Oct 12, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Warrant is a 2011 Bengali film directed by Swarup Ghosh with Joy Mukherjee, Priyanka, Biswajit Chakraborty and others in the cast. Read the Bengali movie review at Calcutta Tube.
WARRANT – UNWARRANTED RUBBISH
Produced by: Tiara Entertainment
Direction: Swarup Ghosh
Music: Ashok Raj
Lyrics: Gautam Susmit
Cinematography: Karim Khatri
Editing: Swapan Guha
Story, Screenplay and Dialogue: Moloy Banerjee
Cast: Joy Mukherjee, Priyanka, Biswajit Chakraborty, Santana Basu, Anamika Saha, Soma Chakraborty and others
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[ReviewAZON asin=”B005M2ACFE” display=”inlinepost”]The big billboards photographed in sepia with the forests in the backdrop are impressive. The anti-hero of the film is a handsome hunk with a beard that is supposed to look unkempt but has been carefully tended to. With a talented actress like Priyanka playing the heroine and the versatile Biswajit Chakraborty who is the Home Minister and her father, one expected the film to be a lavishly mounted masala mix of revenge and violence. But Warrant left the scanty audience at its first day first show completely unmoved.
The story repeats the Patricia Hearst love story of the kidnapped falling in love with her kidnapper but unlike Hearst, instead of joining him, the older girl Sanchita (Priyanka) tries to dissuade him from his misplaced sense of avenging his mother’s death in a police rampage of his village in order to wipe out ‘terrorists.’ Rahul (Joy Mukherjee), the head honcho of the team kidnaps the minister’s two daughters to avenge his mother’s death. The younger girl, just a kid, is an asthmatic and suffers from breathlessness. The problem with the film is that the hero keeps driving for miles and miles through the forests of North Bengal and no one has a clue about why he has kidnapped these two girls. His two friends have just graduated from an engineering college like he has and instead of looking for a job or going back to their respective parents they join this guy in his ‘mission’. In fact, ‘Mission’ is the English title of a film which already has an English title as Warrant is originally an English word!
Where do they get their expensive and sophisticated firearms from? How do they manage to buy them since none of the three seem to have any money on them? When they take shelter with a dignified old lady (Anamika Saha), she offers them her home deep in the forest without asking any questions. It later turns out that she is the older sister of the Home Minister. The two friends are absolute amateurs who neither look like nor behave like educated youngsters on the go. One of them also falls in love with a local Santhali girl at the drop of a bullet.
Other than the kidnapping of the daughter of a leading politician, there is no similarity between the Hearst story and the Warrant story. The kidnappers are no members of any ‘Liberation Army.’ But Sachita tries her best to dissuade Rahul from pursuing his misplaced sense of revenge. Does she succeed? No one is really interested half way through the film and without the boom booms and the dishooms dishooms, one could have really made the best of an afternoon siesta.
Priyanka looks good and tries to hold her calm with dignity but fails because the script fails her and so do the dream scenes of incredibly picturised song-dance scenes. How can she fall in love with a young man who does not think twice before swinging his hand at her? Such questions should not be asked because ten minutes into the film and you know what how it is going to turn out. Biswajit Chakraborty gives an impossibly good performance in a very bad film. Joy Mukherjee has a powerful and handsome screen presence with a body and height to match. But he had better hold himself till he gets the right banner in the right film in a really good role.
– Shoma A. Chatterji