April 13, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Run is a 2011 Bengali film directed by Swapan Saha with Rahul, Priyanka, Abhiraj, Arnab, Biswa, Pamela and others in the cast. Read the Bengali movie review at Calcutta Tube.
RUN – RUN AWAY FROM THIS FILM AS FAST AS YOU CAN
Produced by: Pradip Bharadwaj
Presented by: Ashadeep Pictures Pvt Ltd
Directed by: Swapan Saha
Story, Screenplay& Dialogue: Manjil Banerjee
Lyrics: Gautam Susmit
Music: Ashok Bhadra
Cast: Rahul, Priyanka, Abhiraj, Arnab, Biswa, Pamela, Shinjini, Ramen Roychoudhury, Arpita Baker, Debraj Roy, Santana Basu and others
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Why director Swapan Saha and his writer Manjil Banerjee decided to call the film Run one does not know. But if one looks back, the title was perhaps metaphorically given in anticipation that the audience that flock in to watch the film will want to run to the nearest exit not to go to you-know-where or to buy popcorn and chips but back to the quiet comfort of the home. As if one was not enough, to make matters worse, the film has three heroes and three heroines. The script and the story keep the way the story wobbling on its knees all the time threatening to fall. One of the characters, the good-hearted but weak in brain-power Ghana actually loses a leg in the end!
Basically, Run is about male bonding and friendship where three friends pull out all the stops to help another friend realise his dream of marrying his true love, the daughter of his father’s political opponent. Jit (Rahul) is the leader of the gang, Riki (Abhiraj) is in love with Barsha, the only daughter of a rich man while Ghana (Biswa) is a side-kick who is slightly stupid but physically very strong. Jit’s girlfriend Megha (Priyanka) has given up studies after Class VIII and is busy hogging whatever she can lay her hands on like Ghana, the sidekick. Her father has no problems about her intention to marry Jit but on condition that Jit bags a government job. Obviouly, he does not because getting a job, government or no government, is not at all a priority.
The three friends Jit, Ghana and Riki are hell bent on seeing that their friend Arpan (Arnab) gets married to Pushpita (Shinjini) but their angry parents promise to avenge the friends. Riki loses hearing in one ear while Ghana’s leg has to be amputated to let him live and all this in the name of friendship. After all this tragedy, they are shocked to find that Arpan and Pushpita have decided to go for a divorce because they are not getting along after a leisurely honeymoon Jit again bends backwards to bring the estranged pair together not bothering about is own career or love life or marriage or whatever. The three heroines are reduced to funny cameos specially Shinjini who is little more than a glamorised ‘extra’. The music is no good, the songs are forgettable and the editing is horrendous complementing the camera that does not know what it should do when and why. The detailing is also not taken care of as some posters and banners in the hospital Ghana is admitted to show the wrong English clearly where, among other gaffes, ‘smiling’ is spelt with a double ‘l’ and ‘meeting’ is spelt with one ‘a’ instead of two ‘e’s.
It is sad to see talented actors like Rahul and Priyanka waste away in films like this. More tragic is the directorial work of an experienced filmmaker like Swapa Saha whose films, though thoroughly commercial and too much in the face, were thumping box office hits. This film barely managed to fill one week. Besides, the basic theme of ‘friendship’ got botched along the way and one was left wondering why the film was made at all!
Shoma A. Chatterji