The Runaway Bride
Director Aniket Chattopadhyay’s new Rom-Com ‘Janla Diye Bou Palalo’ premiered at Priya Cinema Kolkata on October 17th amidst much pomp and show making it look, sound and feel like a grand Bengali wedding, which makes for the basic plat of the movie.
Staring Actor Arjun Chakroborty and debutant Amrita Chattopadhyay, ‘Janla Diye Bou Palalo’ is essentially a comedy film with the Aniket Chattopadhyay signature and style written all over it. Mimi (played by Amrita), is the Bride (Bou) who, in order to escape marriage runs away from her home on the very night of her wedding and gets on a bus going to Siliguri. Upa Gupta, a brilliant student with a 17th Rank in the All India Medical Entrance Test is more an aspiring musician than a doctor, something that is just not acceptable to the boy’s family and which eventually results in him running away from home to a friend in Siliguri. And as was destined, the two rebels land up in the same bus, that too in adjoining seats and head to Siliguri; indeed with a trail of hilarious incidents brewing behind them as both the families set out on a roller-coaster ride to grab the two rebels and bring them back to their senses. To add to the complications, it is not just the families running after Upa and Mimi but is a thief Ille jagai too, as he had spotted the runaway bride decked up in Gold while she was on the run.
Jar Bou Palalo !!
The New Bengali Film Janla Diye Bou Palalo is essentially an Aniket Chatterjee movie as it is slapstick comedy that forms the basic framework of the film. Right from all the running around to the commotion of the cat and mouse chase, to the family drama, there is comedy everywhere. It must however be noted that, though comedy all around, the movie has a strong feel of Bangaliana to it and has beautifully portrayed the middle class Bengali sentiments where there is still that inherent love and respect for the elders of the family, where education has to culminate in white collared professions like that of a Doctor and where no matter what, the family is always there to fall back on for support.
The Runaway Rebels with the Orchestrator
Arjun Chakroborty who has played the role of Upo Gupta in the film has played his part with complete sincerity and his efforts at perfecting the essential traits of an entertainer, namely action, romance and dance brilliantly shone in the movie. Mimi, the debutant does her bit in playing the young runaway bride well but seems to be missing that X Factor that is needed to be on the top of the charts. As of now, Mimi is good for the ‘Girl Next door and Abla Nari’ kind of roles, at least till a director tries to experiment with the obvious. Biswajit Chakraborty and Biswanath Basu are too good in their parts and have indeed succeeded in drawing genuine cheers from the audience present. The pillars of comedy of Bengali cinema, Kharaj Mukherjee and Kanchan Mallick also had their bits to add to the overall comedy quotient but as the audience we were somehow left wanting for more, at least in terms of Kanchan’s screen time and character build up. Another big letdown was Sanjib Sarkar who played the role of ille Jagai as, neither could he perfect the South Indian accent nor was he given enough time on screen to build up the comedy. Had his character been worked upon a little more carefully, the director could have made little more difference to the film’s comic quotient.
Some bit of cutting short could have also helped in giving the movie that crisp treatment as, the portion in between with the Prem Nakuldana song and the bus ride with the Jatra Party were so not required and kept pulling down the film’s comedy meter.
The film’s music has been tastefully designed and the songs ‘Toke Dilam’ and ‘Swapno Dekhar Ektu Dure’ blend in well with the film’s flow and feel for which the music director Savvy as well as lyricist Prasen deserve due appreciation.
Family of Celebs
With janla Diye Bou Palao, Director Aniket Chattopadhyay has made an attempt to give the Bengali cine goers a family entertainer that has sumptuous doses of laughter and the producers Jalan International Films Pvt Ltd must be thanked for supporting him in his effort, more so when the state is going through such financial and political unrest adding on to the stress levels of the denizens.
Janla DiyeBou Palalo is a good weekend watch that you must attempt watching while the mind is in a non-critical and analytical mode as only then can you get the juice out of a typical Aniket Chatterjee slapstick comedy film.
Sholoana Bangaliana Rating: 7/10
Bengali Film Janla Diye Bou Palalo review By:
Sanjib Banerji takes a keen interest in both Old and Contemporary/modern Bengali literature and cinema and has written several short stories for Bengali Little magazines. He also runs a little magazine in Bangla, named – Haat Nispish, which has completed its 6th consecutive year in the last Kolkata International Book Fair. Being the eldest grandson of Late Sukumar Bandopadhaya, who was the owner of HNC Productions and an eminent film producer cum distributor of his time (made platinum blockbusters with Uttam Kumar, like “Prithibi Aamarey Chaaye”, “Indrani” and several others), Sanjib always nurtured an inherent aspiration of making it big and worthy in the reel area and is currently working on a suspense thriller movie titled Sesh Anko.
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