Sept 22, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Dujone Milbo Abar is a 2011 Bengali movie directed by Alok Roy with Jack, Rupsha Mukherjee, Dulal Lahiri, Biswajit Chakraborty and others in the cast. Read the Bengali film review at Calcutta Tube.
Producer: Tarachand Dhanuka
Director: Alok Roy
Story: Sadhan Pal
Cinematography: Debashish Roy
Music: Ashok Bhadra
Editing: Tapas Chakraborty
Cast: Jack, Rupsha Mukherjee, Dulal Lahiri, Santana Basu, Biswajit Chakraborty, Moushumi Saha, Kharaj Mukherjee and Kalyan Roy
Date of release: September 16, 2011
[ReviewAZON asin=”B005M2ACFE” display=”inlinepost”]Can you guess what happens when a relocated and modernized version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is placed in a blender with the cliché of the heroine losing her vision? But who keeps waiting for her lover when the script is handled by a director who still has a long way to go to even hone his skills in direction? The answer lies in Dujone Milbo Abaar directed by Alok Roy. The script is not as hackneyed as the film turns out to be, barring naming a heroine who goes blind Rajani, meaning night, meaning darkness.
Rajani (Rupsha Mukherjee), the daughter of the local councilor, is a shrew, or rather, an upbeat, modern version of the Bandit Queen. She calls the shots in college. The boys are literally terrified of her and hide behind bushes when she arrives. She is dressed like a shrew too – tight jeans with a scarf tied around one knee, hair tied back, head thrown back arrogantly, chest thrust a bit too much forward who thinks she can do anything she wants because she is the spoilt rotten daughter by her father (Biswajit Chakraborty). Back home, she makes the crockery fly if tea is not served in her special cup while her mother continues her Pooja without raising an eyebrow.
But when Arjun (Jack) steps into her life, she meets direct confrontation for the first time. Lo and Behold, after a few initial hiccups, Rajani falls head over heels in love with him. Arjun keeps a distance because he is scared of what she might do to harm him but pretends to be in love. Does love really happen? Not for Arjun who heaves a sigh of relief when his new job takes him miles away from Rajani, now sari-clad, demure and soft, very much in love. To buy time and keep her at arm’s length, he places a condition – she must come first in her graduation examinations.
Arjun does not open a single letter Rajani writes to him and does not come home for around two years. When he does come back learning of her complete dedication to him, everything is hunky dory after some misunderstanding. Jack who has had a reasonably successful career as a television actor, flounders miserably in his big screen debut. His body language is spoilt by a pronounced stoop. He cannot perform song-dance numbers and wears more or less the same expression on his face right through the film. Rupsha as Rajani is comparatively better in terms of performance and will flower well under better directorial supervision. She tops the university exams but loses her vision in a freak accident shot as if the camera is handled by an amateur cinematographer. The backdrops change suddenly within the same scene. There is no continuity in the dress scenario for Arjun or Rajani and the editing is really, really bad. The songs are terrible and so are the lyrics. The indoor scenes are orchestrated and designed like episodes from television serials. Detailing is bad as the word ‘eve-teasing’ is grossly misplelt on the college blackboard. The teaching in the college is confined to empty benches and the principal’s (Debraj Roy) office where all he does is discuss Rajani with two colleagues or privately tutor Rajani when she pleads him to.
So isn’t there anything good about this film? Of course there is – the very good performances of the supporting cast – Dulal Lahiri, Santana Basu, Biswajit Chakraborty, Mousumi Saha and Kharaj Mukherjee make the film somewhat watchable. If the ‘abaar’ is a suggestion of a sequel in the offing, please keep away.
– Shoma A. Chatterji