Bhumi Pednekar-Sanjay Mishra
Shaktimaan comes to mind when we hear the word eater. There is an episode in which a boy while selling newspapers repeats the same line: Rakshak bana bhaksh, rakshak bana bhaksh. The story of the film watched today is also similar. You already know the name of the film from the headline, there is no need to tell it.
Bhumi Pednekar has become a journalist. He is trying to establish his own channel named Shosh in Patna. Sanjay Mishra is with him in the role of cameraperson. Aditya Srivastava (Abhijeet of CID) is playing the role of villain. The picture is streaming on Netflix. Inspired by the Muzaffarpur (Bihar) orphanage incident. Girls were repeatedly raped in a shelter home there. When she protested and screamed, she was killed. This is the opening scene of the film.
When a predator protests, he puts chilli in the girl’s vagina. The girl starts screaming in pain. The phone is turned over to the doctor. He expresses his inability to come. The girl is easily killed by placing a pillow over her mouth. The people who are doing all this do not have even the slightest wrinkle on their forehead while doing so. For them it is routine work like bathing, washing, eating and drinking. The opening scene definitely makes one uncomfortable, but it happens very quickly. The scene climaxes before reaching its crescendo through visuals and background music. Half of the work in thriller films is done by its BGM. But here there is no background score of that high quality. Sanjay Mishra’s film is Vadh, a similar background score was demanded for this film.
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However, it is also possible that director Pulkit does not want to make it overdramatic. This is also visible in the film. The drama of Befizool is not imposed on the audience and the characters. Like the introduction of Vaishali Singh (Bhoomi) or Bansi Sahu (Aditya Srivastava), no effort has been made to create much atmosphere in them. Many people may not like the fact that there is very little drama in Bhakshak, but for me this is a plus point of the film. Fast paced editing is often kept in such films. The director wants to keep the audience engaged through oblique camera angles and low-key lighting. It is exactly the opposite here. Editing that blends into the story, smooth camera shots and natural lighting.
The film also runs a parallel social-political commentary along with the issue of the shelter home rape case. There is a scene where Vaishali’s husband remains hungry until she comes home late. In such a situation, Vaishali says, take a handful of rice, a handful of pulses and whistle. That’s all to do. Can’t do it? Are you a child? If you are hungry, learn to satisfy it. This scene examines the way society thinks towards women, and also slaps that thinking.
Gupta ji’s character in the film was very interesting. It has been played by Durgesh Kumar, who became Banarakas in the Panchayat. He brings inside information and gives it to Vaishali Singh. When Bhaskar (Sanjay Mishra) asks him to reveal everyone’s secret on your request and take enmity with the government? On this Guptaji says, then sell Litti Chokha and open a grocery shop. Why enter journalism? This character is interesting, but incomplete. A little more information should have been given about this. What does it do exactly? What is its background? Well whatever it is, Durgesh Kumar has done a tremendous job. He has the same role in this as in the Panchayat. Only here he is on the hero’s side.
Bhaskar’s character has been written very well. But perhaps if there was someone else in place of Sanjay Mishra, this role would not have been able to shine. He has brought Bhaskar alive. Looking at him it seems that he is a seasoned and experienced cameraperson. He knows all kinds of tricks. There is a scene in which Sanjay Mishra is collecting some information about the shelter home from a girl. The way he, after his question, asks the girl to come and make him roar, is a wonderful gesture. Sanjay is setting new standards of his acting in every new film. He has given this film a lift with his presence.
Bhumi Pednekar is perfect in the role of Vaishali. He has also caught the Bihari accent well. Overall, both his work and choice of script are good. He has done a very careful job where the undertone was to be there. Bhoomi has proved to be a little inferior in the few scenes where he had to explode. Overall his acting is smooth and good. It is good to see Aditya Srivastava playing a major role on screen after a long time. He has kept the villain named Bansi Sahu human. It seems that someone among us has become a man-eater. He has not been given heavy dialogues, yet he shines.
The film presents the struggle and passion of small town journalists in a very clear manner. On top of that, there is the added struggle of the journalist being a woman and setting up her own channel. Works on detailing of reporting. Reveals layers of layered collusion between police, government and administration. Watching many scenes of the film, a character from TSP’s show Rabish Ki Report comes to mind. He says, system Rabish ji system
Some films are good, some bad. But some are also important. Devourer is one of them. Take a look. If we turn the words of Bansi Sahu on their head, then a sentence is formed, any work in this world is wrong for every person in his own way, nothing is right, just like this the film is right for me. Maybe, but maybe not for you. But to reach this decision the film will have to be watched at least once. goodbye.