Self-made hotelier and playboy Aditya Roy Chowdhury (Ankush) falls for Esha (Nusrat) and employs her in his resort, which he runs with his best friend, Prachi (Sayantika). Things go fine till Esha’s past meddles with their present.
There are times when a remake can touch an emotional chord despite obvious disregard for cultural and geographical differences between Bengal and the film’s place of origin. Ami Je Ke Tomar is strong proof of that.
It’s really a good watch; an emotional one, rather. It’s one of those films that tend to touch your romantic nerve and keep you glued to your seat till the end. Hats off to the script for that (the original, I mean). Despite being a quintessential playboy-meets-good girl story, Ami Je… comes with a twist that makes it special, and touching.
The trio of Nusrat, Ankush and Sayantika has managed to live up to their bits quite well. Sayantika has done a really good job of playing the matter-of-fact Prachi, especially when it comes to scenes where she needs to express (or rather, hide) her emotional turmoil on seeing her love, Aditya, falling for Esha. Ankush and Nusrat, too, display good chemistry and manage to get their expressions bang on in this drama involving intense emotions.
But on the downside, this official remake of the Marathi film, Mitwaa, retains quite a few obvious Maharashtrian elements. For one, the predominant deity in the film is Shirdi Sai Baba. With all due respect, how many Bengalis visit a Shirdi Sai Baba temple every morning and where exactly in Kolkata is such a large temple of the saint? Then there’s this geographical confusion — Aditya’s resort is apparently in Kolkata, because he never mentions Digha, though he plans to open a branch in Mandarmoni. But he keeps walking out to a beach, come good or bad times. Anyone out there who’s seen a sea beach around town?
These two bloopers apart, the treatment of the film is, thankfully, not over-the-top. We’re so fed up of that after sitting through umpteen ultra-loud south remakes! In fact, most part of Ami Je Ke Tomar (sounds hauntingly similar to Hum Apke Hain Kaun, doesn’t it?) bears uncanny resemblance to the original, including the opening song-and-dance sequence and Ankush’s outfits and his facial fuzz towards the end. And yes, the songs could have been easily filmed in India. It’s kind of disconcerting to see the characters spending a fortune on airfare and visas just to go and dance in Europe!
But all said and done, despite the now-known failings of remakers, I would strongly advise you to watch this film. It will take you back to that Karan Johar kind of mush, with an Imtiaz Ali touch of friendship and a touching twist in the ‘tail’ with good performances to boot. Just take along popcorn for two, and if there’s a crier on board, an extra-large handkerchief.