MOUBONE AAJ (2011) Bengali Movie Review | Rahul-Priyanka

By Aditya Chakraborty

Bengali Actor Dipankar De at Premiere of MOUBONE AJ (2011)
Dipankar Dey at premiere of Moubone Aj

Calcutta, Oct 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Raja Sen (interview) who has always made good sensible cinema had made Laboratory last year, a strong portrayal of womanhood based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore where Raveena Tandon acted under his direction. His previous Teen Murti which was based on the tale of three elderly men and their lives as to how they decide top go about it after retirement was perhaps one of his first light films and was excellent in it’s own way.

His current film Moubane Aj is also pleasing and somewhat on those lines though the subject matter is quite different. The film is based in a village where Satish Roy is the patriatch. Mainak, his son is a hopeless character who goes away to Kolkata to study only to come across a complete tomboy Payel who makes mincemeat of Mainak.

Their paths cross as their marriage is fixed to each other without them knowing anything. They are shocked when they see each other later. However Payel ‘forces’ Mainak to marry him as she is the perfect foil for his simplicity.

Rahul and Priyanka have been perfectly cast as Mainak and Payel. In fact all the actors or actresses have done justice to their roles. It is these characters and their portrayal which makes Moubane create it’s uniqueness.

Be it Mainak, Satish Roy, Ella with her right handedness, the fraud football coach or Payel’s grandfather who has a problem with his ‘S’ and also has a foul mouth , these characters help to make Moubane Aaj an interesting film.

There will be a few people who might think that the quality of Raja Sen’s film have started coming down with Laboratory and Moubane Aaj.Yes they are films of different genres and can’t be compared. Teen Murti might also be considered his last good film. However talking about Moubane Aaj, it is the moments of melancholy which might test the patience of the audience along with the 3 songs which might not be justified. The film needed a little more pace perhaps in the first half. Manoj Mitra who has also written the script of the film has saved the day.

One of the best things about this film is that when the titles are being shown at the beginning we get to hear a few lines of the famous Hemanta Mukherjee song from the classic Bengali film "Bondhu" (1958) starring Uttam Kumar. An excellent way of using the song indeed.

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