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Chol Kuntal

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24 Nov, 2017 2 hrs 09 mins U/A
Soumitra Chatterjee, Dolon Roy
So should you watch it? No. Give it a miss.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: An elderly couple's peaceful life is endangered when, under trying circumstances, they get involved with local goons.

Movie review: Let's get right to the point — this is not a good film. It reeks of complacency and an old-world attitude that just won't sell in the real world. There are very few things to even talk about — just sigh and think it's two hours you will never get back. Perhaps the only talking point is the story. So, let's get into that.
Kuntal Chatterjee, portrayed by Soumitra Chatterjee, leads an innocuous life with his ailing wife. Their son, who couldn't care less about them, lives abroad. Kuntal's high point of the day is when he meets his aged friends for a morning walk at a local park. They greet each other everyday with loud cries of "Suprobhat bondhu". They discuss their lives, or what's left of it, in great detail and how society is going to the dogs. One night, Kuntal gives shelter to a fugitive. This leads to a chain of events that entangles Kuntal, his wife, his domestic help and his friends in a dangerous game between two warring goons.
This is a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be — a crime thriller or a sedate drama. This bipolar nature is evident from the fractured storyline. One moment, it is all loud noise with blood and gore; the next, it is all quiet with tones of regular family life. Perhaps the most jarring note is struck by the movie's treatment of youths. To director Raaj Mukherjee, they are either drunks, goons or philanderers, all looking to create chaos in society — especially the elderly. But their motivation to be this bad is never explained. Why do the offspring of the three elderly friends disrespect their parents so much? Why are the daughters-in-law always conspiring and back-biting? Why are the elderly always so hapless? These are themes that more befit a Swapan Saha movie or a tele-series than a film releasing in 2017. Everything about this big screen release screams small screen.
A word about the sound editing here. Footsteps sound like horse's hooves, gunshots sound like Kali patkas and every sound is blown up to ear-splitting levels. The title track by Anupam Roy, however, is catchy and soulful. The actors, especially Soumitra, Dolon Roy and Pratik Sen, all seem invested, which is a shame because they get little to no help from the script.
So should you watch it? No. Give it a miss. If you have to watch it, wait for it to release on television — which more suits this treatment by Raaj Mukherjee.
Avg Users’ Rating 1/5 ( 2 users )
Aniruddha De
A very good movie. There is definitely a good story-line well accomplished by the splendid acting of the main cast.
Appa Durai
Very nice movie with a purpose
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