Oct 12, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Phande Poriya Boga Kande Re is a 2011 Bengali film directed by Soumik Chattopadhyay with Soham, Srabonti, Dipankar De and others in the cast. Read the Bengali movie review at Calcutta Tube.
PHANDE PODIYA BOGA KANDE RE – COMEDY AND VIOLENCE PUNCH
Banner: Shree Venkatesh Films
Direction: Soumik Chattopadhyay
Music: Jeet Ganguly
Choreography: Baba Yadav (Mumbai)
Cast: Soham, Srabonti, Dipankar De, Koushik Chakraborty, Rajat Ganguly and others.
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B005M2ACFE” display=”inlinepost”]“The Trapped Boga Keeps Crying” is the rough translation of Phande Poriya Boga Kande Re, the long title of this film. “Boga” is an absurd metaphorical name for vulnerable guys who find themselves trapped in a no-exit situation. It is borrowed from a Bengali proverb or idiomatic phrase. Soham, in his first role in an out-and-out comedy, plays the poor, simple and orphaned Raju. He suddenly gets a letter one day that informs him about a plot of land his father had left behind in a fictitious village called Koyalgunge. He sets off against the advice of a kindly neighbour. On his way, he befriends a very pretty girl called Mishti (Srabonti) who, it turns out, is the daughter of the head (Dipankar De) of the family where Raju is headed.
The family virtually runs a police state where their way of throwing their weight around and demonstrating their power is simple – elimination of the person concerned. But they cannot kill inside the mansion because there is the ancestral family Goddess that does not allow blood-shed. Raju learns this only after he has stepped into the courtyard. The rest of the film is about how Raju keeps inventing devious ways of not stepping out and how the family of goons that is hell-bent on eliminating Raju and find out ways of making him come out of the house so that they can finish him off.
The film is filled with hilarious moments and sequences that will entertain the mass audience greatly. The credit for this goes squarely to Soham who puts in a sparklingly fresh and funny performance and dances well too in his image of a very ordinary and simple boy who is scared out of his wits with the threat of death hanging over him like Damocles’ sword. It feels good to finally meet a hero who is timid of his opponents, does not sport a six-abs body and is like most young men of his age. The love angle is secondary to the main plot hinged on family feud and revenge but that is what keeps the film from dragging its feet over the footage. Dipankar De is in his powerful element mingling comedy and villainy with a lot of fun. Koushik as one of his sons tends to overact but Srabonti is natural and has the glam to pull this kind of film through with a lot of chutzpah.
Jeet Ganguly’s music is a high point of the film and the highest point is the item number performed by Srabonti accompanied by Soham. Tui Amar Coca Cola has both words Munni and Sheela woven into the lyrics without Srabonti having to resort to an abundant skin show. The entire item number was shot in Mumbai and is lavishly mounted. Her jhatkas and matkas may not be very sizzling and hot but have an air of freshness in them.
Towards the climax, where Raju tries to evade his chasers on his bicycle is very well choreographed. The bicycle having its own ‘voice’ dubbed by funnyman Kanchan Mullick is a very good original touch. There is not much by way of a challenging camera or imaginative art direction except for Raju’s very modest home back in Kolkata. For a debut-making director, Soumik Chattopadhyaye proves that he can make a film that will appeal to the masses and will also make them laugh.
– Shoma A. Chatterji