Director Debaloy Bhattacharya’s recently released film Roga Howar Sohoj Upaye is based essentially on the idea of cutting down the excess weight, Sohoje (easily). A topic that is so relevant in today’s world as people are as obsessed with getting a zero figure as they are with looking good.
The story is about Joy who is a chef at a five star hotel. He is suspended for some days as his dish contains a hair, which is a breach in the hygiene rules issued by the hotel. During his suspension, Joy spends his time singing songs, cooking up new dishes and going to different places in the city. He gets a call from a girl, Ranjana who mistakenly calls him up assuming that his number is that of Netaji Food Shop. Joy avoids the call only to answer them after some days. He makes food and carries it to her house. Love blossoms between the two gradually and they get married. However the twist in tale happens after marriage. Ranjana becomes a little chubby due to the good food fed by her husband. Joy then starts craving for a slimmer wife. Hence, he starts giving hints to Ranjana to tone down. Joy leaves for an office assignment and when he comes back he finds a new woman in the house. He is shocked. Where is his wife Ranjana? Can Joy find his wife? What happened to his wife?
Debutant director Debaloy Bhattacharya must be given the credit for actually making a film on such a topical issue. The narration of the film in the first half is fun and breezy. Joy and Ranjana bonding over food, proposing in a field full of brinjals, all will surely bring a smile on your face. Not many films, or for that matter love stories have been made in India showing people bonding over food. The funny one liners also lend charm to the flow of events.
It is in the second half that the film loses the breeziness and tends to drag. After the first half is over, many seated in the audience would have been able to guess the final outcome of the film. This predictability along with the preaching that takes over the film mar the fun filled mood created in the first half. The sequence of the party organized by Feather Girls or the sequence where Rudranil Ghosh dresses up as Netaji will surely confuse many seated in the audience.
Music by Indraadip Dasgupta is soothing and will stay with you even after you leave the hall. Thikana lekha nei is quite hummable!!
Cinematography by Sirsha Roy is good. Not often do we get to see the beauty of the deserted streets of Kolkata at midnight.
The cast consisting of Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Riya Sen, Biswanath Basu, Rudranil Ghosh do a good job with the roles assigned to them. Riya’s seductive dance to the yester year song “Aar Koto Raat Eka Thakbo” is well shot and choreographed. A fitting tribute to actress Debosree Roy who actually performed in the original song!!
Roga Howar Sohoj Upaye is an eye opener for many individuals who think going to expensive fat reducing courses will make them slimmer within a short span of time. Instead, one must eat healthy and exercise to cut down on the fats, which incidentally is the Sohoj Upaye (easy way) that the director hints at in the film.
Sholoana Bangaliana Rating- 3/5
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