Review of “Love Aaj Kal Porshu” – An interesting story idea lagged behind for an average writing
Director – Pratim D. Gupta
Cast – Arjun Chakrabarty, Madhumita Sarkar, Paoli Dam, Anindita Bose, Anirban Chakrabarti, Abhijit Guha
Love Aaj Kal Porshu written and directed by Pratim D. Gupta has an interesting premise but sadly the screenplay fails to do justice with that. The concept is definitely inspired from some popular Hollywood movies but it is not a remake or copy. It is an original story with lot of potential but sadly not presented with that conviction. It has some moments that leave good impression but overall the impact is not so satisfactory.
Talking anything about the story will be injustice to the film. Only it can be said that it is about two people (Arjun Chakrabarty and Madhumita Sarkar) who are destined to fall in love. No matter by which name or identity they meet eventually they fall in love for each other every time, there is something that connects their souls. But the film is not only about these two there are some other key characters lead by a successful businesswoman Kalki Maitra (Paoli Dam) who are also very much involved with this made for each other couple. How and why they are involved that should be discovered by watching the film.
With every film, Pratim D. Gupta comes with a very unique and interesting story idea. He is one film maker who is never afraid to take risk in terms of subjects but in some of his recent films he has failed to covert his interesting concepts to an engaging screenplay. Love Aaj Kal Porshu is also a victim of that. It is high time for him to up-skill himself as a screenplay writer or work with someone else who can do better justice with his story ideas. Although the dialogues written by Pratim is smart and sounds natural.
There are four separate love stories in the film and each of these stories has their own different flavor but the screenplay moves in a hurried pace giving no time to get emotionally attached with any of these stories. It jumps from one love story to another without giving proper time to the audience to settle down with any of the story or its characters. The film wraps up even before two hours which was not required at all. It could have easily give some more time to each of the stories. The film has tried to slam the latest trend of entertainment industry in the name of reality shows that plays dirty games with the emotions as well as privacy of people just to earn more popularity. This is an well intentioned idea but it could have been told in a more convincing and logical way. Although it is not designed as a one room drama, still the whole film is confined in a same location with just six characters around that gives it a feel of telefilm and tv serial. Inclusion of different locations and more characters could have cost more budget but it would have helped to break the monotony for sure.
Although the short comings of the writing has been compensated to some extent by a very skillful cast and technical crew. Cinematographer Subhankar Bhar has made the film visually stunning. Sanglap Bhowmick’s editing is effective for most of the part. The two songs composed by Arindom sounds good in both audio track as well as in the film. The recreated version of the Rabindra Sangeet Tomay Natun Kore Pabo Bole fits aptly with the basic concept of the film.
Among the cast, it is Paoli Dam who has given the best performance in a very different character. Pratim D. Gupta is well aware of her potential and he has always utilized that by writing very powerful characters for her. In one scene in the film, Paoli’s character says that acting is the ability to lost your own identity in front of camera to be the character and she certainly knows that skill. Arjun Chakrabarty has been seen as a leading man after a long time. It is truly a reintroduction for him. He has played four different characters and he has convincingly make each of them look different from each other by using different body language and attitude. He needs to work more on lip syncing other wise he is good in his part. Madhumita Sarkar has made a promising debut. She looks pretty and has a charming screen presence. That will surely help her to get glamorous heroine characters in mainstream cinema in future but if she wants to do more performance based characters then she need to improve her craft. Just like her leading man on screen, she too has played four different characters but there is hardly any difference in those characters other than their costumes. Anirban Chakrabarti, Anindita Bose and Abhijit Guha are good in their limited scope.
On a whole Love Aaj Kal Porshu could have been a much better film with a better written script but still it has something to appreciate; an interesting concept, crackling chemistry between the lead pair, strong performances by the lead cast, an excellent technical crew. In future, if we want to see refreshing and original stories more in Bengali movies then we have to support the not so successful attempts towards that direction now.