Out Of Theatre


Out Of Theatre
08 Dec, 2017 2 hrs 02 mins A
Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Pallavi Chatterjee
This is not a film worth the time and money.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: Ex-colonel Batakrishna Roy (Chiranjeet) is a handsome and cool-headed man who has always drawn attention of women and had taken it all in his stride. But when his daughter-in-law Pinky (Kanchana) confesses her love for him, he decides to tackle it in an entirely new way.

Review: Guha Manab is truly ancient. The narrative is agonisingly slow, refusing to focus on anything else but the ‘caveman’ in question — Batakrishna. Some characters, like this suicidal man (Debanjan Nag), seem to jump out of nowhere and then disappear into oblivion. Of course, the colonel knows them by name. He knows everyone. And yes, everything. He even knows that a depressed, penniless man is rolling about a cyanide capsule in his mouth. No, please don’t ask that. Even I know cyanide capsules are not sold over the counter. Let’s assume a friend gave it to him as a gift, and move on. The Batakrishna robs the poor guy of the capsule (his only asset, in his own words), and I really don’t know… throws it into the sea in the end I guess. Otherwise, why would a man planning to kill himself go all the way to a beach to bite into a cyanide capsule? Does a level-headed man like him truly nurse a mammoth delusion that he will find his dead wife (Pallavi) there — in the ‘godhuli’ zone? Then there’s the character of Aparajita aka Tomato (Laboni). Why the story needs her truly beats me. But there she is, gushing over Batakrishna, and even treating his son and daughter-in-law to lunch and asking Pinky how she came to know her ‘secret’ nickname, right after a 3-4-minute discussion about how she got it in the first place. Then there’s this village simpleton who looks menacing at times and pathetic at others — yet another character that never gets established. Nobody behaves like a normal human being.
Then again, continuity takes a beating in several scenes, especially the last one, when the colonel gets off a car wearing white sneakers and leaves behind a pair of black Oxfords on the beach. We can’t call the performances bad, as all actors have done justice to their roles. It’s just that the story is so convoluted that all their efforts come to naught. This is not a film worth the time and money.
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