HRIDAYE LEKHO NAAM – RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN
Shoma A. Chatterji
- Presented by: Giniya Entertainment World
- Produced by: Gautam Saha
- Direction: Dayal Acharjee
- Music: Gautam Ganguli
- Lyrics: Gautam Susmit
- Editing: M. Susmit
- Cast: Mrinal Mukherjee, Rita Koiral, Gautam Saha, Mousumi Saha, Biplab Chatterjee, Monika Bedi and others
- Rating: 1/10
Hridaye Lekho Naam uses an item number by Monika Bedi with the hope that it would perhaps pull the audience to the empty theatre. It does not because the item number is very badly executed, choreographed and positioned within the script. The cinematography does not respect the number either. The actual dance number is constantly intercut with the new heroine gyrating on the dance floor. Much of the front benchers have probably never heard of Monika Bedi and she has lost her glamour over the weathering time has lent to her looks.
As the film unfolds from one terrible scene to the next, you discover that the name of the cinematographer and the art director is not mentioned in the publicity brochure and the proceedings when the film begins are so chaotic that you cannot get to read the credits. The reason is not far to seek. If the term ‘cinematography’ is backed by the dignity it brings to the one who creates the visuals for a film. Hridaye Lekho Naam did not need a cinematographer and the end product proves this again and again. The camera keeps dancing all around drawing circles of 360 degrees every time there is a song-dance number.
The brochure does not give the names of the story and screenplay writer too. The hero does not have to do anything other than picking up fights with local eve-teasers or dancing away with his friends. He falls in love with the new entrant into the neighbourhood, an affluent and spoilt only daughter who is engaged to a man she is ambivalent about. One minute she is sweet and syrupy and she says he is not a good man the next minute. That is because, in the interim, she has fallen in love with that good-for-nothing boy with terrible looks and no source of earning at all. The boy plays the mouth organ and the tune is a straight pick from the one Amitabh Bachchan played in Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay. The boy’s parents are not worried that the boy is a good-for-nothing. Parents on either side hate the idea of the two tying the knot and what is supposed to be a hilarious climax, comes with a sigh of relief you can almost hear form the audience. One of the sighs is yours.
Gautam Saha, the producer, tries to fill his starry aspirations by writing himself into the film as the local club leader whose wife is always preened and dressed as if she is about to step out. He projects a hail-fellow-well-met air with the youngsters that do not suit either his age or his image in the film. He should have chosen a better script, a better cast and a better team. Congratulations to the veteran actors who have put in the best they could to a film they accepted probably for the money. They have transcended their financial needs with their acting. Hats off to Mrinal Mukherjee, Mousumi Saha, Biplab Chatterjee and Rita Koiral. The script does more justice to their characters than to the lead pair and the local club leader. One rues the day one decided to review films when one gets to watch films like Hridaye Lekho Naam, a title which is an arbitrary afterthought as it does not fit into the scenario one bit.