Kolkata July 2, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Billed as an enjoyable main stream masala movie, Phire Esho Tumi released all across Bengal this week.
The film centers around the life of Shree (Meghna Haldar), a bar-singer with the burden of her family on her young shoulders. She faces tough ordeals both at home and work place. Her evil boss exploits her at every step and wants to take advantage of her in distinctly shady ways.
Amidst all these, Shree’s relationship with the cab driver of the bar, Rahul (Vivek Trivedi) blossoms. A parallel story, revolving around the local goons, is also developed in the film. Here, we find an honest local boy Swapan (Badshah Maitra) fighting against the corrupt political system and facing harassment by the local police.
At the same time, he is in relationship with another bar dancer (Banhi). Dulal Lahiri portrays the character of a canny politician who uses local youths to fulfill his selfish desire. Although Swapan succumbs in his conflict with the corrupt political system, he leaves behind a legacy of determined struggle against the latter.
The young Meghna Haldar stands head and shoulders above all others in the movie. Newcomer Arup Sharma tries his best to justify his cameo as the former boyfriend of the heroine. The male lead, Vivek Trivedi’s performance is passable. However, Dulal Lahiri, cast in a negative character, leaves a mark - he does total justification to his role as a corrupt political leader. Badshah Maitra also impresses as the honest local man fighting against the corrupt political system.
Phire Esho Tumi scores brownie points due to its excellent cinematography. The camera angles and shooting techniques capture the corners of the slums of Kolkata remarkably well during the opening shot of the film.
The background score is sufficient, though nothing to write home about. The songs of Fire Eso Tumi are adequate but not outstanding, in spite of some of the most talented contemporary playback singers lending their voices to them.
The dialogs of Phire Eso Tumi reflect the hardcore commercial genre that the movie belongs to. The frequent usage of profanities is also rather jarring. Fire Eso Tumi, in its entirety, remains only a half-decent, and mostly forgettable, commercial fare.