Hridoye Lekho Naam (2012) Bengali Movie Review - Trambak and Arpita in Romantic Flick feat. Monica Bedi as Item Girl

Hridoye Lekho Nam (2012) Bengali Movie Opens at Bijoli Cinema in Kolkata
Hridoye Lekho Nam (2012) Bengali Movie Opens at Bijoli Cinema in Kolkata

Hriday Lekho Naam (2012) Bengali Movie features hot Bollywood actress Monica Bedi in a sizzling Item Song

Kolkata May 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) When filmmaker Dayal Acharya announced that his new film, ‘Hridaye Lekho Naam’ would have new faces as its leading couple, cinegoers, in unison, hoped that the film would turn out to be a nice, enjoyable watch. Acharya was also looking to make his mark in the top league of directors in the Bengali film industry after his debut venture, ‘Lojja’, had sunk without a trace. Adding to the attractions of the new movie was the fact that, Bollywood beauty Monica Bedi would be making her Tollywood debut in this film, that too in a sizzling item number.

Hriday Lekho Naam (2012) Bengali Movie features hot Bollywood actress Monica Bedi in a sizzling Item Song

Hriday Lekho Nam’ starts off with the formulaic boy-meets-girl story, with the young and dashing ‘Pritam’ (Trambak) cavorting with a lady draped in a red saree who tries her best, but fails, to showcase her sensuality. Just when viewers may be led to thinking ‘Pritam’ is an essentially flirtatious guy, the song ends and it is revealed that he is nothing of the sort. In fact, he is shown to be a man who is fully aware of his responsibilities, at least as far as being the protector of all ladies of his locality from the lustful eyes of baddies is concerned. Oh, and ‘Pritam’ is academically brilliant too, topping the charts in his Higher Secondary examination and big things being expected of him during his graduation.

‘Pritam’ and his group of friends have a local friend, philosopher & guide ‘Gautam-da’ in the locality too, who, for some weird reason best known to himself, drinks quite heavily and goads on the young men to fight!. The family of ‘Pritam’ is a happy one, with the daily fights between his father ‘Ganapati Roy’ (Biplab Chatterjee) and mother (Mousumi Saha) adding to the charms of everyday life.

If the leading man of a strictly commercial Bengali film is young, smart, courageous and has a heart of gold, can you guess what happens next? That’s right, romance enters his life! The pretty ‘Priya’ played by Bengali actress Arpita Mukherjee [interview] moves in ‘Pritam’s neighbourhood, along with her father and mother (Rita Koiral). The initial few meetings between ‘Pritam’ and ‘Priya’ are far from sweet though with the former accidentally hitting her with a cricket ball at one point, or beating up a goon in front of her car at another!. ‘Priya’ wrongly assumes ‘Pritam’ to be a total loafer and tends to get irritated whenever she comes across our protagonist. However, ‘Pritam’ who had, with his buddies, broken off into an impromptu jig when he had first met ‘Priya’, is smitten by the charms of the young lady and, in true filmi loverboy style, wanders about during the night, playing romantic tunes on his harmonica.

‘Priya’, at first, fails to see who is playing the mouth-organ, but the magic of musical melody makes her fall in love with the unknown person who wields the instrument.

It does not take long for ‘Priya’ to find out that it is, in fact, ‘Pritam’, who has been mesmerizing her with his musical skills. Love blossoms between the two when she slips during her morning walk and is helped to her car by ‘Pritam’. The latter also performs the immensely heroic task of rescuing her purse from a petty thief and saving her from some drunken goons at a bar while her friend and wannabe fiancé, ‘Rajesh’, had been merrily dancing along with Monica Bedi. It is not all smooth sailing for the starry-eyed young couple, however. ‘Priya’s mother is adamant that her daughter must marry ‘Rajesh’ whatever his faults might be, and even takes the help of her brother who is a goon himself, to mend the young girl’s ways and kill off the love affair for good.

‘Ganapati Roy’, a spectacular miser, also wants to marry off ‘Pritam’ to a rich girl, so that he can lay his hands on a handsome dowry. Will the romance of ‘Pritam’ and ‘Priya’ survive in the face of such adversities? In case you haven’t already guessed the answer, go ahead and watch ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’ at the theatres!

‘Hriday Lekho Naam’ is a movie that is so tacky in terms of its storyline and treatment and virtually all things else that, about ten minutes into the movie, you get a clear idea of how the narrative is going to unfold. In fairness, there are plenty of films going around which do not have any great newness about their plots, but at least they are smartly packaged, which sees them through at the box-office. There is not much in the way of sophistication in the manner in which ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’ has been shot, however, and this surely sticks out as an aberration in the current age of smart and stylish filmmaking.

The performances of the lead actors of ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’ do not inspire much confidence either. Trambak, as ‘Pritam’, makes a pretty unimpressive cinematic debut in the movie. The headbands, the dance moves (at least he tries to make them appear as moves!) and the ‘angry-young-man’ frown while dealing with thugs are all there, but Trambak falls short where it matters the most – his emoting skills. The action sequences (often the point where a young Bengali hero earns his ‘taalis-seetis’ from the audience!) are choreographed in a disappointing manner too, which pegs back Trambak’s performance further.

Arpita Chatterjee, who had earlier featured in a couple of relatively unsuccessful films, is only marginally better than Trambak in ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’. While the dialog delivery style of the young actress has considerable rooms for improvement, she does look pretty in her Indian outfits. The basic vulnerability of her character and her helplessness at being cowered by her overbearing mother are also portrayed quite nicely in the movie. However, the western dresses that she slips into during the song sequences are loud and garish, and do not go with her figure whatsoever.

‘Hriday Lekho Naam’ is one of the few films ever made where the heroine, who dresses up demurely at home, puts on a daringly short (and extremely red!) dress to visit a shopping mall. She wears red boots too! A style makeover can certainly help Arpita in her acting endeavours in future.

In fact, it is the older and more seasoned actors, who manage to make a proper mark in ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’. Biplab Chatterjee, as ‘Ganapati Roy’, induces some genuine mirth from the viewers with his antics (he brings rotten fish from the market and tells his wife to cook them properly!). Mousumi Saha is nice as the doting mother of ‘Pritam’. Rita Koiral is in her elements as a dominating woman who will stop at nothing to have her way. Monica Bedi scorches the screens with a steamy item number. The others do not get any great scope in the film.

‘Hriday Lekho Naam’ moves along at a steady pace, with an incident-filled narrative. The problem lies in the fact that, almost everything about the movie is way too predictable for its own good. The screenplay (by Dayal Acharya himself) has no surprises at any point and the ordinary (read: poor!) performances of the leading couple makes the movie seem all the more mediocre. Editing, by M. Sushmit, is nothing spectacular (given the oft-repeated nature of the storyline, he could hardly have done much better!). Pradip Chakravorty’s camerawork is steady - which is something, given the evidently tight budget on which the movie was made.

Like most other things related to ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’, its musical score is also in shambles. Eminent singers like Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik and Amit Kumar lend their voices to some of the most forgettable tunes of recent times (composed by Goutam Ganguly). ‘Aha Ki Mushkil’, the item number picturized on Monica Bedi, is the only song that is even remotely hummable (less for its own quality though, and more for Bedi’s moves!). Background music is, however, not bad.

Hriday Lekho Naam’ is an honest effort by director Dayal Acharya to make an enjoyable love story. However, the movie suffers from the amateurish performances from its leading duo and a supremely boring and pedestrian plot. The ordinary sets and the downright poor musical score do not help matters either. The movie had promised fireworks in the form of Monica Bedi’s item number, and delivers on that count. However, that alone can hardly make up for the overall dullness of ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’.

At a time when superbly classy movies like ‘Bhuter Bhabishyat’, ‘Laptop’ and ‘Abar Byomkesh’ are being made, the release of ‘Hriday Lekho Naam’ raises a moot question. Is mainstream, commercial Bengali cinema actually making any progress?