Ek Je Chhilo Raja

2018 [BANGLA]

Drama / Mystery / Thriller

IMDb Rating 7.2/10 10 1392 1.4K

Plot summary

Mahendra Kumar Choudhuri, the middle prince of the Bhawal Estate was affected by syphilis and was taken to Darjeeling for treatment. He apparently died in Darjeeling and was cremated there. After 12 years, a Sanyasi shows up at the estate, arousing people’s curiosity and leading to a rumour that he is the lost prince of the Bikrampur Estate.



October 01, 2023 at 04:56 PM

Director

Srijit Mukherji

Top cast

720p.WEB
1.31 GB
1280*542
Bangla 2.0
NR
24 fps
2 hr 26 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mukherjeesubham93 8 / 10

Captures the enigma of the Bhawal Sanyasi case!

I'm a fan of director Srijit Mukherji's work because he is always intent on putting up something really ambitious on screen. 'Ek Je Chilo Raja' can be called his most heavily mounted movie till date, and he delivers the goods needed for a satisfactory cinematic experience, though it could've been better.

The movie's screenplay is certainly not it's strength. It is inconsistent. It flatters occasionally with brilliance to deceive later. The first half was supposed to set the platform for the powerful 2nd half. While it does so, it fails to devolop the characters in a memorable manner. Apart from Mahendra Kumar, the other two kumars barely have a few scenes. Rudranil as Doctor Ashwini is criminally underutilized. The romantic angle between the lawyers was a subplot without which the film would've done any day.

The actors however, despite whatever screen time they have, make the most of it. Anjan Dutta and Aparna Sen are expectedly good. Anirban Bhattacharya as Satya Banerjee is menacing in the limited scope he is given. His gaze, his walk and talk, his cold blooded demeanor, make his character memorable. Joya Ehsaan is absolutely fantastic in the latter half of the movie. Jisshu Sengupta playing the lead character has given one of the best performances if not the best performance of his career. The sheer physical transformation he has undergone to play a naga sanyasi, covered only by a loincloth needs courage, and Jisshu proves he's an actor without any prejudices.

Though the screenplay falters at times, the movie is bang on with the facts. The whole case of Bhawal Sanyasi, it's mystery, it's enigma is captured really well. The music, is another place where the movie scores high. Esho he is the theme song of the movie used in several places. The transition of the raja to sanyasi is captured effortlessly by Tu dikhe na. Finally, Tagore's Moharajo E ki Saaje, was probably written for this movie! Hands down, the song with it's visuals is the best part of the movie and gives you goosebumps.

Overall, this movie must be watched for someone who loves bengali movies, and also by someone looking to gain exposure to bengali movies.

My rating- 7.5/10

Reviewed by msunando 8 / 10

The truth behind Bhawal Sanyasi

Based on the extensive research material compiled into the book "The Princely Impostor" written by Partha Chatterjee, Ek Je Chhilo Raja is a gripping narrative of facts of the intriguing Bhawal Sanyasi case. It dispels the myths that most of us from my generation have grown up with. The king wasn't godly, he was human - he had more vices than virtues and had contracted a disease that Uttam Kumar would have shuddered to portray on screen and die hard fans would probably have torched the cinemas if depicted. There is no affair between the queen and the doctor, but a gravely sinister plot operating at the background. The return of the Bhawal Sanyasi is shrouded in mystery too - how all the bodily marks recorded over 2 decades ago all matched to prove that he indeed is the heir apparent, and yet his inability to communicate in his native Bengali dialect raised concerns about his identity.

The facts aside, credit must be given to Jisshu for portraying the Raja and the Sanyasi with vehement credibility. It takes courage to be seen on screen as a Naga hermit with just a loin cloth. Even the act of the Raja is immensely believable. Jaya Ahsan as the younger sister plays her role to utter perfection and balance. Anirban Bhattacharya and Rudranil Ghosh add menace to the proceedings. Anjan Dutt and Aparna Sen play out the courtroom battle with precision and gravitas, only that their personal equation, relationship and the agenda of feminism and liberation were neither required nor appreciated as the whole subplot is extraneous to the main narrative.

Kudos Srijit Mukherjee for bringing Bengal to terms with reality and making Ek Je Chhilo Raja stand on its own two feet, breaking away from its inevitable comparison with the cult classic Sanyasi Raja. Salute your courage.

Reviewed by msunando 8 / 10

What lies beneath

Based on the extensive research material compiled into the book "The Princely Impostor" written by Partha Chatterjee, Ek Je Chhilo Raja is a gripping narrative of facts of the intriguing Bhawal Sanyasi case. It dispels the myths that most of us from my generation have grown up with. The king wasn't godly, he was human - he had more vices than virtues and had contracted a disease that Uttam Kumar would have shuddered to portray on screen and die hard fans would probably have torched the cinemas if depicted. There is no affair between the queen and the doctor, but a gravely sinister plot operating at the background. The return of the Bhawal Sanyasi is shrouded in mystery too - how all the bodily marks recorded over 2 decades ago all matched to prove that he indeed is the heir apparent, and yet his inability to communicate in his native Bengali dialect raised concerns about his identity.

The facts aside, credit must be given to Jisshu for portraying the Raja and the Sanyasi with vehement credibility. It takes courage to be seen on screen as a Naga hermit with just a loin cloth. Even the act of the Raja is immensely believable. Jaya Ahsan as the younger sister plays her role to utter perfection and balance. Anirban Bhattacharya and Rudranil Ghosh add menace to the proceedings. Anjan Dutt and Aparna Sen play out the courtroom battle with precision and gravitas, only that their personal equation, relationship and the agenda of feminism and liberation were neither required nor appreciated as the whole subplot is extraneous to the main narrative.

Kudos Srijit Mukherjee for bringing Bengal to terms with reality and making Ek Je Chhilo Raja stand on its own two feet, breaking away from its inevitable comparison with the cult classic Sanyasi Raja. Salute your courage.

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