Biryani. Who doesn’t love it? And Kolkata biryani? That’s a delicacy whoever has had it will swear by. According to food legends, biryani came to the city of Kolkata with the exiled Nawab of Lucknow, Wajid Ali Shah who was given land by the British to settle down in Metiabruz. The khansamas (royal cooks) of the exiled Nawab, who was running short of funds, brilliantly innovated and added aloo to the biryani to make up for the lack of ample meat. The result? A delicious dish. ZEE5 Original film Daawat-e-Biryani, looks like one such delicious dish.
Starring Chiranjeet, Suhasini Mulay, Jayant Kripalani and Sauraseni Maitra in lead roles, this Aditi Roy directed Bangla movie is essentially a love story with various layers. Ronojoy (Chiranjeet) is a student of Farsi. He falls in love with his best friend Mansoor’s (played by Jayant Kripalani) sister Aafreen (played by Suhasini Mulay). They meet away from the prying eyes of others. Only Mansoor’s wife is aware of their love story. Ronojoy gifts Aafreen a notebook which has the recipe of biryani made by the cooks of Wajid Ali Shah. Aafreen, a great cook, uses the recipe to make the most delectable biryani. However, tragedy strikes and Aafreen’s family finds out about their love story. Her brother Basheer threatens to kill her if she dares to leave the house. Aafreen elopes with Ronojoy, leaving the precious notebook behind.
Years have passed and the couple have settled down in Kolkata. They live with their granddaughter Panchali (played by Sauraseni), a hotel management student. Ronojoy gets a heart attack and Panchali resolves to go to Lucknow and look for the lost notebook without which Aafreen could never cook biryani just the way she used to earlier in Lucknow. She ends up staying with Aafreen’s family. Will she be able to recover the lost treasure? Will Aafreen’s family find out her truth? Watch the film to find out.
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