My Ratings: 3/5.
Finally Buno Haansh released in Mumbai.
On Sunday evening the hall was packed with Bengalis (mostly family crowd) and for the Bengali community in Mumbai such rare Bangla film-releases are always occasions to celebrate.
And God knows we Bengalis like to celebrate loud and clear.
So, in-between the screening we constantly talk to each other (not necessarily about the film though), our phone rings like siren in the dark and we answer it without any hesitation whatsoever, generally a long conversation that ends with – ‘ami movie hall-e achi re, pore kotha bolbo … achaa achaa’ without even trying to fake a whisper.
Anyways the ‘adda’ must go on but for now let’s concentrate on the film itself. Buno Haansh is based on a story written by famous Bengali writer Samaresh Majumdar.
The protagonist Amol (whose name literally means 100% pure) is an exceptionally innocent boy (or rather a man). He belongs to a lower-middle-class family, works as a security guard in a shopping mall with minimal salary and has a girlfriend, Sohag who has cancer!
A perfect setup for Amol Kumar Biswas (Dev) to finally loose a bit of his purity and earn some quick-buck for the sake of his family members and his fast fading girlfriend (Srabanti Chatterjee Biswas).
But easy-money involves danger and risk. We find Amol being lured by his childhood friend in an import-export business (of course illegal) masterminded by the Madam (performed by Moon Moon Sen).
And soon enough our not so street-smart Amol gets mixed up with a girl named Rijula (Tanushree Chakraborty) who is nothing but trouble.
From the narrow lanes of central/north Kolkata to Dhaka (a sentimental journey), from the massage parlors of Bangkok to the dimly lit streets of Mumbai –Amol experiences a lot and his character graph takes a huge leap as the film races to its climax.
Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and writer Shyamal Sengupta has created a dangerous web to trap the innocence of any ordinary man like Amol who gets exploited in every situation until finally he revolts against the system.
But I feel there is a thin line between being innocent and dumb, and Amol’s character has crossed that line many a times in the film.
Then again our innocent Amol who seems to have problem in understanding the ways of the practical world somehow forgets to protest when Rijula casually kisses him and flirts with him (strange that his innocence never reminds him of his sick girlfriend Sohag!)
When it comes to acting, Dev has tried his level best till date, both Shrabanti and Tanushree did a good job, Sohag Sen suited the role of Amol’s mother perfectly but Sudipa Chakraborty seems to have stolen the spotlight – very natural and convincing as Amol’s sister-in-law.
‘Dushtu lokera amaye Addy bole’ one of the corniest dialogues by the over-dramatic pimp enacted by Gargi Roy Chowdhury.
Must go if you are a fan of Raima Sen to watch her cameo as a bar dancer!
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co9XuQtEbj0