HANGOVER - latest Bengali movie review by Nilanjann Nandy.


Like having ‘a peg too many’ and waking up the next morning with a heavy head and a need for black coffee; the latest Prasenjit release Bengali movie “HANGOVER” directed by Prabhat Roy deals with the post 40 ‘hangover’ trauma in males, when the craving for romance or to be precise – ‘FLINGS’ becomes unbearable and as a result the ‘day-after’ seems similar to a post-party morning feeling!

An effort at comedy from the directorial stable of Prabhat Roy happens to be a good effort though it lacks finesse and those subtle almost invisible punches of a brilliant comedy. At times, situations seem a little crass, which undoubtedly takes the film off to an obtuse horizon!
Charlie Chaplin the maestro once commented – that COMEDY IS THE MOST SERIOUS BUSINESS, and here, what lacks is the foundation on which great comedies thrive; this subject being dealt with before in “Pati Patni aur Woh” by B. R. Chopra starring Sanjeev Kumar and Vidya Sinha, and later in several films but without proper sense of timing (which is crucial in a Comedy) and an intelligent script.

The script here is far from being impressive, making it mundane and monochromatic.
Performances are just average right from the two females – Paramita and Sayantika to Biplab Chatterjee and Shubhashish Mukherjee, apart from Prasenjit himself who manages to give his 100% to bring the character alive and breathing.
But a star alone cannot salvage a total production and hence “Hangover” has less chances of hanging out for a long time in the theatres!

The story goes like this: Samaresh (Prasenjit) a married man, and the CEO of a satellite television channel falls in love with a young girl turning his world topsy-turvy.
Prasenjit has lost a few pounds again and has adorned the right spectacles and trousers with suspenders to adorn the look of a forty plus male.
Samaresh’s (Prasenjit) wife finds out about his flings and then the fun begins. From the beginning till the predictable end characters played by Biplab Chatterjee, Shubhashish Mukhopadhyay, a newcomer Joy, pops in and out. Many more things could have been incorporated in the script and many more twists and hilarious turns could have been brought about similar to wonderful Hollywood flicks harboring on the same subject which would have been very relevant with the Indian milieu, but this script with it’s many loose ends falls flat!

Bappi Lahiri’s son Bappa Lahiri has composed the songs for this movie, which lacks promise and sounds nothing like new and fresh! At best I can say that the title track “Hangover” is foot-tapping but you tend to forget that too as you step out of the theatres.

Bappi-da’s music, though plagiarized at times and sounding like a little 80’s discos, had something called melody. Many of his compositions are still rocking the charts which include songs like Chalte Chalte, I am a disco Dancer to the melodious Tokhon tomar ekush bochhor bodhoy and Mongolo Dweep jwele form ‘Pratidan’. But Bappa Lahiri’s music has no soul. The music arrangement is mushy and sound old, where technology has provided endless possibilities especially for music programming, arrangement and recording. With “Hangover”, Bappa Lahiri as music director is directly in league with Jeet Ganguly, Rajesh Roy and Indradeep Dasgupta, and he should tighten up his laces to bring out fresh and thought provoking  sounds like “Challenge”, “Prem Amaar”, “Le Chhakka” and “Pa Ma Ga Re Sa” and “Wanted” if he wants to carve his place in this industry.
Cinematography by Premendu B Chaki is good, Swapan Guha's editing is just about average; but directorial snags are visible here and there.

However, “Hangover” will possibly get a rating of 2 on 5 at best!!