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Poran: A decent ‘pulp fiction’ treat

  • Fahmid Hassan Prohor
  • 10 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Poran: A decent ‘pulp fiction’ treat

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‘Poran’ is a romantic thriller film directed by Raihan Rafi. Bidya Sinha Saha Mim, Sariful Razz and Yash Rohan played the lead roles in the film based on a true event.

Raihan Rafi came to the limelight through the 2018 film ‘Poramon 2’. His works such as ‘Janowar (2020)’, ‘The Dark Side of Dhaka (2021)’ and ‘Khachar Bhitor Ochin Pakhi (2021)’ are heart touching and enthralling.

His latest film ‘Poran’, judging by his track record, has certain points to be discussed. Certain aspects of the film were far from reality.

As the film’s format is non-linear, ‘pulp-fiction’ genre, which means serialized magazines, majorly consists of thrillers and regarded as the low-quality literature.  It further requires the brightly colored, exploitative and sensational matters.  It was used in another Netflix movie ‘Haseen Dilruba’ starring Tapsee Pannu and ‘Pulp Fiction’ directed by Quentin Tarantino.

The main characters: Anannya, Roman and Sifat which is even relevant today. Regarding the film’s direction, was the mixture of the commerciality with the creativity in it, similar to the director’s other films.

Psychology of the characters, especially, Sariful Razz who portrayed Roman has been brilliant, not only the background but his life was explored in distinction. Annanya, played by Bidya Sinha Mim is the perfect case of how the public concentrates less on psychology but more on materialism. The least explored was Sifat, could have done better, to invest upon those characters. Flawed characterizations, but overt glorification trimmed it down a bit. Naseer Uddin Khan’s performance is applaud-worthy, though an important character, but improvisation connected the audience.

The film could have been given a little more space to invest more on the characters. Soundtracks, especially for ‘Jole Re Poran’ and ‘Dheere Dheere’, were great in the storytelling situation. It also energizes the pacing of the film.  Cinematography and montage plays the majority in the genre, with subtle poetic signs of the narrative, except for the certain newspaper montages, which looked too rushed. The sound mixing is blunt in some sequences.

The ending was jarring, due to certain issues. It is quite understandable, to make it upon a commercial perspective but if it had realistically remade, it ultimately become an art film.  As a film, it is entertaining and enjoyable, but based on the real life incident; it is quite a decent one to watch.