Secondly, Abhimanyu Mukherjee has penned the script in a very gripping way while Subhankar Bhar who has earlier delivered works like ‘Bakita Byaktigato’, ‘Sudhu Tomari Jonyo’ and lot more, this time also leaves a mark with his lens. Although, Subho Pramanik should have been a little more careful with the editing.
Thirdly, music is very important at least for an Indian film, and here, Arindam Chatterjee justifies the lyrics in a very beautiful manner. Shalmali Kholgade and Arijit Singh have lent their voices in songs while Vishal Dadlani and Raftaar have sung for the first time in a Bengali film, the duo making the title track rap a foot tapping number.
Fourthly, Yash Dasgupta is maturing as an actor. In his first performance in Birsa’s previous film, he had played a gangster and this time he plays an IPS officer. His screen presence is great and he succeeds in maintaining it even while sharing screen space with the main antagonist Prosenjit Chatterjee. Yash looks far better than Jayram Ravi of ‘Thani Oruvan’.
Nusrat Jahan plays a cop too, albeit not actually an arm candy here, but a significant character nonetheless. Nusrat has really performed at par with Nayantara. Arjun Chakraborty also plays a cop, perhaps one of the best performances of his career. Bharat Kaul, Supriyo Dutta and Debdut Ghosh also feature in significant roles in the film.
Finally, Prosenjit Chatterjee aka Bumba Da essays the role of a mastermind scientist who has invested his entire genius in evil deeds. He, in a very consistent way, outperforms his last best work in ‘One’, a film where he once again as Bumba Da proves that he is the only one who could have featured in the role. Although, this is not actually for the first time where he has played a negative character if we carefully go through his career graph. He is certainly one actor who believes in breaking the cliches.
In 2011, he had starred in the role of a cop with a negative shade in ‘Baishe Shrabon’ and then, stunned us last year when he played a sex-starved perverted writer in ‘Khawto’ and syndicate gang leader in ‘Zulfiqar’.
Although, he outperformed everyone, but those were characters with negative shades, but here in ‘One’, he portrays a complete anti-hero, better known by the term villain.
Both in the original version and its Telugu remake, this character has been played by ‘Roja’ and ‘Bombay’ fame actor Arvind Swamy, but Prosenjit Chatterjee, through his charisma immortalises the character. He just creates whole new mannerisms and an aura around the character, which is bound to establish new bench marks for his contemporary antagonists.
For over three decades, this talented actor has been carrying an industry on his strong and reliable shoulders. On one hand, he has been doing films like ‘Traffic’ with an actor like Manoj Bajpayee or ‘Shanghai’ with Kalki Koechlin and on the other hand, he is doing ‘Praktan’ and ‘Shankhachil’; is just inevitable.
In conclusion, Birsa Dasgupta has made a masterpiece and Prosenjit Chatterjee as Aditya Sen in ‘One’ is a must watch.