VINCI DA (2019)

  • Release Date: 12/04/2019
  • Cast: Rudranil Ghosh, Ritwick Chakraborty, Anirban Bhattacharya, Sohini Sarkar
  • Director: Srijit Mukherji

Vinci Da got his name during a tea table argument with two other gentlemen who were hollering over the greatness Van Gough, Dali, etc. Vinca Da got christened as such because of his undying reverence for Da Vinci. The men involved in the argument saw the humor in the manner in which he defended and professed Da Vinci’s greatness over all other artists. Vinci Da would go on to create his own masterpieces over the course of the film that would haunt him for the rest of his existence and also turn his world on its head.

While Vinci Da was learning and enriching himself with all that would make him the “person of interest” for Adi Bose, Bose was doing his own set of research and study albeit in a very different field –Law. Adi Bose had murdered his father for torturing his mother in the opening sequence of the film but escaped criminal justice because he had committed the crime minutes before attaining the age of 18 years. Over the course of the next many years, he becomes somewhat of an expert in criminal law. His passion for the law, madness for retribution against anyone who cheats the law and an exceptionally twisted sense of judgment sets him on a collision course with Vinci Da who is about to become his primary weapon to strike terror in the hearts of the oppressors.

I loved the concept of this film. The screenplay builds wonderfully and gives us enough fodder to understand the causality behind the actions of the two men. Vinci Da is a true genius and immensely dedicated to his work. His work is his father’s legacy for him and if there is anything that he loves as much as he loved his father then it’s his work. However, he meets with nothing but contempt from the film fraternity. He wants to bring change to the way prosthetics and makeups are seen in the industry but his cries fall to deaf ears. At such a juncture walks Adi Bose into his life and offers him something that he finds almost too good to reject. He literally takes a leap of faith with this man who he has never met before and pays the price for it.

Adi Bose is mentally unwell and he has been that way ever since his mother decided to abandon him after he killed his father for her. Losing his mother meant losing his contact with the last positive influence of his life. Ever since that, all he had was the Indian Penal Code and he completely immersed himself in it. He wanted to be a lawyer but never could owing to the way his life developed and that gave rise to the frustration at seeing “justice not served”. Thus he comes up with his own brand and way of delivering justice and you as the viewer are never surprised by what he chooses to do.

Rudranil Ghosh as Vinci Da and Ritwick Chakraborty as Adi Bose play off each other wonderfully. Ritwick is immersive to tag along with as we see him coerce Rudranil’s Vinci Da into making the first prosthetic. For the next job, he blackmails Rudranil and the mood of their camaraderie changes abruptly in that period of time. What happens in the third act of the film is again very different from what we were offered before. Thus the interpersonal dynamics of the two men keep changing from case to case and never lets their drama get boring or predictable.

Rudranil has always been a class act and here he gives us a lot more of what we know he is capable of. There is a scene where he tries to justify his actions and that of Adi Bose’s to his girlfriend Jaya (Sohini Sarkar). In this one heartfelt rendition of the man’s conflict, Rudranil brings out why he needs to do what he is doing and why he is right in doing it. I believe it is one of the most poignant scenes of the film and brings forth the core of the whole narrative. Ritwick Chakraborty has an electric screen presence and the character of Adi Bose suits him perfectly. The fact that he looks like a smooth transition of Riddhi Sen (who plays the 17-year-old Adi) to an older age only increases the potency of his overall act. He is evil and everything that he does is done with such slickness that you can’t help but be in the awe of the man.

Sohini has a delightful little character to play and she is just so sweet and vulnerable that you are bound to love her. The fate that she has to endure in the end was particularly heartbreaking. Anirban Bhattacharya as DCDD Poddar is wasted as he has very little to do. He reminded me of the cops of the 80s Bollywood Masala Films who came to the spot only after everything was over.

My only nitpick with Vinci Da was in the manner in which it ended. I could see from a mile away from the fate that awaited Sohini’s character. The ending was apt but I would have loved for it to go in a different direction which would have added some shock value and worked better for the film. I cannot put my finger on what I didn’t like about the ending without spoiling it and hence will refrain from it. There are also a few goof ups in the scenes where we are supposed to take Ritwick for a different man who is no way near his dimensions.

Vinci Da is a well-made film that may be a first in its type in Bengali films of recent times. The fact that it was a breezy watch and that it never let its grip slip in spite of the fact that it had quite a few songs and a lot of dialogues only made me feel how well made it was. It may not be perfect but is still a very worthy watch. It never released here in Assam, but for those who are interested to watch it may catch it on Prime Videos.

Rating: 3/5 (3 out of 5 Stars)

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