TARGET (2010) Bengali Movie Review: Mithun Chakraborty is Back

TARGET is a 2010 Bengali Film directed by Raja Chanda starring Mithun Chajraborty, Mithun Chakraborty, Joy Mukherjee, Sayantika, Dipankar De. Read the complete review of TARGET.

Cast and Crew:

  • Banner: Brand Value Communications Limited
  • Presented by: Gautam Kundu of Rose Valley Films Limited
  • Direction: Raja Chanda
  • Music: Jeet Ganguly
  • Cinematography: Manoj Kumar Misra
  • Editing: Rabi Ranjan Maitra
  • Production Design: Shyamal Dutta
  • Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Joy Mukherjee, Sayantika, Dipankar De, Santu Mukherjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Sonali Choudhury, Neel Mukherjee and others
  • Rating: 5/10


Target Mithun Chakraborty
Target Mithun Chakraborty

This is one of those revenge-action dramas that made Amitabh Bachchan the Big B he became for all time to come. But not everyone is Mr. Bachchan nor do they have the kind of staying power he has demonstrated for nearly four decades. But then, there is no harm in trying and Mr. Bachchan does not hold the copyright on the revenge-seeking angry young man who paved the way for all angry policemen for all time to come, does he? Subhankar (Joy Mukherjee) in Target is haute-couture conscious, fashion savvy but an honest and brave police inspector who specializes in ‘encounter’ killings as his way of eliminating the mafia. But his colleagues do not care for his iconisation by the Kolkata public and for the spotlight the media put him under. So, the commissioner of police (Biswajit Chakraborty) packs him off on a ‘promotional’ posting to Sundarpur in North Bengal, completely in the grip of the mafia lords comprised of a lecherous, rhyming astrologer (Dipankar De), Bachchu, a politician and his right-hand man who terrorize the locals with their consent-or-kill strategy.

Target Bengali Film Joy
Target Bengali Film Joy

Subhankar is hell bent on eliminating the entire group of goons who deal in smuggling of arms, trafficking of girls, extortion and murder. You see, as a small boy, he was an eye-witness to the killing of his parents and his elder brother by the men of the same two mafia kings and he has a big bone to pick. He finds his lost sister-in-law (Sonali Choudhury) in Sundarpur with her son, taken care of by the local Catholic priest. He also finds his long-lost childhood girlfriend Preeti (Sayantika) and picks up from where they had left off. Subhankar’s aim is not necessarily to marry and settle down, but to settle scores first and he does it with a lot of dynamic action made convincing with his body language, attitude, style and approach, showing glimpses of a promising actor on the make.

Target Joy and Sayantika
Target Joy and Sayantika

If you imagine that the meaningless and shallow song-dance numbers shot probably in Bangkok with chinky-eyed, barely clad junior artistes did not exist, much less that badly choreographed and executed item number and a couple of lecherous scenes between the aged astrologer and his beautiful female escort, Target would have really been a surprise coming from debut director Raja Chanda who has what it takes to turn out a masala movie in his gigantic mixer-grinder. The opening frames of the film are mesmerising in terms of editing (Rabi Ranjan Mitra), cinematography (Manoj Kumar Misra) and execution that introduce Subhankar as a police officer in one of his ‘encounters’ with a dreaded goon.

The long journey Subhankar makes from Kolkata to Sundarpur is long-drawn but does not drag, the cliché maula maula song setting the mood for the deceptive change in the scenario from violence to harmony. Jeet Ganguly’s music is really good but the songs are just one too many and Subhankar’s character does not justify the song-dance scenes with Preeti shot in not very exotic foreign locales. Thankfully, these are Preeti’s dream scenes and not Subhankar’s. All the same, it is surprising the way every director desperately tries to establish that the songs have indeed been shot abroad. No one knows whether this adds to the USP of a film that stands perfectly straight even without these decorative frills or whether they are demonstrations of the producer’s ability to run the cut-throat race of his competitors in the market. The cinematographer, obviously under directorial command, captures the high-rise skyscrapers ruining the blue skyscape with their ugly presence. A pity!

Joy Mukherjee stands out with his glamorous presence, his arrogant demeanour though there are too many silent grimaces he could have cut out on. But he has the makings of a mainstream hero and Target establishes this without an iota of doubt. Juxtaposed against this strong and powerful presence is the simpering, sad-eyed but beautiful Sayantika who portrays Preeti mostly with a wooden face devoid of expression except looking sad and simpering. She is good only in the opening scene when she approaches Subhankar for the first time and he misunderstands her motives. Dipankar De does all he can to put some life into a negative role with funny shades. The actor who plays the constable Munna Sheikh has done very well and so has the actor who essayed Bachchu’s right hand goon. Mithun Chakraborty seems to have sleepwalked through his cameo of Anthony, the saviour who rescues Subhankar from certain death. His heart is never either in his character or in the film. He has probably been added as an afterthought to draw the crowds in case they do not like Joy o Sayantika or the terribly executed item number. He makes just two appearances in the film each one minus the regular Mithun charisma Mithun’s Bengali fans are ready to die for.

It is Joy Mukherjee alone who proves that despite his two early films, he can carry an entire film on his broad shoulders. He is helped along the way by Rabi Ranjan Maitra’s editing and Manoj Kumar Misra’s cinematography.

by Shoma Chatterji

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