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New Hindi Film Mardaani Review; The Bongs Nail it in Style this Season

Rani-Mukerji-Kolkata-VisitWe live in strange times. A country where on one hand the symbol of Shakti, Goddess Durga is worshiped with great pomp and show, on the other, the women folk of the country are increasingly becoming victims of heinous acts like rape, murder, sex trafficking and acid attacks and many more. Director Pradeep Sarkar’s latest film Mardaani deals with one such sensitive issue, sex trafficking, an act of complete violence of the core values of humanity which has grown to unimaginable proportions in the last few years.

Shivani Shivaji Roy is a police inspector in the crime branch who is very popular with her colleagues owed to her killer attitude, honesty and ability to solve the most difficult of cases. Her family consists of her husband Dr. Roy (played by Bengali Tollywood actor Jisshu Sengupta) and her niece. Things take a turn when a girl named Pyaari whom Shivani had taken all care to protect, vanishes in thin air leaving her with a mysterious trail to follow. In the process of trying to find Pyaari, Shivani uncovers a sex trafficking racket that is behind the disappearance of many young girls like Pyaari. She goes out to find the man behind this and whether she is successful in her mission or not is what the film answers.

 Pradeep Sarkar goes out of his known territory and plunges deep into an unknown area of film making. Sarkar definitely deserves to be applauded by the critics and audience alike for presenting such a realistic and convincing flesh and blood cop who does no gravity defying stunts or dances with her better half in beautiful foreign locales in between bashing up the baddies. The film is engaging and the cat and mouse chase between the head of the trafficking racket and Shivani Roy will keep you hooked. While the entire movie has been given an amazing racy and gritty treatment, it is the duel between Shivani and Karan (head of the sex trafficking racket) that pushes this otherwise well made film into the league of regular Bollywood films. It must however be said that even though the engaging first half slowly meanders into Bollywood clichés in the second, the  audience need not fear a boring and obvious end.

While the content and presentation is commendable, acting by the cast aptly complements the framework of the film. Rani Mukherjee is commendable as Shivani Shivaji Roy. She is back and with a Bang! She breathes life into the character of the cop. Her helplessness when her husband’s face is smeared with black by her opponents or the anger that wells up in her eyes when she beats up the goons; all make her character credible. Unlike the Singham and the Dabang cops, this is one with whom many will be able to empathize as she is realistic. Unfortunately though, contrary to all the hype created around Bengali Tollywood actor Jisshu Sengupta’s debut in a Bollywood Hindi Film with Mardaani, his screen time or even character strength is way too less; something that we Kolkata Bongs are too disappointed with! Tahir Raj Bhasin as the head of the sex trafficking racket also delivers a power packed performance.

Mardaani is not a film which may appeal to the Dabang and Singham franchise fans but yes it is a hard hitting film that carries a strong message and holds ground on its own credits and not any pre-set notion or fan following. This Yash Raj film is a welcome break from the typical rom-coms that the house has been churning out for the past couple of years. The new Chopra Bahu Rani Mukerji seems to have finally nailed it with Mardaani and the audience must go to the theaters to watch this Bong Beauty play it hard and in style.

Rating- 3.5/5

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Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

Bengali Movie Ei Raat Tomar Amar Review, Poster, Trailer, Premiere Video

Bengali-Movie-ReviewLast week a Bengali film Hrid Majharey paid tribute to the Bard, William Shakespeare and this week a film releases which was inspired by one of the poems of Robert Browning. The film I am speaking about is New Bengali movie Ei Raat Tomar Amar which is based loosely on Porphyria’s Lover. The premiere of this film took place at Priya cinemas in the presence of the film’s crew comprising of actors Meghna Halder, Priyangshu Chatterjee, director Supriyo-Soummo and others like actor Aryann Bhowmick, designer Rajlakshmi and designer Gautam Ghoshe.

The story of the film is about childhood lovers Arya and Nivedita. They have grown up together and from a very tender age have harbored feelings of love for each other. However as luck would have it, they get separated due to Nivedita’s parents moving to a new house in a different locality. However their love remains. Arya meanwhile becomes a victim of an accident and develops a problem in walking. As a result the match between Arya and Nivedita is not accepted by Nivedita’s parents. They select a good and well settled boy for their only daughter. However Nivedita goes to meet Arya for the last time at his house and they spend time reminiscing about past days. They make love and Arya strangles her with her own long tresses. What happens next? Is Arya caught by the police? The film answers them all.

Director duo Soummo-Supriyo’s inspirations came from Robert Browning’s poem, Porphyria’s Lover. A slight trace of Browning’s other poem “The last Ride Together” can also be found in this film. The sense of Carpe Diem evident in the the poem has been used as the basis of this film. The feeling that this is their last meeting together and they must seize every moment has been shown in the film. For those who have already read the poem, they already know the outcome at the end. Hence it would have been better had the director duo tried to present the story in a different manner. That would have retained the interest of the audience till the end. Many sitting in the audience were just waiting when the hero would strangle the heroine. There is a déjà vu feeling to it. The problem with these literary stories is that many people have read them and unless you present it differently it becomes an arduous job for the audience to retain the interest levels. The complicacies of love life shown in the Abir-Raima starrer romantic saga Hrid Majharey compelled the audience to empathize with the couple and also feel for them but the makers of Ei Raat Tomar Amar could not evoke any such feelings in the hearts of the audience. A person seated in the audience will hardly feel any sympathy for this duo. However I will also like to add, when compared with the last film that this director duo made Sare Chuattor Ghoshpara, this is indeed a better film.

Actor Priyangshu Chatterjee and Meghna at the Premiere of Ei Raat Tomar Amar (You Tube)

Some loopholes in the story also strike out. When Nivedita’s family members were searching for her, they go to every other place looking for their daughter but leave the most obvious place- Arya’s house which was obviously quite illogical.

Acting wise Priyangshu and Meghna have done a good job. As the lovers who are meeting for the last time, they spark a good chemistry. But they fail to connect with the audience in more ways than one.

Music by Amit Dasgupta is quite pleasing. Canvase Monalisa, Ei raat tomar amar, Humse milne tum aaye are good numbers and suit the film quite well. However the song Sohag Chand Bodoni which has been given a remix touch does not sound good. It would have been better had the music director left the song as it is for some songs are better left with their original flavor.

Ei Raat Tomar Amar will offer nothing new and there is a déjà-vu feeling to the whole film.


New Bengali Movie Ei Raat Tomar Amaar Review By:


Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.