Sept 12, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Student Number One is a 2011 Bengali movie directed by Shankar Roy with Sayak, Paromita, Tapas Pal, Rudraneel Ghosh and others in the cast. Read the Bengali film review at Calcutta Tube.
STUDENT NUMBER ONE – RESULT – MINUS ONE
Presented by: Channel Eight
Produced by: Ashok Surana
Direction: Shankar Roy
Music: Shyam Patro
Screenplay: Debashish Basu
Cast: Sayak, Paromita, Tapas Pal, Kharaj Mukherjee, Bodhisattwa Majumdar, Anuradha Roy, Rudraneel Ghosh
[ReviewAZON asin=”B004MS75MM” display=”inlinepost”]One does not know whether the production house, Channel Eight which made its name through some really good television serials to get a solid footing, is making films for a target audience of just ten or twenty people scattered scarcely across Bijoli theatre and the other theatres in the same chain or not. But one does know that Student Number One is one film where the very word ‘student’ is a misconception because there are no students in this college at all. The mafia leader of the goon-like students portrayed by Rudraneel Ghosh has made his own rules and virtually runs what was once a college. Right now, the principal is held on ransom, no classes are held and the girls and boys do nothing but wander aimlessly across the lustrous gardens that comprise part of the college campus.
Our hero with slanted blue eyes and an effeminate look is Rahul (Sayak) who keeps persuading everyone to allow him to study because “I have been able to come here after along struggle’ he keeps on saying. But we do not see him noticing that studies are the last thing on the agenda of this institution and everyone has a gala time singing, dancing and making merry while the character played by Rudraneel calls the shots. There are too many songs and dances that are executed very badly and are an eyesore but sadly, a movie does not put a remote in your hand for you to switch channels. The loud decibels will not allow you to go to sleep either. Paromita has a soft corner for Rahul but is shaken when he tells them after having bashed up Rudraneel that he has killed and can kill again. Now the story takes an unusual twist.
He is a prisoner in a jail very close to the college and goes back to jail after college is over. But no classes are held so why does he come at all? Privately held public examinations are an entity the producer, director and scriptwriter have never heard of. The kind-hearted jailor (Tapas Pal) violates the rules of an Indian prison by letting out Rahul every day to attend an apology of a college and his father to pray at the temple! Yes, every word I write here is the absolute truth! Needless to mention that Rahul’s ‘killing’ of a boy who was trying to rape a girl was an accident and his father’s bribe-taking was a cooked up thing. Rudraneel promises to help Rahul in proving his innocence. Rahul performs a miracle by becoming a good lawyer without having attended a single lecture and finally, he proves his innocence as well as his father’s. Paromita as Ria, Rahul’s girlfriend is terrible to look at and does not know the ‘a’ of acting so ‘b’ and ‘c’ can go take a walk! So why am I rating this with one point at all? Because Rudraneel’s love-lorn act is the only saving grace of the film but its standard is keeping with the rest of the film. Yet, those moments provide a little bit of fun and amusement in a film that is a horror film in a different sense of the genre.
– Shoma A. Chatterji