The film just seems to float through life and time, never delving deep into anything. As a result, the film seems just as mindless as maybe a larger-than-life south remake.
It's a good concept that could have been brilliant, had it not been for the story's lack of depth.
just seems to float through life and time, never delving deep into relationships, conflicts etcetera. The story just grazes the surface — be it the people shown in the film or the science behind time travel. As a result, the film seems just as mindless as maybe a larger-than-life south remake.
Time travel — the pivot of the story — is a concept shown so hazily that one gets to see more of scientist Chiranjit in mundane places like airports or drawing rooms than a proper laboratory. There's absolutely no explanation of how his 'capsule' — a colourful little thing that you need to pop to travel in time — actually works or how he 'programmes' it. He keeps doing this Iron Man thing by creating screens with simple hand movements. It's much later in the film that we find out that he does so using microchips embedded under his skin. Sounds familiar? I hope Tony Stark is not reading this. As for his technology — developed after 14 years of research — there's absolutely no mention. True, cine-goers could feel weighed down by hyper-scientific banter, but even make-believe needs a certain amount of validation. There should have been some explanation about how the capsule not only sends a person back or forward in time, but also transports him to another location. Abby consumes the capsule at home, but ends up at Maidan in 1980. How? Better use your own imagination.
The acting department, on the other hand, is the film's strong point. Everyone, right from 'Abby' Abir to his two leading ladies, Raima and Arunima, have done justice to their roles. The other characters, including Abby's friends played by Neel and Kanchan, his 1980 boss (Bratya), his envious colleague (Biswanath), have put in really good performances. In fact, it's their performance that lends credence to the rather fantastic storyline. Abby Sen is, hence, a film one should watch to enjoy some great performances.
The music is good and so is the background score, but the depiction of 1980 in the film never goes beyond the use of a few familiar tunes (like the morning tune of AIR or the opening piece of yesteryears' Doordarshan) or dropping of a few random brand names, including Gold Spot. The computer-generated imagery or CGI used in the film, however, is pretty good.
is a film you should watch for the great performances. But if you are looking for a heavy dose of hi-tech sci-fi, stick to Hollywood.