A journey of a housewife, looking for love and acceptance, Manbhanjan is based on a timeless tale by the great Rabindranath Tagore. This hoichoi mini-series stars Sohini Sarkar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Amrita Chattopadhyay
Based on Tagore's short story, this miniseries is as engaging as the bard's writing. Though not an exact copy, the mini-series is a good watch because of the taut script, beautiful music and deft acting. The set design is equally alluring with elaborate work achieved to recreate the era. The story is about women's emancipation and how they too can come out of the shadows of their husbands or the men in their lives to create a new beginning. As with all Tagore stories, the message is way ahead of its time and Abhijit has only added to the story with his direction. Acting is one of the strongest departments of this series. Anirban Bhattacharya delights with his screen presence. He sways in perfect measure when the character is drunk and he curses with an ease that makes him fit Gopinath to the T. You wouldn't imagine anyone else playing Gopinath. Though he is the most unlikeable character of the three, his appearance on the screen is what the audience will look forward to. You will root for Sohini Sarkar's character's happiness all throughout. Giribala's simplicity
, her vulnerability and her sadness is not tear-jerking but understandable considering the era. Amrita Chattopadhyay does better as the pleading and helpless other woman, Labanga, wanting to be Gopinath's wife rather than the vain theatre actress. The actress who played Shudho, the house help and trusted confidante of Giribala, needs a special mention too. In a relatively small role, she held her own.
The beautiful renditions of Rabindrasangeet and some of the scenes where theatre rehearsals take place are worth mentioning too. But the series is not beyond flaws. The sudden meeting of Giribala and Labanga,
deviating from the actual story, is a little absurd. Moreso because Giribala doesn't really get to know a lot about what she sets out to do. There could have been more powerful screenplay writing for certain scenes where Giribala was deciding to take the reigns of her fate in her own hands. But you will not have wasted your time if you decide to watch the drama unfold.