ZEE5’s Bangla original Water Bottle is a thrilling neo-noir. But what is neo-noir?

ZEE5 continues to push the envelope when it comes to experimentation in stories and genres within the Indian web space. Their recent Bangla original series Water Bottle is another shining example of the fact. When one looks at the trailer of Water Bottle, there is this incredibly thrilling yet creepy vibe that is evident. But as a cinephile, I also felt that series had shades of neo-noir in it. You may ask why? But more importantly, many would think what is neo-noir in the first place? Hence, for those who are unfamiliar with the terminology, let us explore the elements of neo-noir genre and how ZEE5’s Bangla series Water Bottle fits into the definition.

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Elements of Neo-Noir

  • A Cynical and flawed protagonist

As mentioned in the title, cynicism and flaws are the quintessential traits in a neo-noir protagonist. If you further narrow down the traits, you would often see a pattern. For example, many protagonists in the genre would be hot-headed individuals with their fair share of vices. But at the same time, their perception of the world is clearer than others, making them perfect to look into the ignored details of a case and make exciting revelations. In the show too, the protagonist Mringako (Chiranjeet Chakraborty) possess all the aforementioned traits. An alcoholic with anger management issues, Mringako still manages to spearhead the investigation in the series, all due to its intellect and ability to decipher the criminal mind.  

  • Depiction of Crime

In film noir, the predecessor of neo-noir, the central conflict would involve individuals with cynical attitudes and crimes that resulted out of that. Mostly, these would be crimes of passion or revenge or monetary motivation. Either way, it was more of a sociological lens that the film noir genre had in the day. But as the neo-noir genre kicked in the 1970s, there was a shift from a sociological lens to a psychological lens. The crimes became more grisly and were driven by a psychological factor now. In Water Bottle, the character Jyotileshwar (played by Rajatava Dutta) too is driven to murder young kids, due to a twisted mindset that germinated from an incident in his childhood.

  • Use of light and darkness

Cinematography is possibly the most easily distinguishable aspect of the neo-noir movement. Borrowing its predecessor, neo-noir is known for its use of dark visuals to emphasise characters or scenes for metaphorical reasons. Among other stylistic methods, the interplay of light and darkness is more prominently used in neo-noir narratives. Coming to Water Bottle, there are multiple instances where the cinematography’s neo-noir styling is evident. One instance that I recall is when Jyotileshwar walks through a dingy corridor that is lit in sky blue shades. This use of lighting heightens the creepy atmosphere to another level.

To know more about neo-noir, check out this article!

Those were my views on the neo-noir genre and how ZEE5’s Bangla web series Water Bottle employs these genre tropes. Considering the fact that it is a novel attempt in the Bangla web space, you must check out the web series Water Bottle on ZEE5.

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Chapter 1 – The Ugly Truth

They say a pen is mightier than a sword.

With change in time and technology, people would rather pick up a sword then go through the stress of picking up a pen.

As a blogger, your strongest platform SHOULD BE the blog where you talk about your creative ideas and curated details. Like I said, with Instagram turning into a money making platform for influencers and brands, no body has the time and patience to sit down and pen down their thoughts and ideas. I am little old school when it comes to technology – I would rather buy a book, smell it and feel it, than using a kindle to read. Where is the feel? I know it saves trees but technology also in some way creates pollutants unknowingly.

Keeping all this aside I wanted to talk about how the influencer game in India has changed drastically. When I started blogging, it was the all about – good content = good read. Today it’s all about engagement (organic or inorganic). We will talk about organic and inorganic part later. The definition of creativity is dead with only 5% of the bloggers/influencers working hard and bringing the best on the platform that unfortunately goes unrecognized.

Talking about blogging – I make sure I read my blogger friend’s and other blogger’s posts on their platform at-least twice in a month or whenever they post.

When was the last time you read a blog?

 

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As a community, we were stronger and organic. Number game was never something that would even cross our mind. Brands and PR companies always worked organically and wouldn’t discriminate like they do now. My first ever collaboration was a paid collaboration and look how the tables have turned. PR and brands push barter deal because they know they will get what they want. If I don’t agree to the deal, there might be five others waiting for this barter campaign. Do you know why? Because most of the influencers are influencers today because of the freebies. Yes, that’s an ugly truth! I have personally witnessed it and was embarrassed to over hear a conversation regarding the same. Unfortunately, it’s not just with new influencers but already established non-organic influencers do it too.

Don’t ruin it for the other hard-working influencers who have taken up this profession full time and need to monetize the platform to earn a living.

Things have changed but not in the right way.

 

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A Home That Co-exists With Nature

Among the many residential projects in Bangalore, this property in particular caught my attention. Nestled in Sammy’s Dreamland off BIAL (Airport) Road, surrounded by numerous projects, Assetz Earth & Essence stands out like a sight to sore eyes. The project holds true to the Assetz promise of ‘Innovation, Design & Quality.’ This reminded me of how real estate companies have evolved their thinking from basic structural houses to well researched and designed houses. In today’s day and age, the concept of sustainable and eco-living homes are fast growing. With Assetz Earth & Essence, both these concepts are seen throughout the project. Not just the homes but also in the execution of the remaining master plan. For instance, the homes come with sky lights which allow for natural lighting which is uncommon in most row houses. The project also comes with a 1.5 acre Earth club catering to all your leisure and fitness needs such as tennis, organic farming and much more. These are just few of the features/amenities offered.

When I first moved to Bangalore, I had a very different image of the city. Lesser traffic, greenery for miles and a city that automatically made everyone feel like they belonged.

Over the course of time, this sense of belonging has faded away giving way to a fast moving life which has taken a toll not only on our mental health but also on the environment.

After visiting this project, I felt that spark of old Bangalore once again. At Earth & Essence, you get the opportunity to sneak away from the city while still being in the midst of it. It’s the perfect balance of nature and the city life.

 

Memories of Old Bangalore with Earth & Essence

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The property is an amalgamation of natural light, fresh air, tranquilizing scenes of greenery and nature. It provides you with a sense of comfortable living and community lifestyle.

Earth & Essence consists of 75 row houses that range from 3, 4 and 5 BHK homes starting at 2.6 Cr and is located in North Bangalore, which is an up and coming neighborhood, catering not only to the retired but also to the young and restless. Almost sounds like this project is unreal.

I urge you to pay a visit to this marvelous project when you have time on your hands. And yes, it’s worth the drive.

Experience a simpler yet richer way of living only at Assetz Earth & Essence!

For more information, you can head on to their website – https://www.assetzproperty.com/earthandessence/

 

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The Secret Project

 

Few days back I came across this Instagram profile via a blogger friend who had recently collaborated with them. The sari dress caught my attention and took me directly to their website.

The story behind The Secret Project is captivating and awe-inspiring. Their aim is to work in NGO’s and charities that help empower women. Not just empowering, the organisation that they collaborate with lend a helping hand to women who want to earn a living but find it difficult to find opportunities. They have created a positive and joyful community centers for women to help and support them. Other than the Sari dress that they market, another unique concept that they make is the secret pillow that opens up as a fold-able quilt. Isn’t that amazing! Who could have thought of that but these women did it. If that isn’t stirring, I don’t know what is!!

I got my hand on this easy breezy sari dress that these women make. All the sari dress that they sew are trouble-free and simple. The designs are spunky and pretty. The material that they use are saris that we have always seen lying in a corner in our mother’s wardrobe. They have different materials like cotton, georgette, silk and options to choose from on their website on a very reasonable price. It gives you peace when you know that someone will benefit from the money spent on something good.

I styled this peachy cotton sari dress with a white shrug. The material is so soft and breezy that even after layering I could beat the Bangalore summer effortlessly. A perfect outfit to absorb the torpor.

What do you think?

 

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