LE CHHAKKA (2010)
Bengali movie review by Nilanjann Nandy
Starring: DEV & PAYEL
Gone are the days when Bengali
movies were something to watch out for, only for their meaningful
content and “film-title” which gave off a distinct fragrance of
literature-mindedness; to be brief a Bengali film represented the
rock-hard foundation of Bengal’s culture. Films like “Nayak”, “Aranyer
Din-ratri” and even commercial films like “Pratham Kadam Phool”,
“Picnic”, “Ekhane Pinjar”, Baghbandi Khela”, Chowringhee”, “Mouchak”,
Saat Paake Badhaa” etc.are witnesses of the golden period that we have
left behind to let in the new era of tasteless and weak films in the
name of new-age romance and Gen Y consideration with names like “Le
Chhakka means a sixer,
and here in this movie which is all about “para-cricket” this particular
word may represent mirth, but the first word Le, is nothing short of a slang i.e. A-bey and salaa!
The title of the film could have been a little apt yet polite??!
such a day when the world is going crazy over World Cup football which
begins in South Africa today. This film on cricket (para-cricket
actually) lacks logic in most of the places.
situations, meaningless ululations and shouting all through the film
which will definitely appeal to the section of 'mindless youth', for
whom primarily these films are being made on a daily basis!
and Sports being the central theme of a Bengali film is nothing new.
Films like Kony, Striker and Dhonni Meye are milestones in the history
of Bengali Commercial movies, but “Le Chhakka” ushers in a new
interpretation in film making, especially in Bengal. Raj Chakraborty does give this film a new style and he succeeds to a certain point.
taking by Somak, melodious work by Indraadeep Dasgupta, nice artwork and a smart performance by Dev saves the day for
the enthusiast watching this movie. Apart from this, there is nothing
which “Le Chhakka” has to offer. Raj Chakraborty, the director of the film has tried a different recipe here though I think he will soon lose his recently acquired
‘midas touch’ if he keeps on taking his viewers and the general cinema
goers for ‘granted’ by creating dis-jointed screenplays.
The heroine of the film- Payel is paired opposite Dev; gives an average performance, along with Laboni Sarkar,
Dipankar Dey etc in supporting roles.
Indraadeep has given his best and scores a perfect ten with "Ali Maula" though the tune sounds magnetic in it's familiarity.Shaan delivers his lines beautifully.
Here in this film, Dev is Abir, a
para-cricketer who shifts to Dorjipara in the North from South Kolkata
and lands up in the vicinity of the para team ‘eleven bullets’. The
beginning of the movie witnesses a match between the ‘bullets’ and the
cricket team of South Kolkata, and the ‘bullets’ suffer a sorry loss at
the hands of the south team. Now a key player of that team Abir (Dev)
has shifted to this para, and the excitement is all about this. The
‘bullets’ suffered humiliation from all the members of their locality
after their sad loss in the game and with Aabir of the south team
landing up in their midst, he easily becomes their prey.
meantime the massive cultural difference between the two ends of the
city, Abir is thoroughly irritated and thinks about leaving the
However the story rolls on… and the niece of the
landlord where Abir is staying, starts quarrelling with him regularly,
and the ‘sands of time’ whishes slowly.
Then one day Abir comes
to know that a political leader is trying to take over the Dorjipara,
especially the house where he’s staying which the landlord doesn’t want
to dispose. But he is forced!
Abir starts protesting by telling
the locality people and the ‘bullets’ guys – that they will not be able
to survive without protesting to these political pressures.
primarily he meets resistance, Abir soon convinces them and even Rani
(Payel), the niece. However, her brother Rajat doesn’t approve of this
relationship. In the meanwhile many meaning less and confusing
situations take place and Rani’s elder sister dies.
conclusion lies in Abir challenging the oppressive power in a
para-cricket match which is trying to take over the house. And then??
all worked out in the most formulated manner without ANY imagination.
Abir’s guidance the ‘eleven bullets’ get their much awaited win and the
‘taking over of the house’ is FOILED, and last but not the least – Abir
wins over Rani the heroine.
A typical “and they lived happily
ever-after” fairy tale which is SLOW at times.
It is to be noted that, in
comparison to the leading cast’s performance here in this movie, Dev’s
performance in “Challenge” and “Dujoney” were far more engaging, and
Payel gave her best in “Prem Amaar”! All in all, this film is only
"luke-warm" and does not satisfy fully.
I would suggest my
friends to skip this movie if possible.
Review by : Nilanjann
Kolkata – 700074