Bhalo Theko

Bhalo Theko (translation: "Take Care") is a Bengali Movie based on Leena Gangopadhaya's story Janmadin, and was released in 2003. Directed by Gautam Halder, the movie featured Soumitra Chatterjee, Joy Sengupta, Debshankar Halder and Vidya Balan. This movie is Vidya Balan's cinematic debut.


The presence of Anandi (Vidya Balan) , fertilises the ambience of the film that unfolds. The film is the celebration of fertility symbolised by green trees, driving rains and dark plumes of cloud and Anandi herself. A rain-soaked Anandi in the idyllic village on the bank of ever-flowing Hooghly reminds viewers of the ancient forest that all but disappeared from the surface of the earth. The film is set in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose's home in Falta, masquerading as Uttarpara. Nature, tradition and love are Anandi's only pillars of support after the burden of her family is thrust on her. For Anandi, happiness means freedom from within and without alike. Freedom means a commitment to live in the fashion one wants to--breaking from the bondage--materialistic and nonmaterialistic. Freedom means being one with the nature, as free are the skies, plants and birds. Anandi is forgetful of her sorrows that she was deceived by Babua (Joy Sengupta) she loved most. Babua, who symbolises the craze for migration to foreign countries, comes back from abroad only to say: 'Anandi, I came back to set you free.' Film critics described Anandi as a large canvas painted in several hues. She stands against rootless internalisation and perplexed culture. .



The movie was screened at the Bangkok film festival, 2004.


Vidya Balan won the Anandalok Best Actress Award (2005)


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