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Hercules

Out Of Theatre
29 Aug, 2014 1 hr 52 mins U/A
Parambrata Chatterjee, Paoli Dam, Saswata Chatterjee, Biswajit Chakraborty
Synopsis
Hercules is a movie you can watch and enjoy. After all, it’s so light-hearted that even its villains are sweet and funny!
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  • Times of India
Hercules is a movie you can watch and enjoy. After all, it's so light-hearted that even its villains are sweet and funny!

Hercules is a light-hearted swipe at the harsh realities of modern-day life in Kolkata. It has all the characters — the simpleton, who is too used to abuse to be ashamed of his weaknesses, the para goon, who can go to any length to maintain his 'image', the girl-next-door, who always has cupid following her with arrows on the ready, and the saviour, who truly knows what to do when circumstances scream, 'Action!' But how can we forget the constant source of stress, the kingpin who makes goons dance to his tune? Yes, he is in the film too.

But it's Parambrata who steals the show as the goon-tormented simpleton, Haru — replicating the mannerisms of a weak-kneed nobody to perfection. He is also good in his other avatar — the hardened criminal, Bhondor. Saswata, on the other hand, is kind of sweet as the local goon, Mosh. He gets everything — confused, insulted, beaten up — except the girl, and Haru's property. And the actor has delivered the character perfectly to the audience. As for the girl, Paoli has done her bit complete justice as Meenu — Haru's long-time crush and go-to person. Her expressions and body language, however, seem a bit too confident for a girl who runs a PCO to make both ends meet. Biswajit Chakraborty, too, is good as realtor Bajoria, who wants Haru's property to build the entrance to a shopping mall coming up on the adjoining plot. Of course, we have to mention the nameless characters who added colour to Haru and Mosh's locality — the milkman, the municipal sweeper and the senior citizen, to name a few. Art director Tanmoy Chakrabarty also deserves kudos for creating the perfect para for the film, including that mossy, grimy finish to Haru's rundown home. Every inch of that decrepit building looked old enough to crumble any moment, and it's hard to believe that it was actually a set. The music, on the other hand, is ok, but not something that stays on with you outside the hall.

Moreover, despite the abundance of emotions, the climax seems to leave too many questions unanswered to be truly conclusive. Though no climax ever is, one is left feeling too unsure about Haru's future, especially after the bravado he displays towards the end.

Hercules is a movie you can watch and enjoy. After all, it's so light-hearted that even its villains are sweet and funny!
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Hercules is a light-hearted swipe at the harsh realities of modern-day life in Kolkata. It has all the characters — the simpleton, who is too used to abuse to be ashamed of his weaknesses, the para goon, who can go to any length to maintain his 'image', the girl-next-door, who always has cupid following her with arrows on the ready, and the saviour, who truly knows what to do when circumstances scream, 'Action!' But how can we forget the constant source of stress, the kingpin who makes goons dance to his tune? Yes, he is in the film too.
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Jhulan Chatterjee
In a reference to the mythological superhero, director duo Sudeshna Roy-Abhijit Guha now brings the mediev Hercules to the contemporary Bengal casting Saswata Chatterjee in the lead.<br/>"A man of bigger and greater magnitude resides within the self of a person. This is called trapping or caging your inner strength within yourself,". Guha and Roy, having gifted a string of low budget but clean, intelligent romantic and comedy tales to the Bengali audience for past several years, said "In Hercules the shadow looms bigger than the real self. As the bigger a man becomes the shadow grows in proportion."<br/>"All of us are living under some sorts of pressure. We are internalizing the same or trying to and Hercules never bends or will he!"
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