AMANUSH (2010) Bengali Movie Review

Amanush is a 2010 Bengali Movie starring Soham and Srabonti in lead roles directed by Rajib Biswas. The film AMANUSH is produced by Shree Venkatesh Films. Read the exclusive critic’s review of the movie at CalcuttaTube.

AMANUSH – HALF-WAY HOUSE

Amanush Bengali Film - Soham and Srabonti

Amanush Bengali Film - Soham and Srabonti

The idea of a psychological thriller in Bengali is very good. But to translate that idea on celluloid is equally difficult. The problem with Rajib Biswas’s Amanush is just this. It is a very ambitious project for a comparatively new director never mind the Shree Venkatesh Films banner. It is difficult to resist the temptation to fill the screen with every conceivable logic-defying idea that detracts from the focus of the story – the impact of an anti-social, destructive environment on an orphan boy who has never experienced love in his life.

Defying logic is alright for a potboiler. The story of the orphan Binod who grows up to work the nights at a cafeteria and attends college in the daytime, trying to catch up on lost sleep is just fine. He is an uncouth, unshaven, rustic looking introvert who has no clue about social decorum that makes him a natural victim for ragging. But hope – and love, in that order, appears in the shapely and beautiful form of Ria, a kind-hearted good girl of a police officer who takes this boy under her wings and turns him from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. This is okay too. She thinks she is friends with him but he falls head over heels in love and unknown to her, is prepared to pay any price to keep her to himself. Fine, if that is the story that leads to her father’s angry protests and so on and so forth.

Amanush Soham and Srabonti

Amanush Soham and Srabonti

Till the interval, everything is just fine. The film till this point is a roller-coaster ride with Binod on along his journey to his identity that ends with a scholarship to go abroad for higher studies. Post-interval, the film switches mode from a triangular love story to a psychological thriller. In this genre, no film can hold without logic. Amanush has everything else but. Soham is very promising in a wonderful author-backed role other heroes would bend backwards for. He tends to overdo in some scenes but considering his limited experience, he proves that he can pull a film alone on his handsome shoulders. Shrabonti, one of the most beautiful young women the Bengali screen has seen in recent years, is mostly natural and spontaneous. Towards the end where she needs to be more expressive of emotional drama, all she does is shed copious tears. Her intelligence and wit run contrary to her unsuspecting nature. Newcomer Abhijit Roy as Ria’s persuasive and patient boyfriend is convincing. Good actors like Biswajeet Chakraborty, Dolon Roy and Saswata Chatterjee have been reduced to glamourised ‘junior artistes.’

Jeet Ganguly’s music, both for the songs and the background score, is scintillating and his signature tune for Binod’s psychopathic state of mind is brilliant. The same goes for the lyrics by Gautam Susmit and Priyo Chattpadhyay. The director deserves a pat on the back for the imaginatively designed pre-interval song picturisations. The Mauritius songs are needless intrusions and take away from the electric suspense. Kumud Verma’s cinematography is very good especially in the North Bengal sequences shot almost in natural light. The volleyball violence could have done with some snipping. Strangely, Binod’s glasses remain intact right through the violent fight where he single-handedly fights nearly a dozen young boys.

Amanush  Bengali Film Soham and Srabonti

Amanush Bengali Film Soham and Srabonti

The roller coaster comes sliding down after the interval and so do the film and the audience along with it. Incredible things happen that in no way can justify the script’s endless attempts to rationalise its psychopath hero’s violent and killing ways. The flashback into a tortured childhood in a brick kiln does not match up to his admission in an engineering college where he tops the class. Why does he go back to his ugly duckling bearings? What stops him from going abroad? How did he land up in the Christian orphanage and when? Why didn’t the Father’s kind and loving ways bring about any change in Binod? The climax keeps dragging and hobbling on twisted feet till one is tempted to throw up one’s hand and give up on the film. The post-interval session is as depressing as is the pre-interval phase a dynamic and wonderful experience.

Amanush is said to have been copyrighted from some South Indian hit, not plagiarized. Bengali versions of Southie hits often appeal to the Bengali audience and one hopes this film too will follow suit. Technically, in terms of production values, Amanush is sound. Cinematically, the end product does not live up to the promise made from the beginning till the interval. The closing frame, where the camera zeroes on Ria’s pained expression, is dramatic.

by Shoma A. Chatterji

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54 Responses to “AMANUSH (2010) Bengali Movie Review”

  1. arijit says:

    i want give us lost of biggest hit flim like preem amar & recent amanush

  2. Subhabrata says:

    Very touching movie. Shrabanti looks much more beautiful than other films.Soham’s acting is as usual outstanding. I will give 5/5.

  3. Soumili Chattopadhyay says:

    The songs of amanush r gr8.I liked it.
    Bye……

  4. jit says:

    faltu……bangalira ki sudhu south er copy karaei film banabe….oder nijossta kichui nei….
    fcuk VENKATSH FILM…COPYCAT PRODUCTION HOUSE…sab non-begali ra chobi banale to ar ki expect karbo……

    SAB FALTUBAJI….BHAUTABAJI….worst movie in the history of bengali cinema

  5. jit says:

    KOLIPARAR CHELEDER MOVIE>>>>>

  6. babai paul says:

    good………………………..

  7. Raju says:

    Filmta khub sundar. Amar khub khub khub bhalo legeche.

  8. Abhra says:

    Amanush filmta khub bhalo legeche.Sohom er character ta khub bhalo legeche.

  9. Raju says:

    Shreya ami tomar sathe ekmat. Keo jadi bangla filmer samparke kono baje katha bale tahale amar khub kharap lage. Tomar ki kharap lage na ? Bye….

  10. chiranjeet says:

    Amanush filmta Sohom er character superb.Bye….

  11. ARPAN CHATTERJEE says:

    amar film te bhaloi lagache kintu, ekta kotha mantei hobe j film ta holo south-er copy.
    but indivisually ami bolbo bangla industry ekte boro maper acter pelo. and he is soham.

    • SOMNATH DAS says:

      arpan tumi thik bolecho. amar soham k khub valo lage.r sohamer acting holo suprb.soham sobai k harie dieche.ki bolo arpan???

  12. Anir says:

    I cannot understand one basic thing though… What is the need for COMPLETELY DUPLICATING (including the foolishly dramatic last scene) tamil movie Kadhal Konden.
    It could have been modulated a little :-(

  13. Ayan Roy says:

    it’s a great movie,and the great acting of soham pleased me and the whole audience.
    jara bolche amanush faltu tara manush noi,tarao ekte kore amanush.
    cinema ta puro hriday chue gache,darun cinema……….

  14. sourav mitra says:

    i watch it

  15. sandipta says:

    ei cinemata toooooooooooooo good

  16. aniruddha says:

    director is very bad………soham is execellant….but movie is boaring…

  17. sandipta says:

    ei cinemata south er nokol holeo soham er acting valo.

  18. DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS JARA LIKHECHE AMANUSH SOUTHER KODHAI KONNALER REMAKE…TARA KI SOUTH BOITA DEKHECHE??? WEST BENGALER 95 PERCENT PEOPLE SOUTHER CINEMATA DEKHENI 4 YOUR CONCERN TADER KACHE AMANUSH REMAKE NOI,AR HAIN SOHAMER STUN NING ACTING. . ./SHRABONTIR CLIMAX SCENE..RAJIBER DIRECTION KOKHONO REMAKE HOTE PARE NA……SO FRND BANGLA CINEMAA ROCKS….AMANUSH ROCKS..

  19. Sandy Mitra says:

    Amanush film ta sotti khub bhalo hoyeche,but eta onekta “Darr” er nokol hoyeche and Sohom bapok act koreche…….bye..

  20. abhijit says:

    maye ra ki erokone hoi…?sobaikei ki dokha dai?

  21. Ashok says:

    Can somebody please post me the link of this movie……..ar ami CD dia dekhte parchi na karon ami india te nei..so please keu Movie upload kore link ta ei email id te send koro….raj250824@gmail.com

  22. Biswambhar Sarkar says:

    I have seen the movie, its a different movie and the young director Rajiv had the guts to do this type of movie, I expect more from Rajiv. Soham and Sravanti is Superb.

  23. NIMI says:

    The story of the film is some thing different.Sohom is excellant.I just love sohom.I like the film very much.

  24. partha says:

    Soham ROCKs.

  25. SUMAN says:

    I LOVE YOU SHRABANTIDI…AMANUSH IS ROCKING

  26. Sudipto says:

    Dear all,

    I get to see very rare bengali films, happened to see Amanush yesterday along with my family.

    Soham is firstly the only child actor who I believe has proved himself as an actor for the big screen,

    Srabonti is pretty (twinkle look alike) but cannot emote well in emotional scenes. Soham is a free boy and needs some modulation of the voice, otherwise he did very good in the last scenes.

    The movie could have been more dramatic in the second half, but the director seemed to be confusing and in a rush to finish!!??

    Amanush is 8/10 my rating and good wishes for better Bangla cinema..
    Cheers!!

  27. ANUPAM CHAKRABORTY says:

    AMANUSH IS NOTHING BUT A HUGE FLOP.

  28. Bappa says:

    Hi,
    ekankar somosto comment porar por ami movie ta dekhte gechilam. Moter opor cinema ta kharap noe. But, ekta cinema copy korle ki “Frame to Frame” copy korte hoe??

    Ami original movie puro ta dekhini. But jeteku dekhechi,setuku puro copy korte dekhlam Amanus e. Tobe vaggo valo amader, karon Prosenjit er por Bengali Film Industry te ekjon “Avineta” esech. I hope, Sohom will keep this flow. Srabonti valo…but prochur khatte hobe.
    Jeet Ganguly just rocking….Bengali cinemar gaan j eto change hoeche,tar puro credit kinu jeet ganguly’r prapoo.
    Tobe Venkatesh film k bolob, copy kora bondho kore original golpo nie cinema banale khub valo hoe…..Na hole bangali der matha r o nichu hoe jachche…..

  29. We like the movie very very much.we did not no the movie is Bengali version of south or not As some people said it.If the south thing is true still it is a great movie.Soham show us that he can pull the movie alone and srabonti is the best looking actress in tollywood at present.Music of the Jeet Ganguly is superb spaciali the song O my love.

  30. SOMNATH DAS says:

    AMI AAGE BENGALI FILM KHUB KOM DEKHTAM BUT EKHON BEGALI FILM K KEU BAJE BOLLE AMR KHUB KHARAP LAGE..JOKHN THEKE RAJ CHAKRABARTY ESECHE TOKHN THEKE AMI BENGALI FILM DEKHA SURU KORICHI…NOW PREM AMAR, CHIRODIN TUMI J AMAR & CHALLANGE..IS BEGGEST HIT.AND RECENTLY “LE CHAKKA” IS ALSO A BIGGEST HIT FILM..SOHAM’S PERFORMANCE IS OUT-STANDING.DEV,SRABONTI,KOEL& PAYEL IS INCLUDE ALSO.SO I LOVE BENGALI MOVIE.

  31. suraj says:

    jara bole Amanush tamil sinemar copy kora e- simemar konodam nai, se director gulo e moto sinema banie kotha boluk..

  32. SEKHAR says:

    i m frm tripura state kintu ami loker mukhe sune chi amanush valo hoyeche tai ami kolkatay ase film ta dekhechi.
    sob theke valo laglo tor o my love,monta kore gan 2.

  33. Rupam Sarkar says:

    Sohon Bekar Item .Baje Dekhte Pagoler Acting Korbe Sudhu. .Or THeke Besi Kichu Tolly Pabe Na.Tollyr Best Jeet.

  34. Mahasweta says:

    Ami presently kolkatae thaki na…..so movieta dekhte parini….
    Trailer dekhe ja bujhlam….movieta bapok hoeche……
    Plz karur kache movie r linkta thakle or jodi keu download kore thake to plz mail it to me….i need it badly….
    my mail id is mahasweta.chatterjee5@gmail.com
    ekhane kichujoner sate ekmot hote parlam na….
    amio age prosenjit marka oisob faltu bengali movie dekhtam na…but after seeing chirodini…..i have started watching bengali movies….
    Rahul,Soham,Dev rocksss……so does Raj Chakraborty……
    ‘CHALIYE JAO’ GURUDEV…..:-)

  35. arun deb says:

    Shrabonti is best among the current lot of bengali actresses. She is immensely talented and has amazing voice control. She exudes charms and vivacity. She is gorgeous and has uniquely cute smile.She is female shahrukh khan of tollywood. She has some resemblance to twinkle khanna ( her profile)but shrabonti is only better. Sadly she is underrated and her full potential is still to be exploited. She should be given authorbacked roles (instead of giving them to insipid heroes) or she should move to bollywood .At least that will give her greater exposure.Tollywood does not have star material in actors after mahanayak,mithunda and prasenjeet. However bengali actresses tend to shine in bollywood. Shrabonti should bollywood a try.

  36. ss says:

    eai cinema ta tamil film kadhal koden theke dito copy kora..

  37. JOY says:

    amanush movie ta download korar link jodi karo kase thake plz amake mail kore diben. mailing address: joy143143@yahoo.com

  38. shrabonti r sohom er juti ta khub bhalo lagche… dujonk khub bhalo maniyeche… r sobgulo song khub sundor…. a sober pechone ak joneri haat ache tini holen Raj Chakraborty… r o dekhte chai a rokom hit hit movie……..

  39. SHREYA says:

    Guys, u wont believe but my firends say that I look like Shrabonti…I agree but she is more good looking.

  40. SHAMIM says:

    SRABOTI IS SO SWEET THEN OTHER ANY ACTREES.

  41. linkon says:

    srabonti is my best uvinetri

  42. Abul khayer akash says:

    Bangladeshi onno manush ar amanush puru same but amanush is very beautiful.ending is nice

  43. Samrat Mitra says:

    I Hate Srabanti And Sohom Dotoi Balod.

    Thank You.

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