Review: BOLONA TUMI AMAAR– DEV’S SHOW ALL THE WAY
Producers in Tollywood now have a sure-fire box office star on their hands. He is a real hunk who stands six feet tall, has rippling muscles, the bubbling, irrepressible and fresh charm of youth on his side and is ready to put in tons of hard work. He does not even have to bare his body like you-know-who in Bollywood to invite those cat-calls in the audience among men and women. The minute he appears on screen, the full house rises in chorus to shout “Dev, Dev” at least for two minutes. In short, Dev has arrived.
Banner: Surinder Films
- Direction: Sujit Mandal
- Screenplay and dialogue: N.K. Salil
- Lyrics: Priyo Chatterjee and Gautam Susmit
- Cinematographer: Kumud Verma
- Editor: Rabi Ranjan Maitra
- Music: Jeet Ganguly
- Cast: Koel Mullick, Dev, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Mousumi Saha, Tota Roychoudhury, Bharat Kaul and others
- Date of release: 15th January 2010
- Rating: 6/10
In Bolona Tumi Amaar, a one-liner that comes only towards the end of the film when his lady-love utters the words to bring him back to his powerful self, he outshines everyone else not necessarily with his acting prowess, which still leaves room for mature and serious performances, but with his sense of timing for the one-liners he delivers (thanks to N.K. Salil) in his inimitable style, his stylized body language, and his unusual approach to the girl he hates to fall in love with but finally does.
Madhurima (Koel Mullick) is a medical student, the only child of a high-ranking police officer (Sabyasachi Chakraborty) and doting mother (Moushumi Saha). Abhishek (Dev) is an orphan who journeys from north Bengal to Kolkata in search of a job. The two meet on the way and get at loggerheads at once. From then on, there is no love lost between the two. But circumstances throw them together again and again till they surprisingly find themselves signing on the marriage register to become man and wife. Abhishek gets a job at a pizza place as a delivery boy not on the strength of his degree but on his muscle power he labels ‘calma’ whatever that means. Madhurima’s father feels doubly betrayed. Firstly, because his daughter has married a pizza delivery boy and secondly, the strapping young police officer Soumyadeep (Tota Roychowdhury) who he had chosen for Madhurima, is the one who engineered the marriage. Soumyadeep also gives them the flat he had purchased to shift into after marriage to live in till they have one of their own. Abhishek sticks a long red cello tape down the middle of the flat and along the walls of the living room to divide their respective areas – “India” and “Pakistan” but promptly breaks the border himself by dancing on the line and crossing it cheerfully with a song-dance number. Madhurima looks on helplessly as her girlfriends cross over to the other side, charmed by Abhi’s ‘cut-piece’ number. The lyrics of the song are funny, the music is upbeat and the execution is a real scream. The purity of dance is no question here.
As things get hotter, Madhurima’s grades begin to fall and she lets off steam by throwing Abhishek out of the flat for not having lived up to his promise of helping her fulfill her dream of topping the medical exams and for doing nothing about the divorce he had promised her within one year. Abhishek lands up with his pizza place cronies. The action escalates. Madhurima pores over her books but there is no money to pay the hefty examination fee. Her friend tells Abhishek and lo and behold! He approaches a stunt master he had known before to do stunts for feature films. The money is good but the stunts are dangerous. Madhurima’s fees are paid, she tops the exams, gets her degree but Abhishek lands injured in hospital, hurt while performing a dangerous stunt. Madhurima who, by now, has awakened to her love for the pizza boy, is put behind bars by an avenging policeman her father had suspended for six months for his abusive ways but who has now resumed office. He brings a charge of soliciting and arrests her. The father looks on helplessly because he has retired. Abhishek rushes from his hospital bed to do the rescue act, is bashed up real bad but revives when Madhurima utters those three magic words – a change from the age-old, clichéd and much-abused “I love you.” A good touch, that. The action scenes are orchestrated and performed very well, specially the last one that fells Abhishek. The stunt-man touch is unusual in Bengali films.
Bolona Tumi Amaar is filled with action and fun that never stops. Tota Roychowdhury is wonderful as Soumyadeep but Sabyasachi looks both tired and bored. Koel has matured but still needs to tone down that shrill voice that does not become the sophisticated screen image she carries. Bharat Kaul as the suspended policeman is good in a brief cameo. But it is Dev as the identifiable, semi-urban, hunk next door who carries the film on his strong pair of shoulders.
To capitalize on the box office value of the Dev-Koel pairing, director Sujit Mandal has cleverly used clips and references from the pair’s earlier hit Mon Maane Naa. So what if Madhurima’s pet poodle Rocky appears in fits and starts? So what if the medical student is poring through a book on engineering physics? So what if Abhishek is delivering a pizza at a shopping mall famous for it’s thickly layered food plaza? So what if the medical college has only one class and one professor? So what if Madhurima’s girlfriends in the medical college look, dress and talk anything but like medical students? So what if Madhurima, a topper, does not even know that the results have been posted on the notice board? Everything fades away into oblivion when you see the serpentine queues waiting outside for the night show on a chilly winter night in Kolkata! The action hero is in. The intellectual romantics are okay for television.
Shoma A. Chatterji