Mishawr Rawhoshyo

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Mishor Rahasya
Mishawr Rahasya.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Srijit Mukherji
Produced by Shree Venkatesh Films
Screenplay by Srijit Mukherji
Story by Sunil Gangopadhyay
Based on Mishor Rohosyo
Sunil Gangopadhyay
Starring
Music by Indraadip Dasgupta
Cinematography Soumik Haldar
Edited by Bodhaditya Banerjee
Production
company
Shree Venkatesh Films
Distributed by Shree Venkatesh Films
Release date
  • 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time
135 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Bengali
Hindi
English
Arabic
Budget 5 crore (US$780,000)[2]
Box office 6.8 crore (US$1.1 million)[3]

Mishawr Rohoshyo (English: Mystery in Egypt) is a 2013 Indian adventure thriller film directed by Srijit Mukherji, based on the fictional character Kakababu created by Sunil Gangopadhyay.[4][5] It stars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Indraneil Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee, Aryann Bhowmik and many others.[6] The plot revolves around a hieroglyphic trail that leads the protagonist to Egypt and underneath a pyramid. The film became one of the biggest hits of 2013 and gained a strong cult following from the audience and critics.

Plot[edit]

Mishawr Rawhoshyo starts with Kakababu (Prosenjit Chatterjee) and his nephew Shontu (Aryann Bhowmik) smiling after watching news informing of the imminent overthrow of the dictatorship in Egypt.

The film rewinds into a flashback. It is 2010. Kakababu is contracted by Egyptian businessman Al Mamun (Rajit Kapur) to decipher the meanings of hieroglyphic symbols that his teacher, Mufti Muhammad (Barun Chanda), had drawn on a piece of paper supposedly during his sleep. Muhammad is terminally ill and is about to grant his last wish while he is being treated in Delhi. Mamun thinks that the symbols are the key for locating Mufti Muhammad's will which will describe where to find treasures Mufti Muhammad had acquired during his tenure as a political leader and revolutionary. However, Kakababu is convinced that the symbols have a different meaning and they are very unusual. Mufti Muhammad symbolically requests Kakababu to verify something, a very unusual last wish.

Meanwhile, a war of rivalry ensues between Mamun and Hani Al Qadi (Indraneil Sengupta), another of Mufti Muhammad's disciples (and a rival of Mamun) who accuses Mamun of stealing a secret that isn't rightfully his. While in Delhi, there was an attempt to murder Kakababu, in which Kakababu was injured. Kakababu took the challenge to uncover the truth; he and his nephew Shontu head to Egypt where they are drawn into the vortex of the mystery.

Kakababu gets kidnapped by Al Qadi's men which sets off a chain of events, culminating in a climax under a pyramid. Inside the pyramid, Kakababu discovers the lost mummy of an Egyptian queen with the help of the hieroglyphics code written by Mufti Muhammad. The present-day political turmoil in Egypt subtly reverberates. At the end, Kakababu gives Hani Al Qadi the coded message written inside the coffin of the mummy and wishes him good luck for his upcoming revolution to free Egypt from the corrupt dictator Jashni Mubarak (fictionalized Hosni Mubarak).

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

Srijit Mukherji licensed the first three books in the Kakababu series with the intent to produce a film every other year starring Prosenjit Chatterjee as Kakababu, his only choice for the role.[7] Filming took place in Cairo, Egypt and Delhi in early 2013,[8][9] with Chatterjee stating that Mukherji was updating the character to be more contemporary.[10][11] Chatterjee also commented that, although they had not changed Ganguly's character too much, that "lookwise he is a modern Kakababu."[12]

The movie also features Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem Chitto Jetha Bhayshunyo.

Soundtrack[edit]

Mishawr Rawhoshyo
Soundtrack album by Indraadip Dasgupta
Released 2 October 2013[13]
Genre Soundtrack
Length 33:03
Label Shree Venkatesh Films
Producer Indraadip Dasgupta
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The soundtrack consists of six tracks composed by Indraadip Dasgupta with lyrics by Srijato.[13] It was released on 2 October 2013 by the cast and crew in the Oberoi Grand Hotel in Kolkata.[13]

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Kakababur Gaan" Rupam Islam 5:31
2. "Baalir Shawhor" Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh 5:51
3. "Kyano Aaj" Shreya Ghoshal 5:21
4. "Dilli" Arijit Singh, Shadaab Faridi 5:05
5. "Kakababur Gaan (reprise)" Anupam Roy 5:20
6. "Hani Alkadi R Gaan" Sonu Nigam 5:55
Total length: 33:03

Critical response[edit]

Sutapa Singha writing for The Times of India gave a rating of 3.5/5 stars and said the album is like an audio window to the gripping thriller on-screen.[14]

Reception[edit]

Mishawr Rawhoshyo garnered mixed to generally positive reviews from critics.

Gautam Chakraborty of Anandabazar Patrika rated it 8/10 stars.[15]

Dippanita Mukhopadhay Ghosh of Ebela rated it 7/10 stars.[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards East::

  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor Supporting Role Male – Bengali - Indraneil Sengupta (Won)
  • Filmfare Award for Best Film – Bengali (Nominated)
  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor Male – Bengali - Prosenjit Chatterjee (Nominated)
  • Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – Bengali - Srijato for Baalir Shawhor (Nominated)
  • Filmfare Award for Best Singer Female – Bengali - Shreya Ghoshal for Baalir Shawhor (Nominated)

Zee Bangla Gaurav Samman::

Sequel[edit]

After this successful film, makers are planning a sequel.[17] Director Srijit Mukherji said about the next Kakababu film to The Telegraph: "We’ve planned three. Actually I wanted to make a trilogy — a desert, a mountain and a jungle. The desert is done. Most probably we’re looking at mountain after this, which could be Kakababu Bajra Lama, Paharchuray Aatonko or Bhayankar Sundor. One in Sikkim, one in the basecamp of the Everest, kind of a difficult shoot, and Kashmir, also a difficult shoot."[18]

In December 2014, director Srijit Mukherji said: "Yes, it's Paharchuray Aatonko next. Since we'll be shooting in the mountains, summer is the best time. We'll start in May and wrap up by June, before it begins to rain. The shoot is going to be difficult, as the actors will have to be hand-in-glove with mountaineering. I've spoken to Bumbada (Prosenjit Chatterjee) about the dates. DoP Soumik Halder's dates have also been locked."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mishawr Rawhoshyo movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  2. ^ Box office / business for Mishawr Rawhoshyo
  3. ^ 5 films that rocked the box office this year
  4. ^ "Cine sleuths". Calcutta, India: Telegraph India. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mishawr Rawhoshyo Press Conference". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Srijit's Kakababu unveiled". Times of India. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kakababu’s diary". Calcutta, India: Telegraph India. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bhooter Bhhabishyat completes one year". Times of India. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Team Mishor Rahasya reaches Egypt". Times of India. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Prosenjit all set for Kakababu". Times of India. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "My kakababu smartest". Anandabazar Patrika (in Bengali). 16 February 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "One man, many shades". Times of India. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "The Egyptian Mystery". The Telegraph - t2. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mishawr Rawhoshyo - Indraadip Dasgupta". Sutapa Singha. The Times of India - Calcutta times epaper. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  15. ^ "ভাঁজে ভাঁজে সুনীলের প্রতি শ্রদ্ধার্ঘ্য". Anandabazar Patrika (in Bengali). 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rahashyohin Mishwar, Kakababu madhumoy". Ebela. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Post Mishawr Kakababu to hit the adventure trail again
  18. ^ KAKABABU calling
  19. ^ Prosenjit heads to the mountains as Kakababu

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