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Times of India
Brilliant performances can't always overshadow the shortcomings of a director. That's what happens with
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." — This line from Shakespeare echoes in every scene of debutant director Ranjan Ghosh's film,
. The film tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, Abhijit (Abir) and Debjani (Raima) whose lives are trapped in the eternal struggle of fate and logic. The charming and handsome Maths professor and the feisty and beautiful doctor get attracted to each other. But trouble comes in the shape of a student's infatuation with Abhijit. The incident changes the course of their seemingly bright future. When logic seems to bow its head to the power of fate, these two helpless souls try very hard to fight against the inevitable. Undying love gets questioned, trust wavers and jealousy rears its ugly head, making them victims of their own choices.
The plot is cliched but is involving enough to be interesting. The film also has the strength of the near-perfect cast. Abir as Abhijit looks perfect for the role. His cocky confidence of being in charge of his own destiny and later his despair over losing control have been portrayed in a realistic and heart-warming manner. Though Raima's character looks and acts more or less the same as her roles in countless other urban films, she complements Abir beautifully. Same can be said about Indrasish's Subhro. His role is small yet powerful and the actor does an effortless job.
But brilliant performances can't always overshadow the shortcomings of a director. That's what happens with
. In the very first scene, Ranjan ruins his climax. Though he tries to save the day by keeping the closure open-ended, the element of surprise goes missing. The storytelling has a droning quality to it that can't be compensated by good performances or superb cinematography (Sirsha Ray take a bow). He also casts Shohag Sen as a Chinese woman (yes you heard it right!), making dire prophesies that come back to haunt Abhijit and Arun Mukherjee, who plays a half-senile man in Port Blair trying to go back to his homeland. While Shohag's character looks funny instead of mysterious, Arun's character fails to add the element of subversion that is intended.