December 28, 2010, Kolkata/Tollywood (Calcutta Tube): KELLA FATE is a 2010 Bengali Film directed by Pijush Saha starring : Ankush, Rupasree, Surajit, Rajatava Dutta and others. Enjoy the complete Bengali Movie review of KELLA FATE at Calcutta Tube.
Cast and Crew:
- Producers: Pijus Saha, Parimal Saha and S4 Films
- Director: Pijush Saha
- Directorial team: B Satish, Rajib Srivastab, Baba Yadav, Shankariya, Judo Ramu, M. Sushmit and N.K. Salil
- Screenplay and dialogue: N.K. Salil
- Music: Jeet Ganguly
- Lyrics: Priyo Chattopadhyay and Prosenjit
- Cast: Ankush, Rupasree, Surajit, Rajatava Dutta, Supriyo Dutta, N.K.Salil, Biswajit Chakraborty and others
- Date of release: July 10, 2010
- Rating: 1/10
Bengali Film Review: KELLA FATE – SICK!
by Shoma A. Chatterji
N.K. Salil, who is said to have turned around the screen image of Mithun Chakaborty in Bengali cinema in films like M.L.A. Phatakeshto and so on, and is regarded as holding a magic pen in his hand, seems to have run out of creativity. Looks like he persuaded his gullible producers to make a film that would be a clever plagiarisation of his own dialogues in earlier films woven brazenly into the script. Surprisingly, though the press handouts announce that this is the first film ever to have been directed by an entire directorial team, the credits name Pijush Saha as director. Did he by any chance, walk out of the film midway forcing the producers to invent a new director? It does not matter who directed Kella Fate because looking at the end result, the film does not seem to have had any director at all, individually or as a team. The ‘team’ interestingly, is made up of the two fight masters, the screenplay dialogue writer and comic actor, and a few others.
The introduction of two new faces, namely Ankush and Rupasree in the romantic lead, does not mend matters at all. They have absolutely zero screen presence and cannot act to save their lives. All Ankush is asked to deliver is to copy the styles, mannerisms, body language and lines of all top Bengali and Hindi actors from their hit films such as MLA Phatakeshto, Chirodini Tumi Je Amar, Main Hoon Naa and so on. Rupasree is very attractively dusky but is fat and has a wide, catty face that makes her look older than the hero. Good to see that this love-hate duo do not have any money problems whatsoever, never feel hungry at all and have no dearth of clothes even when they are on the run all the time. They have no problems of moving across the landscape without any visible means of transport and are not bothered about working for a living. The hero’s dreams of becoming a super star come crashing down the minute his eyes fall on Pallabi who he falls in love with at first sight.
The storyline is an incredible mish-mash of incidents that either could have never happened or are too crude to make any kind of sense. Surajit as the arc villain Bobby who suddenly turns all wishy-washy and falls in love with his would-be wife is somewhat better in the latter half when he is not glaring into the camera or flaring his nostrils. N.K. Salil does a comic role as an astrologer with the suggestion of a nude scene thrown in that makes yo want to cry and shut your eyes or rush to the nearest exit. Jeet Ganguly’s music is a straight derivation of his own hits from other films he scored the music. This raises questions about whether he was paid for his services or not. The lyrics are hardly comprehensible except the refrain of the title Kella Fate that keeps going almost with every song as a tagline. There is one song where the lyrics talk about the genda phool turning from red to pink! Unbelievable!
The film carries all possible ingredients of a mainstream masala film to make for a spicy dish to attract the box office. There is rape, murder, political and police corruption, romance, item numbers in half sarees and sarees, the heroine getting drenched in river waters, kisses between the lover duo where the girl looks much older than the boy, fights, chases, action scenes, bawdy lines focussing on different parts of the female anatomy directed at the audience to evoke laughter, bicycle chases, comedy, family drama, flashbacks, including song sequences shot in Crab Island on Bangkok. Yet, these fail to work and everyone keeps wishing the film to end. It does not till a full 120 minutes of sheer sickness are over.
The sole saving grace of this terrible film is Rajatava Dutta’s performance as the manipulative, diabolic and corrupt police officer Raghab who manages to reach beyond a very bad script and film and reinforces our faith in him as one of the best character actors in Bengali cinema today.