NATOBAR NOT OUT (2010) Bengali Movie Review: NANO is a successful comedy film with universal appeal

By Aditya Chakraborty

Natobar Not Out Kolkata Bengali Movie PosterCalcutta, Nov 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Directed by Amit Sen (WBRi Exclusive Interview), Natobar Not Out has a star cast of Raima Sen (Interview), Mustafa Prakash (WBRi exclusive Interview), Ananya Dutta (WBRi exclusive Interview), Ramaprasad Banik, Biswajit Chakrabarty, Mousumi Saha, Sudeepa Bose, Kharaj Mukherjee (WBRi exclusive Interview), Chandan Sen, Kaushik Ganguly (WBRi exclusive Interview), Kamalika Banerjee and others. Music is directed by Debojyoti Mishra (WBRi exclusive Interview) and the lyrics are by Kamaleswar Mukherjee (WBRi exclusive Interview). The film is produced by Bunch of Buddies who are trying to bring in the next generation of crisp and smart Bengali film to Kolkata. Their fisrt film PA MA GA RE SA (2009) is remembered by all Bengali film-lovers fondly.

Natobar Not Out is a comedy which should appeal to all classes of people, primarily Bengalis - whether rural, urban or small town. Many Bengalis are poets or aspire to be one. They have a deep attachment with poetry. This film is about the central character Natobar with poetry in his heart.

Audio Song Promo: Megher Palok Chander Nolok Kagojer Kheya Bhashche - Natobar Not Out (Bengali, 2010)

Natobar is a young guy from a typical North Kolkata middle class neighbourhood whose heart beats for poetry, but with no appreciation coming from any quarters including the local club, he loses heart. He gets a job in an ad agency one day and becomes a much sought after copy-writer for his jingles. His lifestyle changes completely overnight and he has the latest gizmos, starts wearing branded clothes and has a credit card to show off.

He becomes a hero in his neighbourhood by getting events sponsored by his company but at the same time exhausts his money by buying gifts. He slowly moves away from his girlfriend Mithu and gifts a diamond pendant to his colleague Ujala who accompanies him for an ad shoot to Mumbai.

The bank and the moneylender start to pursue him for his dues as his lavish lifestyle leaves him in debt, as also his company after losing the film contract for which Natobar had worked so hard. He starts working at his father’s factory due to circumstances.

The film is about the hero, a poet with simple aspirations surrounded by his dreamy world who gets an excellent chance to work in a big agency and becomes a genius of a copywriter but his success is short lived and his world comes crashing down and he returns to base to work in his father’s factory. The characters in the film are simple, yet people you can identify with and the film is full of one liners and comic elements.

The film also tells us that it is very difficult to survive on poetry but there is a different world out there which one can be part of as Natobar, it is just bad luck along with extravagance that brings Natobar down.

The film has many memorable characters like the sultry modern Ujala, Natobar’s colleague who has him all over her only to later realize that she is married  - played by Ananya Dutt, a powerful theatre and film actress and she does her job very well. Then there is Bholada (brilliantly played by Kharaj Mukherjee), who is forever drunk, much loved by the para boys, Tribhuvan, the ad agency boss of Natobar played by Kaushik Ganguly (shows us how good an actor he is with a complete image of an ad honcho), Braja (Natobar’s father) played by Ramaprasad Banik and others. All the actors have performed brilliantly, especially the character actors. Raima is okay, but one feels that the film might be a let down because of Mustafa’s performance. He is from Bangladesh and it is not that he has performed badly, it is just that he stands nowhere in comparison to the other performances in the film and he does not have a strong personality nor an excellent screen performance. However this is his first film and he has done credibly and if a very big name would have taken as the male lead, maybe he could not have done justice. The songs are nice including the opening sequence featuring the title song where we even see Mir who has even sung the song with a host of other people. Saswata Chatterjee as Bappada or D. Bappa is delightful and appears to be gay, but he is not as he is constantly seen with his girlfriend.

The Shocker - Moon Moon Sen doing a Rekha like act from Parineeta (Kaisi Hai Paheli) in the song ‘I Have been Alone’ which she is seen singing in a nightclub. Rekha is Rekha who keeps on getting younger and sexier every day and can put actresses more than half her age to shame with her figure and oomph, but does Moon Moon Sen think she can be Rekha as well ? When will she know where to stop ? She is a completely aged, fat lady who will terrify us with her presence rather than excite us!