Shorn of his star aura Shukno Lanka's Chinu Nandi delivered a performance that left the audience emotionally drained. Satiated with the 'class'y accolades, Mithun Chakraborty is back as the common man's guru.
With Dada's familiar gait in place, Target's advocate Anthony D'Souza, never tires the audience from egging him on with loud cheers each time he delivers his lines. And, thus, Mithun's special appearance teamed with fiery outbursts such as "Ora jekhane shesh kore, Anthony shekhan theke shuru kore", "Shudhu SP keno, shara prithibite jara onnayer protibad kore, ami tader guru", "Ebar jombe khel, shobe toh interval", "Etodin tora public ke target korechhish, ebar tora public-er target" is bang on target striking a chord with its 'target' audience. But that's only one side of the story. Director Raja Chanda has pulled out all stops to hit bull'seye. All thanks to Manjil Banerjee's script that is commercial to the core, Jeet Gannguli's music promises to be in tune with the viewers' choice and a lead pair that is not just an eyeful, but can act too.
The script, however, doesn't exactly stand out with its content. Instead it follows the tested-and-tried formula of good triumphing over evil, this time around through the honest endeavours of SP Subhankar Sanyal (Joy) aided in his efforts by Anthony D'Souza. But what brings in a chatka to the run-of-the-mill affair is the film-maker's intelligent execution. Chanda packs in bharpur spice, but he doesn't exactly go overboard with the masala, except, of course, for the climax sequence, where Subhankar finally avenges his mother, father and brother's deaths.
Coming to performances, Joy looks like a hero and acts like one too except for his angry young man look, with his flared nostrils, delivering lines in a husky undertone that gets a tad repetitive. Sayantika, on the other hand, is more than just a pretty face. Looks like the audience wouldn't mind a Hangover of this pairing.
Time to place your bets on this Target, eh?