'Borbaad' : WBRi exclusive Movie review

by Jyoti Prakash Mandal



A young guy, a college going girl and a bike forms the crux of Raj Chakrabarty’s latest cinematic venture ‘Borbaad’, a remake of Tamil film Polladhavan (2007) starring regional superstar Dhanush.

Joy (Debutant Bonny Sengupta) lives in a slum area with his parents and sister. Young Joy feels the need to own a bike to grab a job. So he spends hard earned savings of his father to buy a bike. Soon he bags a job, albeit owning a bike contributed to the cause. The bike also soon played cupid between Joy and his crush Nandini. And their love story begins. Just as Joy started feeling to be the happiest guy in the world with a job and a pretty girlfriend in his life, crisis strikes. His bike gets stolen by the gang of Imran (Mainak), a local tough and brother of an influential Don (Sudip Mukherjee) who controls all the anti-social activities of the area. When the culprit behind the bike thievery gets nailed by Joy, he has a face-off with Imran. After Imran gets beaten up by Joy, he tries to attack Joy repeatedly, even going against the will of his elder brother. Imran crosses every limit to pursue his lust for Joy’s blood, not even sparing Joy’s family members, Joy decides to retaliate. What happens next forms the climax of the film.

 Borbaad

The story and script is quite entertaining, thanks to its Southern Film Industry origin. But unlike the original which starred already established actors, this movie has youngsters in the lead cast. Joy, The protagonist of the film has been played by debutant Bonny Sengupta. Bonny surprises the audience with his controlled acting and a perfect dialogue delivery. He has given almost a flaw less performance in his very debut and has given not a moment’s instance of errors like being intimated by the camera or a misfit body language which is quite a rarity for debutants. Bonny may be a very ordinary looking guy, sans the good looks of a conventional hero, but do has a very smart screen presence and can make his eyes do all the talking for him. Rittika, the female lead of the film plays the sweet and innocent Nandini well. It can be safely predicted that Rittika can be the perfect lady to take forward what Srabanti had once brought on screen. Rittika and Bonny have also hinted that both of them can be excellent dancers though a closer scrutiny will make us feel that Bonny needs to be more carefree while moving to tunes. Mainak, another youngster in the wicked avatar of Imran, is also very noticeable. Mainak, with his wide range of expressions throughout the film is really impressive. Sudip Mukherjee, too looks good in the attire of Don with a shade of honesty and a hater of injustice.

Raj Chakrabarty has once again proved why he is among the top director of Bengali film industry. He has made every part of the film look very real. He has also treated the supporting cast very carefully. Shuvankar Bhor is quite good with his lens work and Rabi Ranjan Moitra’s editing is as usual one of the better aspects of the film. Music of the film is also another high point of the movie. The settings of the plot may not call for too much designer costumes but Rittika’s costumes in the song sequences are too brilliant to go unnoticed. Yes, the credit should have a title called ‘Weapons Designer’.

A personal note about the closing scene: If I ever land up in front of my girlfriend in a bloodied and highly injured condition and she, instead of aiding my wounds gets ready to go for a ride on my bike, I would immediately go for a break up