June 30, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Anjan Dutt celebrates the rock revolution of Bengal in “Ranjana Aami Aar Aashbona” with Neel Dutt harmonizing as the music crazy viewers entertain themselves to their heart’s content. Read CalcuttaTube’s exclusive user review of the movie.
Anjan Dutt’s “Ranjana Aami Aar Aashbona” grips the theatres of Calcutta with Neel Dutt once again directing some ever dear tunes that have their charm increased with the picturization. The appeal of the enthralling musicals is heightened by Somlata’s rich and melodious voice accompanied by the veteran ‘Ganwala’ in Suman and the passion of Dutt as rock rolls with Rabindrasangeet with the audience cheering in unison every time the guitar strums.
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B004IURTY8″ display=”inlinepost”]Starting with the hit number ‘Ranjana’, the film journeys through the last few days of veteran rockstar Abani Sen’s life that interspersed with the rise of Ranjana, an aspiring young talent whose gifted voice caught Sen’s attention in a North Bengal college fest. It was only natural that Ranjana wanted Sen to guide her to record her own album. But it was not just for recording that Abani asked Ranjana to visit Calcutta – the philanderer in him got the better of him as he encouraged the orphan girl to come down to the metro city. So it was pretty obvious that Ranjana immediately received a series of shocks as she witnessed the unruly lifestyle of Sen amid his association with smokes-drinks-pills that went hand in hand with his music and his star band, not to mention of the dormant womanizer that had permeated his entire soul. But thanks to his deteriorating health and a curious turn of events that straightened up his teacher-student relationship with Ranjana and soon Abani was obsessed to shape a star out of this raw talent. The rest of his band – comprising of the bassist Hiltuda, the rhythm guitarist Amyda and the drummer Ranada – also took fancy on this rising vocalist and extended all their support to help Ranjana in her uphill task of mounting the lucrative peak of fame.
Well this is more-or-less the gist of the story whose climax sees the established rockstar in Ranjana as Sen breathes his last but the theme appears much deep rooted. This is first felt as Sen starts tutoring Ranjana in the art of songwriting as he expresses his belief in the simplicity of lyrics devoid of any artificial emotion which embraces the melody of life and instills pure delight in the listeners’ hearts. Abani’s study is studded with posters of Elvis and the likes, his closet showcases the Beatles in black and white – the illustrations can never be more direct. He is ecstatic as Ranjana sings Rabindrasangeet where simplicity of the verse is adorned by the relaxed jingle that thrills the heart to the core. Thus he moulds the songs that Ranjana composed which now sees the reality of life and gets a new meaning altogether.
Abani then takes her disciple on a joyride through the city to pick up the tune that chimes through the great heart of the metropolis. The duo strolls through the dingy but romantic lanes of North Calcutta, passes over the barren lands of East with its sprouts of sophistications, pushes past the jolly but jostling crowd of South and finally compiles the notes that the city plays on the calm banks of the rippling Ganges. Thus the city that had once seen the revolution of the Bengali rock culture seems now to witness the birth of the first ever female rockstar to fame – be it fictitious but the concept is no doubt exemplary!
Again a tribute to rock and the city, a more matured enterprise after Madly Bangali, Dutt once again paints his passion with the zeal of the youth. Parno Mitra (Ranjana) can’t be praised enough for the part she played – be it the confused college girl stepping on the deceptive path to recognition or the confident pro signing off autographs for the fans – she excels in both. She is equally brilliant as the exasperated woman fuming on the misbehaving Sen while revering his talent underneath. Parno is the revelation of the movie and no doubt will win many a heart! In the supporting cast Kanchan just outshines everybody else with his portraiture of Elvis, the manager-cum-helper-cum-everything to Sen whose care for the master can never be more earnest – he rebukes him for his follies, loves the child in him and protects him like a big brother. Kanchan is the relief of the movie and in every scene he appears the mood is lightened but the theme is uncompromised. Abir Chatterjee’s short but smart appearance enriches the movie and Usashi also fits perfectly to the role.
Coming to the cast of the quad that makes up Sen’s band, everybody is brilliant in their natural style whenever the setting is for musicals but Nandan Bagchi seems a little bit camera conscious whenever he opens up a conversation while Amyt Dutta needed a bit more dialogues for establishing the character he plays. Lew Hilt is surely much more matured than Madly Bangali and Dutt is as always, every bit natural as the arrogant-obsessive-passionate Abani.
– Anirban De