September 18, 2010, Kolkata (Calcutta Tube): KOKONO BIDAY BOLONA is a 2010 Bengali Film directed by S.K. Muralidharan starring Jisshu Sengupta, Malobika, Uttam Mohanty, Mrinal Mukherjee and others. Enjoy the complete review of the Bengali Movie at CalcuttaTube.
Cast and Crew:
- Banner: P.B. Films Pvt. Ltd.
- Producer: Pankaj Agarwal
- Director: S.K. Muralidharan
- Music: Ashok Bhadra and Bikash Das
- Cameraman: R. Bagwat
- Choreographer: Raju
- Lyrics: Priyo Chattopadhyay
- Cast: Jisshu Sengupta, Malobika, Uttam Mohanty, Mrinal Mukherjee, Manjushree Ganguly, Rajatavo Dutta, Kalyani Mondal, Santana Bose and Chhobi Talukdar
- Rating: 03/10
Mainstream Bengali cinema is constantly reaching out to extend its regional borders. One example of this is Kakhono Biday Bolona directed by S.K. Muralidharan, basically from the South but who is a noted choreographer initially based in Orissa but currently in Kolkata. The cameraman is also not from West Bengal. The very fact that they have chosen to work in Bengali cinema though they do not know the language is commendable. There is also a noted actor from Oriya cinema doing a character role in the film.
Akash (Jisshu Sengupta) falls in love with Varsha (Malobika) at first sight at a marriage reception but loses sight of her almost immediately after. His search for Varsha takes many twists and turns till finally, the two discover that they are made for each other and decide to marry and live happily ever after. But the path of love never runs smooth and the Akash-Varsha love story is no exception. Narrated in a large chain of confusing flashbacks, the central setting of the film is the lavish mansion of Akash’s extended family where he is the center of fun, joy and amusement at one go. The women in the family are eager to know everything about Varsha and as he unfolds his love story in bits and pieces, the film moves so much forwards and backwards in time and place that one tends to lose the thread of the main story.
This is one love story that ends in tragedy as Varsha dies in a freak fight-out between the police and a gangster when she comes to see Akash off at the railway station as he is about to board a train. What happens then to Akash and to his family waiting for him to attend his sister Chhutki’s wedding? To give away the climax would be unfair to the film. It is a story that had a lot of dramatic potential that is virtually lost in the maze of the jazzy set-up and crude designing of Akash’s extended family dressed in garish clothes, always singing and dancing and making merry to its heart’s content. The editing leaves a lot of room for improvement and the rambling script does not help it at all. Rajatavo Dutta, the good-natured but stupid ghar-jamai who keeps his fat wife perennially pregnant is the only saving grace in the entire acting cast other than our own Haradhan Bandopadhyay who does justice to his role as the grandfather of the family. The lyrics fit into the ambience of the film but there are just too many songs that are too loud and too long and too unnecessary. The choreography is an apology at best. Muralidharan needs to tone down his approach and treatment and use some sobriety and low-key treatment for a change. Last but never the least, Jisshu Sengupta, a brilliant actor, would be well advised to choose his assignments with a little bit of care to stay in the place he carved for himself with films like Abohomaan. People in the industry seem to take his talents a bit too much for granted.
by Shoma A. Chatterji