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Eagle needs to be applauded for bringing out the second ‘comeback’ film (after Saanjhbathir Roopkathara) of Anjan Das ' the Beyond Reels film that carried his ‘poetic film’ genre forward, Iti Srikanta (DVD, Rs 399). This film is based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s debatably best known character, Srikanta, and marked the debut of Soha Ali Khan as Kamallata, apart from Aadil in the lead. But the film threw up a histrionic surprise in Reema Sen as Rajlakshmi, where the Bollywood glam doll sparkled, and supported strongly by Piyush Ganguly as Gahar. The story follows Srikanta’s journey that has no destination. His heart is divided between the enigmatic Kamallata and the devastatingly earthy Rajlakshmi. Indecision becomes a part of his life and that takes him far and wide to unknown terrains. The film earned critical acclaim and accolades abroad. The DVD also packs in the making of Rituparno Ghosh’s Titli and a special feature on the film Ora Kara in Amitabh Bachchan’s voice as a bonus. Iti Srikanta also has English subtitles which have essenced the philosophical film and its dialogues bang-on.

Shemaroo presents Zeher in a DVD pack (Rs 349). This is Emraan Hashmi’s hat-trick of working with the Bhatts. And directed by his cousin Mohit Suri. The film has a captivating plot and catchy songs, and costars Shamita Shetty and Udita Goswami. The story has drug, deceit, murder and money as its backdrop and the songs are immensely popular. The DVD includes the theatrical trailers and the TV promos along with a curtain raiser of the film, Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye. As a bonus it includes the remix of the very popular and controversial Pakistani composition, Woh lamhe woh baatein.

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