Shotru (2011)-Bengali Movie Review

Shatru-Bengali movie with JeetJune 7, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Shotru is a 2011 Bengali movie directed by Raj Chakraborty with Jeet, Nusrat Jahan, Supriyo Dutta, Biplab Chatterjee and others in the cast. Read the Bengali film review at Calcutta Tube.

SHOTRU – OR JEET?

Produced by: Ashok Kumar Dhanuka and Himangshu Dhanuka

Banner: Eskay Movies

Direction: Raj Chakraborty

Dialogue: Abhimanyu Mukherjee

Music: Indradeep Dasgupta

Editing: Rabi Ranjan Maitra

Cast: Jeet, Nusrat Jahan, Supriyo Dutta, Biplab Chatterjee, Rabi Ranjan Maitra, Haradhan Banerjee, Pradip Mukherjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Dipankar Dey.

Date of release: June 3, 2011

Rating: 6/10

Shatru-Bengali movie with JeetMany years ago, in 1996, I had read a paper on the fan following of Chiranjeevi, then the superstar of Telugu cinema. There were 3000 fan associations with a membership varying between 10 and 500 members, spread across all the three regions that comprised Andhra Pradesh, all of them dedicated to Chiranjeet. He is/was not the only one. Every major hero and heroine has FAs or Fan Associations based on their popularity among the masses in the four southern states.

 

When I went to watch the first-day-first-show of Jeet’s new film Shotru at Bijoli cinema in the South yesterday, I suddenly recalled that old research paper by S.V. Srinivas and began to feel the same air now infecting West Bengal. The ticketed show had been fully booked by the Jeet Fan Club of Kalighat with a massive poster of the star put up above the hoardings of the film. It had a thick garland around it and the crowds outside not only shouted themselves hoarse crying out his name but also had a band in attendance, all geared up in red-and-white tee-shirts with Jeet Fan Club written on their backs. Someone here was really doing good business in tee-shirts. The craze Jeet has created among the Kolkata youth can be compared with the craze the youngsters have for his peer, Dev who reportedly also has Fan Clubs dedicated to him. Neither Uttam Kumar nor his successor Prosenjit has been able to give this third dimension to stardom in the name and style of fan associations.

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[ReviewAZON asin="B004MS75MM" display="inlinepost"]Tee-shirted people were everywhere, shooting out glitter from long tubes into the auditorium and on the screen. But when the film began, they slowly became quiet, only to whistle or give cat-calls in a dramatic scene. And what, pray, was Jeet doing in the film? He is Dibakar Singha, an honest police officer in a small town called Hridaypur where he lives with his father, mother, grandmother and younger sister. He calls himself a ‘lion’ who eliminates his foes. The ‘foe’ or ‘shotru’ in question here is Arjun Sarkar. He considers himself the real ‘sarkar’ or ‘government’ of Howrah where neither the State ‘sarkar’ nor the central ‘sarkar’ has any power to stop him in his nefarious activities  of extorting money from people into construction, or, setting up a kidnapping industry without the government knowing about it. The Home Minister is really a nice guy who is very pleased with Dibakar’s determination to wipe out this social evil named Arjun Sarkar.

 

Dibakar is fleshed out so well in the script and is portrayed so brilliantly by a mature, mellow Jeet that the other characters become flat shadows and blurred images and silhouettes lost in the glare of the sun – Dibakar. The only one we remember other than Arjun Sarkar is the top police officer underplayed subtly by editor Rabi Ranjan Maitra. Even Dibakar’s father, portrayed so naturally by Dipankar Dey, fails to carve a niche. Jeet towers over the film with his powerful presence, introduced with a dramatic pre-credits scene with somersaults and a close-up of his clenched fist slowly opening out to show blood visibly gushing through his veins to his wonderfully worked-out macho biceps. His working out for months to build his eight-abs body has altered his body language, his facial expression and above all, his acting. He is very stylized in his distinct way, giving the lie to the media hype about his having assumed the persona of Chulbul Pandey aka Salman Khan in Dabangg. Dibakar is Jeet and Jeet is Dibakar, serious, solemn, fearless, confident and determined to see his foe vanquished. Supriyo Dutta, hitherto wasted away in inane roles, plays a meaty Arjun Sarkar and invests it with a freshness of appeal, hateful to the core.

 

Yes, there is a love angle with a new babe in the name and style of Pooja performed by Nusrat Jahan making her debut. But it seems synthetic and put-on, almost like an afterthought written into the script half-way through. The girl is very pretty and fresh but she cannot act even in a role that had every potential for her to show more than her bare shoulders in spaghetti-strap dresses and skinny legs dangling out of short skirts. No one knows from beginning to end what she does when she is not chasing handsome young men or playing stupid games with her thunder-thighs kid sister Diya. When a gunshot grazes her arm, Dibakar asks his junior to take her to hospital but does not bother to go along, determined as he is, to chase his enemy. Offbeat locales in Turkey like Istanbul, Antalya, Pamukkalle and Cappodoci were chosen to shoot the song sequences featuring Dibakar and Pooja. They are shot well but really do not jell with the seriousness of the policeman’s character even in dream scenes. The climactic fight and action shot in some remote locales in Jharkhand are touched with realism in an otherwise unreal film. The music by Indradeep Dasgupta is okay.

 

Shotru is a copyrighted Bengali version of the Tamil box office hit Singham in which the police officer was enacted by the heart-throb Surya Shivakumar in the original. Right now, Ajay Devgun is doing the same role in the Hindi version of the film. The dialogue by Abhimanyu Mukherjee has some imaginative and funny catch-lines that constantly draw cat-calls from the fan club members. The cinematography goes through some exciting somersaults and crazy jet-like speed scenes in keeping with the spirit of the film. But the song sequences run flat.  Shotru is entertaining because it is filled with action, adventure and thrills and would have done better without the romance or with a better touch given to it. It is so escapist a fare that you forget the film as soon as you step out gingerly through the crazy crowds. Raj Chakraborty might not be able to touch you deeply with his direction. But who cares if he has the magic touch to keep the box office counters jingling away? And congrats to Jeet for justifying his second-coming with another sparkling performance.

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Shotru-Bengali Movie with Jeet

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29 Responses to “Shotru (2011)-Bengali Movie Review”

  1. TAPAS says:

    KHUB BHALO LAGLO JEET DA. TOMAR ACTING, ATTITUTE, TALKING STYLE ASADHARAN. BUT JEET DA TOMAR AI CINEMA R ADD SANGEET BANGLA TE KANO DEKHA GALO NA, ATA AMI THIK MATO BUZHTE PARLAM NA. TOMAK POLICE LOOK A KHUB E BHALO LAGE.

    I KNOW READ MY COMMENT.

    HI FRIEND HOW R U. MY NO-9153104097 FOR FRIENDSHIP

  2. MILAN,daspur says:

    jeet is only king of tollywood…..jeet is best …..”shatru” break all the record in tollywood….ebare sabai bujhbe jeet ki jinis…..it is ever never seen in tollywood…mind it okkkkk……!!

    • Abir says:

      Tui buru hoisot sala dev.tor baap buru hoyese.tor dev jeet dar paye dhore chomo khabe sala.dev holo jeet dar sishwa.jeet dar thaba 25 mon dev gie porbe brindabon.bojjos sala dev er bachcha

    • Abir says:

      Tui buru hoisot sala dev.tor baap buru hoyese.tor dev jeet dar paye dhore chomo khabe sala.dev holo jeet dar sishwa.jeet dar thaba 25 mon dev gie porbe brindabon.bojjos sala dev er bachcha

  3. jeet buro hoygache abar or babar rool play kora utchit. dev is dev or kache sallu o chance pabe na. sala jeet

    • MILAN,daspur says:

      tor baba buro hoye gech bokachada…………jeet is jeet………kono din o dev patta pabe na…..abar dev er sange sallu er tulona korchis ….khanki magi….galai dari diye more ja…..jeet thakte dev er ekta film o hit khabe na….jeet is king of tollywood…..kichu bujhis cinemar…..baap ke jiggsa korbi khanki magi…..

      • Snehasish Ghosh says:

        Jeet is jeet. Dev to nara choda ore avinoy korar khomota ache. Dev 1no are pagla choda,nara choda,chodon vikari. Jeet ke buro bola tor je bor hoby se hobe 1no are buro choda. Are kichu galagali sunbi magi. Jeet are somporke kono baje kotha bolle tor jiv tene chire nobo.

    • Tanmoy Das says:

      Jeet Er naame Kono Baaje Kotha Bolle Tor Poison Kheye Mora Uchit,
      Jeet Is Best, Kono Kotha Hobe Na……….

    • subhadeep ghosh says:

      jeet 1 no er khankichudi,r or fan rao, dev is or no 1 hero, paglu shatru k chude die6, r kara slam seto vasha dkhei bojha jae

      • milan dey says:

        subhodeep tor ma ke giye bolbi …..bokachada…..jeet is jeet…oi dev holo bokachada…r banchod…khankichudi….harami….r tar fan e rao tai ..sab sala madarchod…..jeet is no 1 hero …eta sara bengal jane
        subhodeep tui paglu dekhe pagla hoye jole dube mare jaaaaaaaaaaaa….bokachada

        • sandip says:

          plz my friend MILAN, don’t use any bad language like this to anybody who r fans of DEV….really this is too much….listen MILAN amio jeet-r fan….but i didn’t tell about DEV,he is not good….actually i couldn’t reach to a good position like DEV in tollywood and you too….i’ll never think about JEET and DEV, they are enemy….i think they are very good friend….so plzzzzzzz dont tell them who are DEV’ fan….okay….good night….

    • sandip says:

      look, jeet is my favourite actor in tollywood….i like his acting, attitude, voice, style not only those and look too….but beside jeet, i shall not tell about dev that he is not good actor in tollywood….and i’ll never think about jeet and dev,are shatru(enemy) in tollywood….i think they are very good friend….look my friend SOMMA,plz don’t think about them that they r enemy….and plz don’t use any bad language about jeet….because you know he is my favourite actor….plzzzzzzz dont again….okay….good night….

  4. sajib biswas says:

    amar vai dever fan.i m biggest fan of my sathi jeet dadar.but my brother and his many friends also said that paglu is a faltu film.but some slam boys told that dev is great.actually there is a qout in bengali….raton e raton chine , suore chine kachu…..so slam boys recognise slam hero dev k.jeet da tumi egie chalo amra aci tomar sathe.best of luck of ur upcoming film with koel.shatru fatafati hoece.go ahead.

  5. nidhi says:

    interested review

  6. Shatru is a awesome movie and Jeet is superb.No one can be compared with him.A lot of devs are coming and will come in tollywood.But jeet is jeet.He is one and only and he is the best.

  7. jeet da ami tomar khub bodo fan.tomar shatru film ta fatafati hoyeche. tomar next fim ta i hope valo hobe.

  8. jeet da toamar fatafati cinema darun laglo.

  9. Tanmoy Das says:

    Amader Jeet Der Baapare Je Kharap Kotha Bolbe Se Holo Boro Bokachele;

    Aar Jeet Der Kache Dev Aslo Bole Leg Dust Nite………….

  10. Kaushik says:

    ami o jeet er fan….but net e ekhono shotru upload hoyni…j download korbo…..kindly keu jodi upload kore den tahole dekhte pari……r plz jeet er sathe kaur tulona korben na…..he is d master piece….

  11. Hera says:

    realy jeet become a old boy. but acting nice. On the other hand dev is relatively younger and little bit light. But weight is very important for profession.

  12. jeet da tomar shatru film ta ek bar noi tinbar dekhechi .khub khub valo hoyeche .khub handsome lagche tomake .always tomake handsome lage.i love you so much jeetda.tomar next film er jonno al the best.

  13. Satyajit roy says:

    Jeet da ami o amar frnd ra tomar khub boro fan. Tomar satru movie khub valo hoieche. Best of luck your up coming movie.

  14. Sayantan dey says:

    I am out here in rajasthan for my studies,so cldnt watch the whole movie.but i made it sure to go through the videos of shatru posted on the net.jeet da,i m a huge fan of urs and bst f luck for ur upcomin movie..

  15. subhadeep ghosh says:

    ami paglu 56 bar dki6 r o dkhbo,

  16. roni says:

    Jeet da ami akjon bangladeshi tarporo ami tomar andho vokto.Tomar ‘shotru’&’fghter’ movie duti anek bhalo legeche.Tomar sathe srabontir jutita darun lage.God bless you

  17. Soumyadev Mondal says:

    Jeet Da you are just heart of tollywood.
    Love u so much

  18. Soumyadev Mondal says:

    Jeet da you r uncomparebale,
    KING to remove ‘SHATRU’ from society.

  19. Faizul says:

    Jeet da Shatru is super & JEET Is super Hero In the bengle I like

    Dev is foul hero I hate him

    100% LOVE is 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000% super

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