Sept 28, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Raja Gaja No Problem is a 2011 Bengali film directed by Arindam Basu with Dwijen Banerjee, Ratna Ghosal, Satyaki Tarafdar, Anusree, Sudipa Basu, Debolina Dutta and others in the cast. Read the Bengali movie review at Calcutta Tube.
RAJA GAJA NO PROBLEM – REALLY?
Produced by: Indranil Sen
Script, lyrics, direction: Arindam Basu
Camera: Pintu Shee
Music: Indranil Sen
Art Director: Samir Kundu
Editor: Sougata Roy
Cast: Dwijen Banerjee, Ratna Ghosal, Satyaki Tarafdar, Anusree, Sudipa Basu, Debolina Dutta, Debraj Roy and Raja and Gaja
Date of release: September 16, 2011
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B0057XXJKI” display=”inlinepost”]Raja Goja No Problem has been taken from a television comedy that was reasonably popular. But the film version should never have been made. Raja and Gaja are cousins of which Raja is an orphan brought up by Gaja’s parents who are his uncle and aunt. The two flee from a forcedly arranged marriage of Raja by his father with a girl called Beauty who however, develops a soft corner for Gaja. They arrive in Kolkata to make their future – Raja wants to become a hero of Bengali cinema while Gaja wants to be a playback singer. The topsy turvy world of Raja-Gaja and the adventures and misadventures they go through should have made for very good comedy. But the depression of sitting through two-and-odd hours of screening time in an empty theatre (Indira) with the ushers for company gets deeper as you watch the film.
The actor who plays Golok Babu cannot act without putting on the wildest facial grimaces one can imagine. Just having to watch him is an exercise of pain. You come out at the end of the film without knowing what he really looks like without the grimace. One would have understood his problem if it was explained away through a facial tic or a psychological mannerism. But this film is not interested in explanations of any kind. Debolina Dutta plays a con-woman named Nancy and her appearances in the film are signatured with an awful Japanese tune in the backdrop. Her secretary Fancy played by Anindo Banerjee is equally bad. Nothing seems to make sense in this film which sometimes is a positive quality of celluloid comedy. Here, it works in reverse – it makes everything unwatchable.
Anusree is such a soppy and tearful mother’s baby that one wonders if she is mentally retarded. She does not even know that her daughter is hanging off the terrace and might fall any minute. Why she is bothered about her husband, Golok Babu’s keen eye for Nancy is a mystery because any other woman would have jumped at the chance of getting rid of an ever-grimacing husband so easily. The astrologer Hastaraj is another pain in your you-guess-where. The disguises Raja-Gaja wear are deliberately transparent but there is no comedy in it. The dialogues are either inaudible or hazy and one can get the hang of the story only if one has read the synopsis beforehand. The interiors are flat in colour while the exteriors….well…it does not matter, does it? Dwijen Banerjee, Ratna Ghosal and Sudipa Basu are the only saving graces of this very bad and badly made film.
– Shoma A. Chatterji