Irrfan Khan’s Doob is a contemporary tackle conjugal infidelity and a lesson on residing with out regret
It hurts every time we think of Irrfan Khan. The talented soul whose eyes spoke a million words in a second and whose smile made us all forget everything. His character dies in this Bangla film, which was Bangladesh’s official entry to Oscars in 2019. When we see that, we fell once again in grief.
The 2017 film was released on Netflix, and this modern day infidelity reminds us once again of the sparkling screen presence of Irrfan Khan.
“Do you know when people die? People die when they become irrelevant to the world or when the world becomes irrelevant to them.”
As Irrfan Khan says these lines in the film, we are reminded of the ultimate truth of life, namely death. We also remember the people we lost in our lives and whether this applies to them. In most cases it does, and that is what makes the film difficult. But how is that relevant in the film and for Javed Hasan, a filmmaker whose role Khan plays in the film?
It tells us about the conflict of mind and body!
Doob is a class apart from pointless movies that we see a lot these days, but at the same time, it’s not based on a unique concept that the audience doesn’t know. It is a simple story related to everyday life of how men and women become vicious when they do wrong within the confines of marriage.
A nationwide scandal ensues after Hasan married his daughter’s best friend. He’s parting his first time and the life they built together, who first hate him to the core and then go deaf.
Is it that easy to let go?
While Hasan is always fond of remembering memories from the past, he doesn’t seem so happy in the present. So is it easy for him to keep going? It also seemed easy for his family, who began to hate him after the divorce, to let go.
“Why do you always live in the past? You talk like we have no present.”
When Maya says these lines we are reminded of how we almost always stumble into nostalgia and how memories of the past always make us feel alive. As Irrfan says later, God is ready to let a person die as soon as he or she stops communicating with loved ones. His death proves the same. When his family isolates him completely, he will go to his heavenly shelter. What he said is a different truth of life, isn’t it?
Without melodrama, the film opens the audience’s eyes to reality.
The film, written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, is neither preaching nor overly dramatic. Most of the scenes make the audience think that something has already happened and that tragedy is waiting for them. For example, when Nitu and Hasan share a cigarette, the simple plot shows how much they are in love and how much they long for each other. Although Saberi thinks that her friend seduced her father out of jealousy, it remains a mystery why they might have fallen in love because some things in life have no definitive answer and they are better left unsaid.
Visually enriching film with no hyperactive cinematography that ruins the simple story.
Indeed, Farooki’s film style is different from most New Age filmmakers. He likes a natural and refreshing background score rather than an emotional melody that adds to the melodrama. He prefers to move the story forward at a slow pace rather than opting for hyperactive cinematography and intercuts that would grab the audience’s attention. For him, history does that anyway.
Irrfan Khan adds his own personality to his character to tell us how the void drowns us in the sea of death.
Khan’s Hasan is the main cause of suffering for everyone, but at the same time he suffers himself. In the midst of this chaos with such small dialogues, Khan spreads his magic with his deep eyes and gestures. He does not portray Hasan as a man who is flawed, but as a man who is lonely. He returns his emptiness and drowns in it when he reaches his end towards the end. Hence the title “doob”, which also means drowning.
With the exception of Irrfan, all actors, including Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Rokeya Prachy and Parno Mittra, performed their roles perfectly, as if they had been written for them.
“Death gives back love, respect and honor.”
When Irrfan’s character dies and appears rather ghostly, he says this line, which in turn touches the hearts of the audience. Suddenly his family regrets their anger and hatred. Once again, love is the strongest emotion they feel. They no longer care about love, respect and honor. Hasan’s death may have given them back everything they longed for.
Indeed, it takes a lot of courage to make a film about such large emotional undercurrents without having exaggerated tears in your eyes. However, the film leaves a huge impact on audiences that is difficult to forget and a lesson for life – to live a life without remorse and to love it every moment. The film deals with the important existential question of why happiness never lasts and whether loneliness is a pre-existing human condition. Doob: No rose bed actually leads to looking at and changing the perspective of life.