LAJJA (2010) Bengali Film Review: Joy Mukherjee, Moubani Sircar

Lajja Bengali Film Review
Lajja Bengali Film Review

October 25, 2010, KOLKATA (Calcutta Tube): LAJJA is a 2010 Bengali film starring Joy Mukherjee and Moubani Sircar in lead roles. LAJJA Bengali movie is directed by Dayal Acharya. Watching LAJJA is truly and embarrassment.

Cast and Crew:

  • Banner: Tulsi Media Pvt. Ltd.
  • Story and direction: Dayal Acharya
  • D.O.P.: Babul Roy
  • Music: Gautam Ganguly
  • Cast: Joy Mukherjee, Moubani Sircar, Rajatabha Dutta, Dipankar De, Mrinal Mukherjee, Raja Chatterjee and Haradhan Banerjee
  • Rating: 02/10

Review: LAJJA – AN EMBARASSMENT

Coming from a family of magic, Moubani Sircar has the magic knack of picking films that fail to shape and mould her talent to make it attractive, marketable and convincing on screen. Her debut with Prosenjeet as her hero did not play fair with her as the dramatics went to Piyali Sengupta, the director’s wife.  Joy Mukherjee, who did such a wonderful job in Target and looked devastating too, is reduced to a confused young man trapped into rescuing a girl in distress who has lost almost her entire family in a terrorist act. He takes her to a safe location – a hotel room – to hide the tragedy from her. She is a spoilt and pampered girl and gives him a tough time till Cupid steps in silently to build bridges. After a very long time, Dipankar De plays the role of a strict and honest police commissioner and also the heroine’s father who not only does his job well but also does not shirk from nailing the police within his staff for their corruption and connivance with the terrorists. His generous paunch could have done with a bit of pulling in exercises. Poor Rajatabha is getting typed in villainous roles but tries to extract the best when such roles are spiked with his kind of humour. Raja Chatterjee is the only actor who has been given a makeover with different wigs, get-ups and so on. But his terrorist character is not fleshed out and till the end, one fails to get to grips to what the terrorism agenda is all about.

The songs are forgettable because one neither recalls the music nor the lyrics nor their positioning and the picturisation. Haradhan Banerjee is the only one you remember but in Lajja, he too, seems embarrassed about participating in such a shoddy film. Joy Mukherjee’s father launched Joy in Lakshya which did not do too well. He could not draw audience attention in Raja Sen’s Teen Murti either because he was dwarfed by the gigantic personas of Manoj Mitra, Dipankar De and Ranjit Mullick. He pulled himself up to give a very good performance in Target. In Lajja, he does not seem to understand what his role really is and this comes through in his performance.

Why the name Lajja? Is the film based on Taslima Nasreen’s prize-winning novel? Is the leading lady raped and assaulted and therefore the title? Or is this the Bengali adaptation of Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Hindi Lajja? None of these would apply to this film that is amply dotted with blood, gore and violence. “The audience is expected to feel ashamed of what they see,” says the PRO of the film glibly, when asked why this strange name, oblivious of the pun structured into his statement. But in case you do not want to feel embarrassed for having spent hard-earned money on useless tickets, keep away from this film. Please. One rating is for Haradhan and Dipankar De and one rating is for the deceptive poster display!

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