"Sudhu Tomake Chai" (2012) - WBRi Bengali Movie Review

Arpita Chatterjee, Subhrajit Dutta, Soumili Biswas, Bhaswar
Shudhu Tomake Chai: Arpita Chatterjee, Subhrajit Dutta, Soumili Biswas, Bhaswar at premiere

Kolkata, October 7, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): A love story and the saga of an upcoming Bangla band ‘Pagla Hawa’ form the plot of “Shudhu Tomaake Chaai”. Written and directed by Rudranil Chowdhury, this film released in theaters on 5th of October. The film is produced by Pranab Kumar Banerjee. It features a good number of well-known cast members and also some newcomers.

The story of the film revolves around Tito - a young urban man, lead vocalist of an upcoming Bangla Band ‘Pagla Hawa’. Tito is a heart-throb of girls of his college but he does not give them any attention. Puja, Radio host (RJ) with a renowned FM channel of Kolkata, loves Tito intensely but for him it is just a relation of friends that he shares with her.

Tito plans to launch an album by his band through the record company of another girl Pamela’s father. Pamela also likes him and shares a good relationship with him.

Dipa, the female vocalist of the band, is yet another girl who is present in Tito’s life and secretly admires him. But Tito comes closer to Pamela to fulfill his own wishes that results in breaking of his relationship with Puja.

Meanwhile, Puja is attracted to Ayan through a FM programme titled ‘Sudhu Tomaake Chaai’. Tito goes through several phases of stress and loneliness in his life and longs for true love. How he discovers the essence of love and who becomes Maya, his dream girl, unfolds in the gradually.

The film is presented as a narration that is told to a reporter by Sabyasachi Chakraborty, who himself plays an important role in the movie.

The film has some great actors of the Bengali Film Industry but fails to retain the interest of the viewer. The story of the film seems to be a mix of some Hindi films and is too predictable to sustain attention of the audience.

Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Soumitra Chatterjee, the two veteran actors, are expectedly strong in their performances. But the young actors failed to match up. Saheb Chatterjee, Bhaswar Chatterjee, Subhrajit Datta, Soumili Biswas, Mumtaz Sorcar, Arpita Mukherjee and newcomer Tilottama Dutta are the young actors in this film. They all need to work on their skills and sharpen them more to impress the audience, though their hard work and sincere efforts commend appreciation.

Saheb Chatterjee plays Tito, Bhaswar Chatterjee is seen as Ayan, Subhrajit Datta as Jeet, Soumili Biswas as Dipa, Mumtaz Sorcar as Puja and Arpita Mukherjee as Pamela.

The music of this film is composed by Diptanil Chowdhury and the Bengali film songs are performed by Rupankar, Subhamita, Shubhajit, Jojo and Promita.

Editor Alok Dhar has done an adequate job with smooth transitions.

The film is unlikely to meet audience expectations and may do an average business or less at the box office.