Chippa review: A night in Kolkata – National Herald

Kolkata News

What takes one by surprise is the careful anonymity of the city.

Ramanuj Dutta’s fine cinematography avoids the clichéd visual landmarks of the city – the Victoria Memorial, Second Hooghly Bridge, the bathing ‘ghaats’ on the river bank or the quintessential tram rides. Instead, it shows the streets through the people and the dreams they inhabit, through the eyes of Chippa, who idles around the city with a pup carefully tucked into his schoolbag.

The boy comes across a breathtaking range of characters– happy and angry drunkards, an eco-friendly taxi driver, a diabetic policeman, arguing construction workers, friendly musicians from a band and, finally, the Urdu-reading newspaper vendor, Sahir.