Bhalobasha Off Route E (2012) - A Bengali Movie Tailored to impress | WBRi Movie Review

Bangla Movie Actress Tanushree Chakraborty
Actress Tanushree Chakraborty at the premiere

Kolkata, March 5, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The Bangla industry is opening up to a host of new artistes and filmmakers. In fact this invasion of new talent is one of the primary reasons for the resurgence of Bangla cinema on the international map. Sadly, the director of Bhalobasha Off Route E produced by Chitra Creations, Arunava  Khasnobis still has a very long way to go in order to carve his niche in the mainstream. We would not have been prompted to say this, but enough good films have begun to pour out recently to save the face of the dilapidated Bangla film industry. In such a delicate scenario, the film moonwalks in reverse gear.

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One look at the cast will make anyone rush to the theaters. It includes Rahul, Saswata Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Abhiraj, Kharaj Mukherjee, Kanchan Mullick, Tanusree Chakraborty, Parijat, Partha Sarathi Deb, Sudarshana and Padmanabha Dasgupta, who also happens to be the writer of the film and a number of other blockbusters recently. With such bright players on board, one would have expected a credible result. Of course, a film can be received either ways by eclectic audience and the makers remain well aware of this fact. But what disappointed us the most was the overall tone of the film, which constantly seemed to hinge on humour of the lowest common denominator (masquerading as comedy). In fact, there was a determinate effort to evoke shrills and cries from the front benches of the theater, and to this extent the film can be called successful.

The plot revolves around the revenge of two brothers who had hitherto migrated to the city from their native village after having lost a football match against a group of goons. The plot treads on the familiar tropes of successful Hindi and Bangla films and is in fact one of the saving graces of the film. The dialogues are juvenile and replete with clichés and sour jokes that are likely to stifle primary school children entering puberty.

Everything about the screenplay seemed to have been manipulated to incite cheers and quick laughs with very little sensitivity towards any of its characters. The music by debutante director Debarpito is noteworthy for an unconventional number with Hindi lyrics and the inspirational rendition of “Bangali’r Football”. The cinematography by Parmatma Yadav is passable while the mis en scene is heavily theatrical. The hapless cast seemed heavily led by the performances of Saswata Chatterjee and Rudranil Ghosh whereas there are considerable doubts about the acting capabilities of Rahul, Kanchan Mallick and the likes.

All said and done, there may well be takers for Bhalobasha Off Route E, given the general frivolity of the story and characters. However, it may be presumptuous on the part of the makers to consistently undermine the intelligence of the so-called ‘suburban audience’ for their shoddy outputs. Light-heartedness and delusional mirth aside, the audience in Bengal who make their way to the cinema, deserve to be presented with fresh ideas on the big screen.

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