Review of “Shesh Theke Shuru” – Love story overloaded with sloppy melodrama
Director – Raj Chakraborty
Cast – Jeet, Koel Mallick, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Sourav Chakraborty
Overall Rating – 2.5/5
With Baccha Shoshur, Jeet had shown a ray of hope that finally he is trying to come out of remake zone and want to work on some interesting content but sadly he returned to the same route of remakes once again with the 50th film of his career Shesh Theke Shuru. Making a remake is not always a bad idea, if the director can narrate the story in his own vision, but making a scene by scene copy shows the lack of creativity of the director and the writers. Unfortunately Shesh Theke Shuru is a scene by scene copy of the Turkish film Su ve Ates which was dubbed as Water and Fire in English.
The story is about two star crossed lovers Mahid (Jeet) and Pujarini (Koel Mallick). First time they meet co-incidentally during a flight journey from Dubai to London. Mahid is a well settled businessman from Dhaka who is in London to escape from his problematic past. Pujarini is a research scholar from Kolkata who has came to London for higher studies. In London, they keep meeting with few more co-incidences and finally they fall in love. They even planned to get married but destiny had some other plans for them. Mahid’s past comes in between their future plans. Mahid has to go back to Dhaka to settle down his family problems. In Dhaka, situations goes out of his hand and unintentionally he has to marry a girl Farzana(Ritabhari Chakraborty) to solve the rivalry between two families.
The story is over dramatic and the things that has been portrayed as sacrifice in love are simply some stupid decision taken with immaturity. Such emotional sagas used to work few decades ago but now it looks totally outdated. All the three lead characters are emotional fools and confused with their actions. These characters hardly qualify to get any sympathy from the audience. Some of the scenes are unintentionally funny like the climax (with a surprising twist) or the scene where Pujarini delivers her baby, these scenes can give tough competition to the daily soaps in terms of melodrama . Although the makers have not credited it as an official remake but thankfully they have not credited anyone as story writer. Only Aditya Sengupta has been credited as screenplay and dialogue writer. In the name of screenplay he has to written the same scenes changing the locations to Dhaka and Kolkata and as dialogue he has just converted English sub titles to Bengali. To his credit he has inserted a situation for an item song and that is terribly misfit in the plot. The only good thing that he has tried to incorporate in the script is the intra-religion love between Mahid and Pujarini but that angle has not been explored much except for a dialogue about Eid and Puja.
Raj Chakraborty is well capable of handling emotional family dramas and he has shown that here also. He should now restrict himself from doing frame by frame remakes, rather he should invest his directorial skills to something better and original. Among the technical team one must praise Sunil Rodrigues for wonderfully designing the action sequences and chase sequences. Manas Ganguly’s cinematography is full of vibrant colors which is not eye soothing at all. Arkopravo Mukherjee who has made his debut as a Bengali film composer has created refreshing music but except for the song Allah Amar none of the other songs sounds impressive in the film.
Most of the shortcomings of the story has been compensated too some extent with an honest performance by the leading man Jeet. He has shown maturity in his acting. He is very good in the emotional scenes, specially in his marriage sequence and the scene where he meets his son for the first time. In action sequences also he is effortless. Koel Mallick is effective in the second half when she requires to do some serious stuff but in the first half when she is supposed to play a bubbly free spirited girl in those portions she has done very much loud acting. Her effort to look vibrant energetic young girl actually looks gimmicky. Although both Jeet and Koel still shares a good chemistry but it is not that effective like it was few years ago. Ritabhari Chakraborty has comparatively much lesser screen time but she has managed to impress in this complex character. She has played a girl desperately in love with a man who has zero interest in her. Her desperation and frustration is very much visible in her expressions. Among the others, Saurav Chakraborty has done a fine job in a negative character.
Overall Shesh Theke Shuru is a film that could have create magic if it would have been released around a decade ago. Now in 2019, this film will hardly appeal to anyone else other than the die hard fans Jeet and Koel.