Febryary 11 (Kolkata): Soldier is a 2010 Bengali Film directed by Dulal Bhowmik; starring Prosenjit , Soham , Koel Banerjee , Indrani Dutta and others. The movie is based on terrorism in Kashmir where college girls are kidnapped by the terrorist group.
- Director/Screenplay: Dulal Bhowmik
- Cast: Prosenjit, Soham, Koel Banerjee, Indrani Dutta, Shreelekha Mitra, Arun Bandopadhyay, Ashok Mukhopadhyay
- Music Director: Subhayu
- Lyric: Gautam Susmit
- Cinematography: Debashish Ray
- Editing: Swapan Guha
- Playback Singer: Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam, Pamela Jain
SOLDIER BENGALI FILM REVIW
A film critic’s job is very difficult when it comes to deciding whether a film deserves a review at all or not. On the other hand, if the film stars the numero uno Prosenjit as the ‘soldier’ in a film that carries the title, then a review becomes necessary. Dulal Bhowmick must have felt that the name of Prosenjit topping the acting cast would probably take care of the box office and everything else, including the story, would automatically fall in place. Everything about Soldier, including Prosenjit, is wrong. The film is set in strife ridden Kashmir where there is an on-going war between elements of terrorism and the Indian defence forces. But the scenario is straight out of some hilly and forest regions of north Bengal. The “Kashmir” scenario is filled with stock shots of snow-capped mountains here and there. The fact that our numero uno flies off an MIG into the air merely by clicking on a switch to the right of the cockpit seat is dwarfed next to the younger hero Aseem (Soham) who learns to fly a MIG simply by going through books on the subject! How he manages an entry into the defence forces is another mystery that is left unveiled. Greater miracles are in waiting. The Brigadier Sabyasachi (Prosenjit) can easily spot a bus speeding through a forest with his binoculars never mind that his MIG is 30,000 above sea level. He hooks himself up and jumps from his aircraft to land with precise perfection on the middle of a car and no bones broken.
The film tries to ride piggy-back on the country’s persistent conflict with our next door neighbour to play out a stupid story on patriotism one can see through within the first ten minutes. The climax is hilarious. Sabyasachi, with an ‘army’ of exactly four to assist him, literally uses his hands in the final fight with the terrorists in the enemy camp though they have sophisticated rifles and guns at their command. Bhowmick is ambitious to have set his film on such a large canvas with a bit of romance thrown in. But he needed to do at least a wee bit of research into the rules of the defence forces before embarking on this ambitious venture where violation of logic and incorrect representations can easily be construed as insults on our defence forces. One wonders what makes Prosenjit concede to be a part of such terrible projects. This is not his first such film. If Soldier is an example, it most certainly will not be his last.
BY: Shoma A. Chatterji