Mou Bone Aaj (2011) - A No Pretence Family Entertainer with Naughty Romance: Bengali Movie Review

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

Kolkata, India, November 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio/Penning Creations) With his latest movie “Mou Bone Aaj”, director Raja Sen (interview), has ventured into a new genre altogether. Having created his own niche with serious, off-beat movies like Damu, Debipaksha, Atmiyo Swajan, Desh and his most recent period pieces like Krishnakanter Will and Laboratory, “Mou Bone Aaj” definitely effuses a new flavor.

This film revolves around a father-son relationship. Set in the backdrop of a small village, the story unfurls many layers of an apparently incompatible father-son duo. The father, Satish Roy (Ranjit Mullick) is a businessman and social activist who is sweating it out to bring his impractical son, Mainak (Rahul) back on track. For getting him in-sync with the realities of life, Satish embarks on a search for a suitable bride for his son. He finally zeroes in on Payel (Priyanka), Mainak’s college mate who fits in as perfect medium to ‘fix’ Mainak. Another significant character in the film is Ella (Rachana Banerjee - interview), an orphan and a widow who is sheltered by Satish. Almost an elder sister to Mainak, Ella bridges the gap between father and son.

The strength of this film undoubtedly lies in its cast. Veteran actor Ranjit Mullick plays his part perfectly as a dominating but caring father. Rahul fits convincingly in the role of a hopeless failure. However, it is Priyanka who surprises. She offers an admiring screen presence with her wicked yet sweet charm. Rachana Banerjee, trying to make a mark as a serious actress is good as well. Her effort to rip herself off from all the glamour that surrounds her is worth kudos. Seasoned artistes Manoj Mitra, Dipankar De and Kaushik Sen as always are good in their respective parts.

The storyline is based on writer Samaresh Majumdar’s comedy. The script, written by celebrated actor-dramatist Manoj Mitra, who also stars in this film, is crisp and smart. Witty and funny, the script works mainly because of its utter simplicity even when lacking that same charm that is emitted from his brilliant dramas.

The cinematography by Rana Dasgupta is good. The use of bright colors lends a vibrant effect to the scenes and the soft indoor-lightning gives the frames a very realistic appearance. Arghyakamal Mitra, the editor should have been more liberal with his scissors as Mou Bone Aaj tends to drag in few selected parts.

Partha Sengupta and Ramji, the music directors have done a decent job with some hummable tunes and a soothing background score, minus the ear-exploding effects which is so not needed in a light hearted comedy like this. The lyrics by Samaresh Majumdar and Partha Sengupta borders on the line between decent to good. The three songs by Monomoy and others are simple and soothing.

As for the direction, Raja Sen has done a decent job with this light-hearted comedy. Simple is the word to define “Mou Bone Aaj” - a simple story told simply without any unwanted thrills and frills. There is no pretence in the film and thus, “Mou Bone Aaj” has the potential draw crowds as a family entertainer that has elements of comedy sprinkled with naughty romance.

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