Saat Paake Bandha (2009)
Saat Paake Bandha is an upcoming Bengali feature film than brings back Jeet and Koel together once again. The film is directed by Sujit Mondal and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films.
Director: Sujit Mondal
Produced by: Shree Venkatesh Films
Screenplay: N.K. Salil
Lyric: Priyo Chattapadhydy, Gautam Susmit
Music Direction: Jeet Ganguly
Venkatesh Films is releasing the much awaited “Saat Paake Bandha” at the end of May which will bring back Jeet and Koel after 3 long years.
Saat Paake Bandha -Jeet Koel Comeback Film Review
Reviewed by: Anirban De
The Storyline of “Saat Paake Bandha”
Rahul, the son of an wealthy but traditional industrialist, returned home to his father after completing his academic career in foreign lands. When the father tries to pursuade him in his marriage he puts up a fantastic condition - that he will marry the girl of his father’s choice and will live as married couple for one year only, after which, if either of the two seems to feel distant from the other, the marriage will be called off. Surprisingly, the traditional father agrees and chooses Pallavi, his PA as the most appropriate bride.
Now Pallavi’s family comprised of her widowed mother, an elder sister deprived of her husband, a younger brother not at all competent for any job and the youngest sister getting pregnant with the boyfriend trying to avoid responsibilities. So Pallavi , just to save her family, accepted the contract much against her wishes and thus began a curious way of life with both of the wedlocked couple leading an unreal lifestyle.
Though both shared the same bed, but Rahul seemed to be oddly insensitive to Pallavi’s emotions. Thus it was not strange that he never cared to celebrate Pallavi’s birthday and his scathing remarks while appreciating Pallavi’s cooking hurt her feelings and duty seemed the only virtue that kept Rahul any closer to his wife. But the artificiality of the story is vividly brought to fore when Rahul, after quickly recovering from a comatose condition, chiefly due to Pallavi’s sincerest nursing, doesn’t hesitate to declare that the next day is the end of their contract term when he will be willingly divorcing Pallavi. Well at this point if the audience thought that the story is nearing a tragic completion, it is only the Intermission that is declared.
In the second half we see that the table turns as Rahul suddenly feels sympathetic to Pallavi and all his passions overwhelms him so much that he rushes to his in-laws’ house and requests Pallavi’s return. But no says the director, and the story goes on with Pallavi now rejecting all the ardent proposals of Rahul, be it him buying all the shares of Pallavi’s new struggling organization just to secure for himself the position of Pallavi’s boss. Surprises seem to be on store for the audience with Pallavi conceiving a child (just imagine that Rahul was in comatose for a pretty long time and the day he recovered, the couple seperated) and now Rahul, in sympathy arranges for an AC bus for her and shifts her office to the ground floor. Now the only thing that remains is revelation and Pallavi invites and insults Rahul in one of the most improbable of settings with Rahul sophisticatedly defending his views.
Finally after all these, the two again reunites in hospital bed after the severely injured Rahul takes Pallavi to the maternity ward (it is clearly indicated in the picture that Pallavi was less than seven months pregnant though she suffers serious labour pains and again when the baby was delivered no sign of immaturity is ever observed) and they celebrate the simultaneous delivery of the child and Rahul’s recovery from his critical condition. Thus family ties are again restored and the happy ending is guaranteed.
Critical Comments on the Bengali Film – “Saat Paake Bandha”
As to the acting, both Jeet and Koel presents a matured performance and Ranjit Mullick is spontaneous though age seem to take a toll on him here. Laboni Sarkar and Locket Chatterjee are also nice in their roles but the rest supporting actors are just mediocre.
Jeet Ganguli‘s music direction is to be commended upon as to the touch of sophistication in choosing the apt locations but personally I feel that to have a more compatible ambience a more traditional site would have served better in certain occasions.
More Little Briefs:
The film is all about complete family entertainment and the story is based on a married couple. Jeet comes to India from U.K and and he is asked to get married to Koel Mullick who is a very homely girl. Jeet, being a NRI. does not want to get married to someone from Indian traditional cultite. He refuses to get married to Koel.
However, somehow he later decides to marry Koel on a contract basis. If he thinks he likes Koel after the contract period, he would extend the contract for more years.
The film has been shoot in Malayasia and Kolkata.
Story Line: The basic storyline is very similar to the Anil Kapoor – Aish blockbuster ” Hum Apke Dil Me Rahte Hain “.
Positive Side: We have been watching too much of extra marital affairs and young romantic films these days, Jeet and Koel would be a relief for all family viewers. A storyline has been tested to work previously. Sujit Mondal from Bikram Bhatt Camp is very capable director to give the film a total makeover and full of Bengali centiments.
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