2006. India. Suman Mukhopadhyay. 142 min.
Monday, December 15, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
2006. India. Directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay. Screenplay by Mukhopadhyay, based on the novel by Nabarun Bhattacharya. With Subhashish Mukherjee, Bratya Basu, Sabyasachi Chakravarthy, Lily Chakravarty. Herbert tells the kaleidoscopic saga of Herbert Sarkar, an idiot savant in Calcutta who incites the wrath of the International Rationalist Society with his successful business enterprise, "Dialogues with the Dead." Rife with allusions to classic Hollywood and to directors from Satyajit Ray to Jean-Luc Godard, Mukhopadhyay's debut feature is an astounding, encyclopedic parable: part magical-realist fable, part allegory of cultural imperialism. Shot in flashy reds and twilight blues that recall the Technicolor of MGM musicals, this wittily self-reflexive film features a remarkable lead performance by Mukherjee as the film's visionary madman. 142 min.