Even after his charade is destroyed by the fantastic four, he does not give up. He and his satellite embarks on another journey of lies and deceit. All this for mere survival in a lavish way. All this because this imposter does not want to toil. All this because this imposter knows how to use clever gimmicks to dupe people to the best effects. And in the process we have a clever laugh riot executed perfectly by the uber-talented Satyajit Ray.
We come to the delightful take on falsity and deceit that is Mahapurush. No waste of screen time, the film packs in loads of entertainment from the word go. The characters are stupendously good and the performances are fantastic. Ray's direction is cut-throat and Charuprakash Ghosh is a marvel of sorts. Playing on the Indian fixation on spirituality and piousness, Mahapurush is an enthralling tale about how some saints take commoners for a ride with their lofty tales and speeches.
In Gurupada's house the air is thick with religiosity. Something that makes Satyaranjan (Satindra Banerjee) despondent. He is all set to propose Buchki and has been relentlessly pursuing her with Shelly's quotes and Tagore's poems. But the moment he hears that Buchki is going to be be initiated by Birinchi Baba the sky falls on his head. What will be of his love now?? But then, there is always the clever sleuth to undo an imposter's ploy.
When there is a crook somewhere performing crooked deeds, he ought to have an ally somewhere inside the place of his business. The person who helps Birinchi Baba rob Gurupada Mitra is one from the family. For a mere 10 percent share, this man is slimy and cheeky. Watch his interaction with Satyaranjan and you would know that he does nothing without his personal gain...
The disrobing of Birinchi Baba is hilarious. Egged on quietly by Buchki who recognises the greed in Birinchi Baba and the cheap lust in his disciple, Satyaranjan is hell bent on ruining the sage's plans. And it is truly exciting to see how Nibaranda does that. You too, must watch it for yourself... And do not miss the parts with Santosh Dutta who plays the stammering scientist all out to win a Nobel. He boils green grass to manufacture some important product that will curb hunger for eternity. What makes an educated man like him believe in the sage's nonsensical words? Find it out for yourself...
The film is a masterpiece in terms of story, direction, acting and execution. Rabi Ghosh as the mousy yet clever disciple of Birinchi Baba is a revelation. He catches sly glances at Buchki whenever there is a chance. Listens to Hindi film songs on the sly. Craves for mutton biriyani even though he has promised to be an ascetic. And when he seconds the sage's words in a low drab monotone, it is simply rib-tickling.
Satindra Banerjee looks handsome and smart. Gitali Roy is a simple girl. Somen Bose has a learned and intelligent air about him. Santosh Dutta is ineffectually funny.