Phire Paowa

Directed by Abesh Banerjee  |  Review by Riya Saha

How it feels to be a quintessential housewife from an average middle-class family? It’s monotony on one side but sheer dedication on the other. It’s a boredom from the mundane household activities but at the same time a zeal which arises from the love and care for the dear ones, a plethora of responsibilities that overshadows her own passion, ambition and dreams. But when it comes to her self-dignity, she simply knows no boundaries and she will face any challenge whatsoever daunting it may be and show the world her true power. This is what the director Abesh Banerjee has tried to portray in his short film ‘Phire Paowa’.

The movie has an enthralling screenplay and direction which keeps the viewers engaged and bound till the climax. It has a blend of different emotions beautifully captured and encapsulated within compact sequences. Phire Paowa depicts female empowerment and facilitates viewers to envisage the issues created even in today’s modern world due to the conventional patriarchal traditions and mentality leading to the subordination of women.

The movie portrays women as individuals capable of making rational and educated decisions about themselves as well as the society, increasing and improving the economic, political and legal strength to ensure equal rights as men.

The music is subtle and sweet, which makes the atmosphere quite enchanting. The songs (Rabindra Sangeet) used partly in this film (Nyay Onnyay, Janine and Amar A. Poth) are blended well with the scenes and the words are irresistibly charming.

The actress who plays the protagonist has done a brilliant job with her natural and convincing expressions – she showcased a truly matured performance! This is an absolutely marvelous piece of work done by the cinematographer to ensure every angle adds value to the scene. Credit goes to the director for the perfection brought about in every single sequence, as well to the entire cast for the brilliant acting and powerful performances. While watching the film, for not a second did I feel the director has over exaggerated anything! Phire Paowa will surely influence many emancipated women. Abesh Banerjee and Phire Paowa have successfully created a very distinct movie about the female power and understanding of the feminine mind, which I really appreciate.

We have seen many films about female empowerment, but this one is all about female bonding. When friends help you out, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you have the support of someone who knows you, but you also have the opportunity to make connections and profit from the help you receive- without owing your friend anything in return!
This movie is an amazing homage to the greatness and to the success of the lead actress of Phire Paowa, who finally crossed all boundaries to fulfill her feminine aspirations.

So, what are you waiting for? This movie is a piece of art and it is definitely a must watch for all the movie lovers out there.

 

Riya Saha is a Kolkata based writer, editor, journalist and cinephile. She has completed her masters with Journalism and Mass Communication from Calcutta University and currently working as a freelance journalist. Having a great interest in world cinema made Riya join Human Lab Corporation. She is passionate about setting goals and achieving them. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, socializing and meeting people. She is also very fond of watching International movies.