WBRi Movie Review: KI KORE BOJHABO TOMAKE (2012) - Arjun Chakrabarty in Interesting Low-Budget Bengali Suspense Movie

Kolkata April 16, 2012 ( Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The month of March has been a stupendous one for the Bengali movie industry. The mood was set with the critically acclaimed ‘Charulata 2011’ during the very first week of the month and it was followed up by two monstrous hits in the form of Aneek Dutta’s ‘Bhooter Bhabishyat’ and Anjan Dutt’s ‘Abar Bomkesh’. Reshmi Mitra’s ‘Macho Mustana’ also managed to create quite a flutter among the general cinegoers. While these films delved with different central themes, all of them had a single common feature. Each of these movies was extremely well-promoted, with the makers deciding to adopt relatively aggressive marketing strategies to ensure that their films opened big at the theatres. Director Chaya Singh (an accomplished actress in South Indian cinemas in her own right!) chooses to, however, take up a slightly low-key approach for marketing her debut venture, ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomake’. While there was very little awareness and hype surrounding the movie, Singh was looking to (pleasantly!) surprise movie buffs with an engaging and well-crafted flick. The movie had a pretty intriguing storyline as well.

‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomake’ starts off with the story of a young (and hopelessly in love!) couple. He is ‘Vikram’ (Tanveer), a determined guy, who looks to rise above his humble financial backgrounds to attain success in life. She is ‘Sapna’ (Chaya Singh), a simple, passionate and charming lady, who seems to light up ‘Vikram’s life every time the two meet. However, fate has a cruel trick to play on the luckless ‘Vikram’ (who had already started to dream of a rosy future, with the companionship of ‘Sapna’!). He gets air of the fact that the object of his adoration is...hold your breath...already married! This, of course (rather understandably!) throws a spanner in the romantic affair of ‘Vikram’ and ‘Sapna’. Heartbreak is always associated with a great deal of pain and mental torture, as ‘Vikram’ comes to realize.

After getting over his initial bout of blinding anger and desperation, ‘Vikram’ realizes that he cannot possibly get over ‘Sapna’, who had always served as one of the very few bright points in his relatively mundane life. As such, he decides to find out more about ‘Sapna’s family. Over time, ‘Vikram’ comes to know that ‘Sapna’s husband, ‘Bishwanath’ (Arjun Chakrabarty) suffers from a physical disability and has a perverse mental condition as well. He simply bullies the rather demure ‘Sapna’, who dreams to (but never quite manages to muster up enough courage!) to have an independent life of her own.

The everyday problems of ‘Sapna’ are further compounded by ‘Bishwanath’s darling sister ‘Aparna’ (Payal). ‘Bishwanath’ and ‘Aparna’ seem to be driven by a single common mission – to make the life of ‘Sapna’ a true living hell. The two never miss an opportunity to insult the poor housewife, who is not feisty enough to retort to the shameful behaviour of her husband and sister-in-law. This terrible plight of ‘Sapna’, however, becomes unbearable for ‘Vikram’, who had been keeping a close eye on the proceedings right through. With the fire of romance still burning bright in his heart, ‘Vikram’ now makes up his mind to rescue ‘Sapna’ from her tyrannical family-members and give her the joys of life that she indeed deserves. Will the fervently committed ‘Vijay’ be able to get ‘Sapna’ out of her complicated situation? Indeed, are things as straightforward as they seem or is there some shady work going on behind the scenes? For the answers, you need to catch the movie at the theatres!

‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomaake’ is (thankfully!) not one of those run-of-the-mill, sugary romantic, ‘safe’ films, which are often taken up by debutant directors. In fact, Chaya Singh deserves a hearty round of applause for selecting an innovative (and interesting!) basic premise for her very first film. The movie packs in quite a few moments that have definite shock-value (none more so than the point where ‘Vikram’ finds out that his supposed sweetheart, ‘Sapna’ is already married!). The climax also holds out an unexpected surprise for the audience.

The performances from the lead members of the cast of ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomaake’ are relatively steady. Tanveer Khan, who essays the role of the leading man (‘Vikram’) in the movie, needs to bring greater spontaneity to his performances.

Chaya Singh, however, does a fantastic job as ‘Sapna’ in ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomake’. The actress showcases polished acting prowess as she portrays the helplessness of her character in the face of unfortunate familial problems and her inner craving to get out of it all and live the life of her choice with remarkable grace and poise. Viewers would definitely root for ‘Chaya’s character in the movie, such is the degree of realism that she breathes into her performance.

The performance of veteran actor Arjun Chakrabarty is yet another bright point of ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomake.’ The actor is in relatively unchartered territories here (not having essayed too many overtly aggressive and evil characters in his chequered career so far) but he fits the bill quite beautifully in the film. There is a certain angst in the character of ‘Bishwanath’ (which probably stems from his physical deficiencies) and the inner sufferings and an inherent will to dominate his wife are fantastically showcased onscreen by Chakrabarty. Payal, as ‘Aparna’, is good in bits but her performance does become a trifle too loud in certain sequences. Riwk, as ‘Aparna’s boyfriend ‘Uday’ does not have much to do. Joy Badlani is okay. The others are relatively competent in their roles.

The modest production values of ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomake’ come as a downer, particularly keeping in mind the current trend of stylish and smart packaging of films. Screenplay, by Arif Riaz, is breezy enough at the start, but loses steam somewhat in the latter parts of the movie. The narrative does pick up at the very end, but, by that time, there is every chance that viewers would have started feeling bored. Editing, by Susmit Mondal, needed to be tighter to lend a smarter feel to the film.

‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomake’ is bolstered by the steady camerawork of Thomas Xaviier. While the experienced cinematographer does not get to shoot any exotic locales in the film (understandably, given that the budget of the movie was not exactly lavish!), Xaviier’s roving lenses does bring a certain air of authenticity about the sets in the movie. Dialogs are okay, if somewhat unremarkable. The musical score of the movie is weak too and none of the songs seem to have any extra appeal. The presence of a couple of hit numbers surely would have boosted the popularity of the movie further.

On the whole, ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomaake’ is an earnest attempt by director Chaya Singh to prove that genuinely interesting movies need not necessarily have sky-high budgets. Singh does a fabulous job as the leading lady of the film too. ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomaake’ definitely has its moments and does have its fair share of merits. However, with ‘Bhooter Bhabishyat’ and ‘Abar Bomkesh’ still going extremely strong at the theatres, it seems tough for ‘Ki Kore Bojhabo Tomaake’ to make any major headway as far as its performance at the box-office is concerned!