As a storyline, it's not very unique. But the script, performances, cinematography and locations make up for it.
took the box office by storm, ghost films inevitably became the flavour of the season. Some experimented with screen adaptations of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's stories on friendly ghosts with various levels of success. But the director of
tries making this film with an original story and script, a host of super-talented and veteran actors and last but not the least, without any superstar. Except for a bit stretched second-half and an over-dramatized climax, his efforts bear positive results.
is engaging, funny and a good one-time watch.
It's a story of a once-wealthy joint family staying in a 200-year-old decrepit house full of ghosts. Four brothers live with their family. They are the grandsons of late Raybahadur Dhumrokolap (Soumitra), whose ghost stays there in the house along with his dead
and aunt. Like all the old houses, there's also a hidden treasure and a clue which leads to it. The family desperately searches for the treasure, finding which will ensure the end of their falling conditions and save the house from a ruthless promoter (Shankar Chakraborty). As a storyline, it's not very unique. But the script, performances, cinematography and locations make up for it.
The ensemble cast of the movies does half of the job. When you have actors like Soumitra Chatterjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Paran Bandopadhyay, Biswanath Basu, Subhabsish Mukhopadhyay sharing screen space, you know that you're on for a hell of a comic ride. And they don't disappoint. The small detailing of their characters, like Paran's hearing problem, Soumitra's Alzheimer's that makes him forget the location of the treasure, Kharaj's mad scientist act or Shankar's portrayal of a promoter who's also a jatra superstar and a Rajinikanth impersonator, successfully make the audience laugh and a huge difference in the film. But the description will be incomplete if Biswanath's performance is not mentioned. He plays Debasish Ghosh, a roly-poly theatre actor who plans to make it big one day. He is also a self-confessed kleptomaniac and is scared of ghosts. He rents a room in the haunted house and ultimately acts as a saviour to the inmates and the way he does it leaves you ROFL.
However, this film's actual treasure is the script and for that actor-cum-scriptwriter Padmanabha Dasgupta should take a bow. Every other line of the script is witty and the best thing is that the sexual innuendos don't make you cringe. If only the plot wasn't stretched unnecessarily in the second half and the climax wasn't over-dramatic, this film would've definitely made a bigger impact. Still, the director shows promise. That is enough for a debutant.