never bad-ass. He sometimes was as good as Bangali Bachchan in angst and anger , but in a very different way, as this scene with Bikas Ray from Baghini amply demonstrates.
Go Feluda go. Topse is a fish and Jotayu is a bird. You however are a legend. (The man’s next movie is interestingly called “Sugar Baby“)
We have and will always love you, no matter what avatar you be in.
And as to the marvelous Claudia all I can say to her is:
[For non-Bengali readers, apologies for this very Bangla cinema post]