|Directed by||Goutam Halder|
|Music by||Prabuddha Banerjee|
|Distributed by||Angel Video|
Bhalo Theko (Bengali: ভাল থেকো, translation: "Take Care") is a Bengali movie based on Leena Gangopadhaya's story Janmadin released in 2003. Directed by Gautam Halder, it featured Soumitra Chatterjee, Joy Sengupta, Debshankar Halder and Vidya Balan. This movie is Vidya Balan's cinematic debut.
The film is set in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose's home in Falta, West Bengal, masquerading as Uttarpara. It deals with the story of a girl Anandi and her family (including uncle, brother, parents and sister), lover (brother's friend Babua) and few neighbours. Nature, tradition and love are Anandi's pillars of support in difficult times. Her brother will slowly drift away with bad or risky companies, will not return home one day, and will be lost forever. Her parents will die heartbroken and her sister will get married suddenly and will leave the family. Babua will go abroad and marry somebody else.
It is implied that Anandi is forgetful of her sorrows that she was deceived by Babua (Joy Sengupta) whom she loved most. Babua comes back from abroad only to say: 'Anandi, I came back to set you free.'
Bhalo Theko has a non-linear pace with frequent jumps between current time and past. Film critics described Anandi as a large canvas painted in several hues. She stands against rootless internalisation and perplexed culture. A poem by a renowned Bangladeshi author and scholar Humayun Azad named "Shuvescha" was recited in the ending of the film by Anandi while wandering lonely in their garden.
Cast and crew
- Vidya Balan as ... Anandi
- Soumitra Chatterjee as ... Anandi's uncle
- Joy Sengupta as ... Babua shine
- Debshankar Haldar
- Parambrata Chatterjee
- Rimjhim Gupta
- Souvik Poyra
- Anusua Majumdar
- Bijay Lakshmi Barman
- Chandan Sengupta
- Direction: Gautam Haldar
- Story: Leena Gangopadhyay
- Music Direction: Prabuddha Banerjee
Bhalo Theko was screened at the Bangkok film festival, 2004.
- National Award for Best Cinematography : Abhik Mukhopadhyay
- Vidya Balan won the Anandalok Best Actress Award (2005)
- "Bhalo Theko". Screen (magazine). 2003-08-15.
- "51st National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- "51st National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
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