Location is Rajaganj. The coal mafia in there has a free hand over the coal business under the leadership of Munni Devi. She is immensely influential and also has political connections. Her daughter Raka is a sadistic hooligan who terrorizes the common people and makes and breaks laws according to her own wishes. She falls in love with Akash who opposes her. This strikes her as unique and she becomes attracted to him. However Akash rejects the advances of Raka. What happens next? Does Raka leave Akash so easily? This is what the recently released Bengali film Action is all about. The premiere show of the film took place at Bijoli cinemas recently.
The very first thing that stands out in the movie is that director Sayantan Mukherjee had conveniently taken this film as a guinea pig for experimentation as, when compared, while the first half has amateurish directorial techniques with the director having little control over the casts’ over acting or the flow of the narrative, the second is much more restrained and engaging; something that gave it the feeling of a gradually perfected and not already learnt technique. And to add to the amateurish direction is the heavily borrowed plot which keeps reminding us that we are no more the creative pioneers and our position has already been taken by the South-Indian geniuses.
What made the movie all the more intolerable were lame jokes on farting. And to top it all, A classic song like “Ami jamini tumi soshi hey” has been used in a derogatory manner in the context of farting. Such disrespect to the songs in the name of humor is intolerable!
Some of the dialogues in the film are cheesy and will make you cringe in your seats. “Nibi panga thakbi changa” is one often repeated dialogue by the lead male actor that will actually get onto your nerves.
The torture does not end here; as the we get to hear some hideous lyrics composed to some distasteful tunes all along the movie. I doubt whether any sane minded individual seated in the darkened hall will actually dare to remember the lyrics of the songs in the film. Music by Akash is a big letdown. When you have “Chicken Tandoori” as the item song in your film, you can very well understand the state of the other songs in the film.
The fight sequences by Judo Ramu are a direct rip off from the South Indian genre of fight sequences. Gravity defying stunts form a major part of the fight sequences. Om’s character is engaged in a duel with the goons and yet his sunglasses do not fall on the ground. What a balancing act!! This will put many a super hero to shame. However the duel between Barkha and Om had a certain rhythm to it; an action sequences which definitely deserve a round of applause!
Finally coming to the actors; Barkha Bisht Sengupta as the hooligan Raka does a commendable job. She breathes life into the character of Raka and it is mainly due to her that we could sit through the film. She does a good job in the fight sequences. Om as Akash is good in parts. He is still uneasy with the song and dance sequences. Also a bit of polishing of his acting skills will do wonders for him, as he has good screen presence. Swagata Mukherjee as Munni Devi will remind many of Dhankor Baa of Ramleela played by Supriya Pathak Kapur. She plays the role with gusto and the dialogue delivery and the aggression makes it a treat for many seated in the dark hall. Megha is too loud and over the top in the acting department. Nusraat Jahaan in the item song does not have to do much apart from look good and she does that perfectly.
Bengali film Action had all the ingredients for a successful commercial masala film but a slack script coupled with amateurish direction messed it all up leaving the audience with half cooked Chicken Tandoori and the sexy Nusrat Jahan to drool over.
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