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‘Vinci Da’ Movie Review: most original thriller of India




Film: “Vinci Da” (Bengali); Cast: Rudranil Ghosh, Ritwick Chakraborty, Anirban Bhattacharya, Sohini Sarkar; Director: Srijit Mukherjee; Rating: **** ½ (four and a half stars)

Two thoughts struck me simultaneously as I watched Srijit Mukherjee’s latest work open-mouthed and stunned: this is the most original thriller I’ve seen in Indian cinema, and that some of the best work in Indian cinema is happening outside ‘Bollywood’.

Interestingly, ‘Bollywood’ does come up for discussion in the course of this vastly intriguing thriller when the make-up artiste, pet-named Vinci Da for his affinity to the art of Leonardo da Vinci, comments on budgets for Bollywood cinema being unaffordable in Bangla cinema.

And yet Vinci Da survives, and he is brilliant at his work, just like Srijit Mukherjee who makes two films a year. This time Mukherjee is on slippery ground negotiating across an arching lumbering canvas that at once secretes a devious thriller and a stirring morality tale.

It’s hard to say anything about the plot without giving away the devastating twists and turns. But the one thing that can be said safely is we have never seen anything like this before. The interactive drama about a serial killer who has the mind of a brilliant lawyer, and a make-up artiste, played with visceral force by two of the country’s finest actors Ritwick Chakraborty and Rudranil Ghosh, is so fraught with a feral acuity, we are often left looking at situations and circumstances that seem ripped off newspaper headlines and pinned to the macabre vision of Wes Craven.

As the serial killer Adi Bose, representing what criminologist Colin Wilson called ‘genius gone the wrong way’ snares the goodhearted idealistic make-up artiste into a bizarre web of crime, Mukherjee straddles the two worlds of terror and tenderness without losing his firm grip over the narrative.

There are bouts of bestial brutality that reminded me of the sudden spurts of violence in Mukherjee’s “Rajkahini”. Then there is the tender passion between the make-up artiste and his speech-challenged beloved Jaya (Sohini Sarkar). Their scenes together are suffused with the incense of an innocent attraction. It is a sight to behold when the narrative fuses the brutal violence with the tender innocence.

Speaking of ‘incense’, it is no coincidence that the word means anger and also those religious sticks that one has to light up to experience the heady fragrance. At the end we are are left with only the fury and fragrance mingling in a union that is both shocking and exhilarating.

“Vinci Da” is a remarkable work for the way it blurs the lines of morality to show how easily a clever man can jump from the right side to the wrong. And how weak can be manipulated by the strong. It’s also remarkable for showing the close relationship between crime and art, and between the criminal and his conscience.

It is no coincidence that the young Adi Bose (played with chilling serenity by the astonishing Riddhi Sen) batters his abusive father to death minutes before he turns 18.

“Vinci Da” breaks every glass ceiling that the ‘thriller’ genre in India has ever encountered and savours the shards as they penetrate the very core of the concept of crime and atonement.

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Actress Disha Patani’s father tests Covid positive



Bollywood actress Disha Patani’s father and two other officers of the vigilance unit of the Uttar Pradesh power department, have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Disha’s father, Jagdish Patani, is a deputy SP in the vigilance unit of the state power department here.

Jagdish Patani and the two other officers were investigating a transformer scam. They had come to Bareilly from Lucknow.

Following their corona test reports, the zonal chief engineer’s office has been closed for the next 48 hours.

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‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ actor Sameer Sharma commits suicide



Television actor Sameer Sharma has allegedly ended his life by committing suicide. He was 44.

Sharma was found hanging on Wednesday night from the kitchen ceiling of his residence in Ahinsa Marg, Malad west. A police complaint has been lodged at Malad Police Station.

“A case of accidental death has been registered and the body has been sent for autopsy,” Malad police station senior inspector George Fernandez told

No suicide note has been recovered.

As per report, the actor had moved in the rented apartment in Malad in February this year. His body was first discovered by the watchman of the society on Wednesday night who immediately alerted Sharma’s neighbours.

Looking at the condition of the body the police have suspected that the actor probably died two days ago.

Sameer Sharma was a popular face on television. He has featured in daily soaps like “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”, “Left Right Left”, “Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki” and several others. He last featured in the ongoing daily soap “Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke” in the role of Shaurya Maheshwari.

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ED summons Rhea Chakraborty for quizzing on Friday in PMLA case



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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty on Friday for questioning in connection with a money laundering probe related to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s case, officials said on Wednesday.

A senior ED official told IANS: “The agency has asked her to present herself at our Mumbai office to get her statement recorded in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case.”

Earlier in the day, the ED questioned Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda in the case. Miranda is the third person to be questioned by the agency in the matter.

The ED had on Tuesday grilled Rhea’s chartered accountant Ritesh Shah. On Monday, the agency had questioned Sushant’s CA Sandeep Sridhar.

The action comes in the wake of a case registered by the ED on Friday last against Rhea and her family members.

The ED’s money laundering case pertains to transactions involving Rs 15 crore and allegedly related to the ‘suicide’ of Sushant Singh.

The development comes after an FIR was lodged by Sushant’s father KK Singh in Patna against Rhea, accusing her of cheating and threatening his son. Sushant’s family has also accused her of keeping him away from his family.

The ED named Rhea and her family members in the case on the basis of the police FIR.

The official said that the central agency will summon a number of people for questioning in the case in the coming days.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has since received a notification from the government to register a case.

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