Prem Amar (2009)-Bengali Movie Review-Preview-First Look
Prem Amar is a 2009 Bengali Film by Raj Chakraborty, famous for Chirodini Tumi Je Amar and Challenge. Soham and Payel has come together in a romantic love story. Read Review, interviews, watch trailer, stills and ratings of the Bengali Film.
Review 2: PREM AMAR – UNABASHED ENTERTAINMENT
- Banner: Shree Venkatesh Films
- Direction: Raj Chakraborty
- Screenplay: Abhimanyu
- Music: Jeet Ganguly
- Lyrics: Priyo Chattopadhyay, Gautam Susmit and Anindo
- DOC: Kumud Verma (Mumbai) and Somak Mukherjee (Ladakh)
- Editor: Rabi Ranjan Maitra
- Cast: Soham Chakraborty, Payal Sarkar, Laboni Sarkar, Biswajit Chakraborty, Supriyo Dutta and others
- Date of Release: October 9, 2009
- Rating: 7/10.
Raj Chakrabortyis unapologetic about his brand of popular entertainment. With three feature films in his kitty, he has understood the pulse of his whistling and cheering Bengali audience, felt that young romance will sell and done the needful. He has proved his power to keep the theatres packed to capacity with the audience craving for more.
Shree Venkatesh Films armed themselves with the legal copyright of a 2004 Tamil and Telugu. The result is Prem Amar. 9/G Rainbow Colony was simultaneously released in Telugu as 9G Brindhavan Colony. Both were thumping hits. Prem Amar is an exact copy of the original story, characterization and chronological narrative. Yet Raj, with his clever sleight of hand – meaning language, culture, lifestyle and treatment, has turned it into a Bengali film. This ingenuity marks him apart from other mainstream directors following the same ‘South Indian copy’ routine but without the same commercial impact.
Robi is a wayward, street side loafer whose father has written him off as a no-good waster. But Robi sticks his thumb at his condemning father and goes about roaming with his cronies, threatening old people in queues in the milk depot, raising hell in a cinema hall, teasing young girls, and drinking and smoking away to his heart’s content. He flunks his board exams once again and walks out of his home only to sleep on the roof with his galaxy of no-good friends.
Raj and his technical team, that includes the cameraman, the dialogue writer, the production designer, the music director and the lyrics writers, have left no stone unturned to reveal the underbelly of low-middle-class colonies in Kolkata complete with Rabi’s waster friends whose language is uncouth and spills over with cuss words, the opening song belted out with dregs of country liquor, the bus-stop where Robi waits to stare at Ria, the works. Everything changes when the pretty, classy, sophisticated and dignified Ria moves into the same dilapidated building where Robi stays. She belongs to a class much higher than Robi but the family had to move in because of the financial collapse of the family.
Soham Chakraborty as Robi and Payel Sarkar as Ria sparkle with the freshness of youth, vigour, energy and their magic chemistry. Yet, they are so different. The supporting characters have complemented them ably. The family scenes in both homes, shorn of cinematic frills and soppy sentiment, are drawn out very well. Jeet Ganguly’s music and lyrics by the trio of Priyo Chattopadhyay, Gautam Susmit and Anindyo define another character in the film with the nine song tracks vibrating through the cinematic space. The choreography and scripting of the opening song is second only to the lovely Jaagorey number by Anindyo.
The rest of the film is about how Robi tries to chase and woo Ria in his crude, coarse way and how the initially disgusted Ria who even throws up when she realises she has touched him without knowing, begins to respond. She warns that he will have to change himself if he wants to marry her. Robi gives up on academics but Ria hits on his command over the mechanics of two-wheelers. Robi lands a job in a garage and hands over his first pay-cheque to his father. But Ria knows that she can never marry Robi because the her family’s survival depends on her marriage to Rajeev. So what does she do? She decides to consummate their love and runs away to a guest house to make love to him. In a beautifully choreographed scene shot on the double bed of a guest house, the two make love, off-screen. “Today, we will only talk and share time with each other and tomorrow, we will go our different ways. I want you to live with the memory of this night,” she tells him. The next morning, as the two get into a heated argument, Ria rushes out to the streets, gets run over and is crushed to death. Robi tries to commit suicide, but realises that he will have to live on with his memories of Ria. The aggressive sexuality of a restrained, subdued young girl peels off the hypocrisy of Bengali middle-class morality for good. Ria has outstripped Robi in this low-key, underplayed scene.
So what’s wrong about the film? It is too long and drags the climax till it loses all sense of logic. The dream scenes in Ladakh are expendable. The violence in two scenes, the one where Rajeev’s hired goons bash up Robi in broad daylight on the street and again, when mobs gather to beat him up in the climax for holding up the traffic go over the board. The editing, with due respects to the talent of Rabi Ranjan Maitra, is surprisingly patchy at places where he allows the moon to divide two shots, or uses a sunrise perhaps. The background score is a bit too loud. The ghost touch just does not belong and the end is inconclusive. Otherwise, Prem Amar should mark Raj Chakraborty’s hat-trick in hits. Watch it for the unadulterated entertainment it offers.
Review 1: Prem Amar Bengali Movie
The wait is finally over.The much-hyped third directorial venture of Raj Chakraborty has finally released.Whether it can match the success of “Chirodini tumi je amar” and “Challenge”, only time will tell. But,how good a movie is “Prem Amar”?
Story: Rabi (Soham), the protagonist, lives in a railway colony. His life is all about fooling around with friends, teasing girls , smoking or getting drunk at night. He has already failed four times in H.S. examination and he does not even think of career. At this juncture,a girl Ria (Payel)comes to live in his colony and rabi falls head-over-heels on her. But, Ria’s parents want her to marry family friend Rajib,who also financially support their family. Although Ria ignores Rabi at first, but soon they become good friends. She motivates him to change his lifestyle and gets him a job too. But, Ria’s family
stands against this relationship. Against all odds, one night, Ria and Rabi meet and spend together. In the morning, Ria aanounces she will marry Rajib to support her family. This leads to a quarrel, Ria departs but faces an accident and dies while Rabi gets injured.After recovering, Rabi tries to kill himself but Ria’s soul makes him realize the need for him to glorify their love.
The first hour or so of the movie completely blows you away as director Raj Chakraborty brings out the true features of colony life to reel, you relate to Rabi and his friends instantly,laugh at their antics and Rabi’s efforts to impress Ria. Abhimanyu’s script (with punch of sex comedy) and the song ”Ku ru ku ku” ably support the flambuoyant direction. But,once the story drifts from comedy to serious tone, you find the magic wearing off ,your patience tested, the script slackens and the sequences start becoming unrealistic. The end is heart-touching, but one can’t shove off this feeling that the ending
is forced, and does not go with the script at all.
About the performances, Soham is convincing as Rabi, though his voice is a big drawback. Also, he needs to work on the emotional scenes. Payel ,however, fails to impress, most of the times, she remains expressionless and never relly gets to the skin of the character. The rest of the cast play their roles convincingly. Jeet Ganguly seems to preserve his best for Raj Chakraborty, the tracks are full of variety and well placed. The cinematography deserves special mention, specially for portraying Ladakh as never seen before. No doubt, this movie is Raj Chakraborty’s movie-from the light-hearted beginning to signature tragic end, and though I would give Chirodini more marks,Prem Amar surely is no-nonsense movie.
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