Joydeep (Soham) sets out on a nostalgic journey ahead of his wedding, inviting his first love Priya (Priyanka) from Santiniketan, his college flame Sayoni (Aindrita) from Kalimpong and friends he made in his lifetime.
Amar Aponjon is the love story of Joydeep — a die-hard romantic who finds love in every town or city life takes him to. No wonder, his ‘aponjon’ mostly comprise his former flames and a smattering of school and college friends. The film is mostly about pleasant times, scarred by short bouts of heartbreak.
In times when everywhere you look, there’s violence and disrespect for women and fellow humans, such films are always a welcome break. And I’m not saying that off hand. Joydeep is a passionate man, who deeply feels for every person who’s close to him. When he moves on, he doesn’t leave a trail of hate or malice; his love always begets love — even when destiny forces him to leave his past behind. That, despite him being a hopeless romantic, leaves you with a good feeling, which is always welcome.
Soham has done a really good job of what the script demanded of him. His expressions are bang on, especially when he plays a college student deeply enamoured of his classmate, Sayoni. Even in scenes where he’s heartbroken, or when feels deeply for his ‘aponjon’ he manages to manifest the right emotions to perfection. Yes, he doesn’t nail that college-going lad look, but that’s bound to be a tad difficult with his physique. But he manages to make up for that with his acting. On the other hand, Priyanka looks every bit the schoolgirl she plays with such elan. In fact, Aindrita and Subhashree also stand true to their characters, managing to deliver precise expressions, especially in scenes that demand precise expressions to define the emotions running within them. But credit for that should also go to director Raja Chanda. He has managed to steer the ship with finesse, though the twist at the end is a bit confusing and could have been done without. And yes, the only glaring glitch in an otherwise smooth storyline is the lack of a police action element in the scenes after Joydeep and his parents are roughed up by goons led by a guy who also loves Sayoni and, apparently, marries her by force. So, why doesn’t even Sayoni’s father, who seems to a well-established individual in Kalimpong, initiate action against the goons? Neither does Joydeep’s father (Shantilal) seem interested in any action; just in running away from the hill town. Is that guy the son of someone very powerful? That’s something we can only guess, because the storyline establishes nothing on those lines. But still, it doesn't take much away from the flow of the story; it just seems a bit odd in today's time and age and should have been kept in mind.
Overall, Amar Aponjon is surely worth a watch. It’s a romance through and through, but without the usual mush and the done-to-death SRK-style-hand-spread song and dance sequence. It’s a down-to-earth tale of a guy who finally ties the knot. With whom? Go, find out.