A really fun watch.
Sudeshna and Abhijit have worked with fresh faces before too, no wonder they know how to get the best of the young guns. A peppy, cheerful movie, with the emotional turmoils of coming of age near perfectly imbibed in it. Bapi (Arjun) with his quintessential rich dad is happy with his video games and his set of chronies. His dream run on the virtual track gets derailed when he is spurned by childhood buddy Dola (Mimi). Jijo (Anindya) is a tatooed college kid who along with buddy Riju (Dhruv) and fresh love from Delhi Teesta believes in having a good time. So when he has to buy jewellery for his lady love he heads to Bapi's shop. "Tore girlfriend mane toh amaro girlfriend, yeh mane bon," says Bapi. And the film is filled with such one liner that promise there's no dull moment in the film. Although Mimi and Arjun are not new in acting they have done a good job. When he impulsively kisses Dola and she notices the dirt in his fingernail, its a moment many guys will connect to. When Dola turns him down, the angst and hurt in Arjun's eyes is palpable. He effortlessly swings from a frivolous carefree soul to someone realizing the harshness of life with elan. Mimi looks really pretty in smart western clothes. She is the eternal embodiment of all young girls, forever confused when it comes to love. However more was expected of her specially the look of disgusted disillusionment with her elder intellectual crush. There's a surprise cameo in the film by one of the leading directors of our time, but let's keep that a surprise. Equations change with Shalmi coming in, the girl Bapi's parents have found for him, worried by his wet dreams. Again a youngster who has played her part to the hilt, specially with those expressive eyes. However, there is a distinct diction problem. Her anglicized convent educated twang is a big low, specially for a north kolkata banedi bari girl. The scene where she throws money in a restaurant seems a bit forced. She raises a very valid question, do two people rejected in love, find solace in each other?
Teesta as the bong chic from delhi is really good, considering this is her first film. She knows where to flip her head or when to twitch an eyebrow. Her handling of the bungling Jijo is endearing. Jijo (Anindya) and Riju (Dhruv) are integral part of the script but Dhruv somehow has seemed like a misfit in the group. The easy nonchalance with which they treat Bapi's trials and tribulations is sponataneous and hilarious at times. A promise of suicide followed by a breakfast of hot kachuri is just typical of college kids and they have really done justice to such scenes.
Kudos to the directors for bringing out the best out of fresh talents. When his whole family is counselling Bapi, the cacophony of gurgling sounds, the songs without typical dancing in garden scenes to smart college kid lingo, they have done a good job. However when Bapi decides to take life head on with a sales job, the scene with the background score of grow up bapi will remind many of a similar scene from wake up sid. Since they have paid so much attention to details, a crowded bus would have been good too. The songs are good, specially Sajna barse hain kyu akhiya. The end is a bit of a cliche with a predictable scene, but otherwise, a really fun watch.