Mone Pode Aajo Sei Din (2011)-Bengali Movie Review

Mone Pode Aajo Shei Din-Bengali Movie PosterDec 19, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Mone Pode Aajo Sei Din is a 2011 Bengali movie directed by Ajay Singh and Sudipto Ghatak with Biswajit Chakraborty, Sayantika, Abhiraj, Moushumi Saha, Joy Mukherjee and others in the cast. Read the Bengali film review at Calcutta Tube.

MONE PODE AAJO SHEI DIN – BOTCHED UP LOVE STORY

Banner: P.B. Films Limited

Produced by: Pankaj Agarwal

Direction: Ajay Singh and Sudipto Ghatak

Music: Indradeep Dasgupta, Debjit and Deb

D.O.P.: P. Bhaskar (Chennai)

Editor: M.Susmit

Script: Priyo Chattopadhyay

Lyrics: Priyo Chattopadhyay, Gautam Susmit and Srijato

Art director: Mridual

Cast: Biswajit Chakraborty, Moushumi Saha, Joy Mukherjee, Sayantika, Abhiraj and others

Date of release: December 9, 2011

Rating: 04/10

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A mixed marriage between a Hindu woman and a Christian man; a reality dance show with corrupt judges drawn from the mainstream; a blind dancer; a young man who suffers from terminal brain tumour; living on to see the world through the eyes of the beloved are the stellar issues in Ajay Singh and Sudipto Ghatak directed Mone Pode Aajo Shei Din. It is a love story that gets botched up in issues not half as important as the fresh young Rahul (Joy Mukherjee) and his beloved, the blind Sunaina (Sayantika).

Apart from the fact that blind girls named “Sunaina” has run out its life in films, the title of the film is a straight give away to its climax – one of them is going to die. This is sad because Joy and Sayantika really made a beautiful pair, adding freshness and naiveté desperately missing in our top heroes and heroines because of their over-exposed image in popcorn movies.

Rahul and his father are more than buddies. They run a two-wheeler race every other day and Rahul wins hands down every time so one day, his father calls it quits. When the reality dance show they are producing for a TV channel begins to show alarmingly dwindling TRPs, they go scouting for new talent. Sunaina is discovered somewhere away from Kolkata by none else but Rahul who picks her up much against her wishes to participate in the show.  She loses out because her closest rival’s father gifts a flat to each of the three judges. She goes back determined never to come back. By then, Rahul and Sunaina have fallen deeply in love. Rahul coaxes her to return to the show. This time, the corrupt judges are replaced by celebrity judges and Sunaina is declared winner. But Rahul is dying of brain tumour just then. Sunaina who does not know about this, rushes to his death-bed to hear that Rahul has kept a surprise gift for her.

No prizes for guessing what the ‘surprise’ gift could be –his sight to his lady love, violating the golden rule in eye donation about the donor and the donee remaining anonymous and the donor having no voice in who he or she should give his sight away to. But that happens in every film so it can be ignored it in a mainstream tear-jerker like Mone Pode. Sunaina, however, does not listen to Rahul’s dying request to marry his friend Bobby (Abhiraj) and begin life anew. Sunaina remains single and dots her days by placing flowers on Rahul’s grave. In this last scene, one tries to find out whether she has regained her sight. But Sayantika being Sayantika who cannot act in emotional scenes l, it makes no difference whether she is blind in the film, whether she has regained her sight, or whether she remains blind till Kingdom Come.

The title song is good but as for the rest, they are best forgotten. The editing is not good. Nor is the cinematography anything to write home about. The scenic locations of Jordan where the dream scenes are shot are mind-blowing. The dances for the reality show needed more practice and perfection though Sayantika has the makings of a good dancer. She must hone her skills in the acting department because she is no match for Joy except for her wonderful screen presence. Joy has the makings of a star – wonderful screen presence, good body language and good acting potential. But he needs a better banner and a good director who can extract the best out of him. Biswajit Chakraborty as his father is brilliant as always though his disco scene is overdone to excess. The director-duo would have done better had they stuck to the love story more than the reality show and other riff-raff. The film is at best, below average.

– Shoma A. Chatterji

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