April 14, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Love Birds is a 2011 Bengali movie directed by S. K. with Subho, Arunima Ghosh, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Supriya Devi, Dulal Lahiri and others in the cast. Read the Bengali film review at Calcutta Tube.
LOVE BIRDS – THAT FLEW FROM THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Production: Sarkar and Sarkar Productions
Direction: S.K. (Bangalore)
Story and screenplay: Subrata Sarkar
Music: K.M. Indra (Bangalore)
Lyrics: Priyo Chattopadhyay
Cast: Subho, Arunima Ghosh, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Aditi Sinha, Supriya Devi, Dulal Lahiri, Sumit Ganguly, Bhola Tamang, etc.
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Whether one writes or does not write a review does not generally make a difference to the box office pickings of a film like Love Birds. It is basically a triangular love story that has done the rounds of film history for many years and still rides high in popularity. But it is the making of a film that determines its quality and watchability. The making is a complex because it involves the acting of the main cast, the essence of the story, its technical support in the form of cinematography, editing and so on and for any Indian film, the music and songs too.
Love Birds is all about the diaspora Bengali returning to his roots to see his grandmother and also attend a board meeting of his company based in the US of which he happens to be chairman. The new hero Subho whose launch pad this film is supposed to be, plays Raj Kumar, the honcho who comes from US. How he sustains his position as chairman of a multi-national firm without doing any work or even dressing the part are questions left to the guess-work of the audience. Poor new hero is burdened with a dopple-ganger role, sort of, where he splits his name to fit into two different characters – Raj and Kumar to prove to Tina (Aditi Sinha), the girl he has fallen in love with, that he can make it on his own. But there is the third angle to this triangle. She comes in the name and style of Koli (Arunima Ghosh) who helps him find a job in a jewellery store and promptly falls in love with Raj while Tina is waiting in the wings for her lover boy to come back. Tina, by the way, is the daughter of Raj Kumar’s local regional manager Devraj Mullick.
One feels genuinely sorry for these brand young men and women who step into the glamour world of films without knowing the A-B-C of the world, leave alone acting. Subho and Aditi are two brilliant examples. They lack grooming (director, please note), lack poise and sophistication their characters demand, lack in dress sense and do not have a clue about the art and craft of acting. The few English lines they need to deliver reveal their ignorance about the language. It is a pity that they are pitted against such wonderful actors like Sabyasachi Chakraborty AND Supriya Debi wasted in a stereotypical roles which throws up the contrast between the new and the old all that more in relief. Arunima Ghosh is the sole saving grace of the film who puts in as much as she possibly can into the sketchily scripted character or Koli. The song-dance numbers fail to lift the spirit of the film in any way. One is happy to see Arunima on the big screen after a long time. At the same time, one feels sad that the kind of films she features in is no help to her career as an actress. Does she lack choice or does she lack in judgement? The Bangalore link is a mystery. The songs are no good either.
This film is one case where the Love Birds flew the metaphorical cuckoo’s nest. Remember Jab We Met along similar lines? The third angle of the triangle in this film remained out of the visual frame for a long time but what a brilliant film filled with logical gaffes!
– Shoma A. Chatterji