17 Oct, 2014 2 hrs 03 mins U
Arjun Chakraborty, Amrita Chattopadhayay, Kharaj Mukherjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Shankar Chakraborty, Biswanath Basu, Kanchan Mullik
Synopsis
Apart from few hilarious sequences, the film doesn’t stay with you.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Apart from few hilarious sequences, the film doesn't stay with you.

Making people laugh is perhaps the most difficult thing to do. Unfortunately, slapstick comedy is not something many people can pull off like a Priyadarshan or a David Dhawan, both of whom usually have an ensemble cast of legendary comic actors and seem to know the trick to make films tick - not going overboard with anything. Director Aniket Chattopadhyay, however, seems to have missed that very trick. He has a dream comic cast - Kharaj, Biswajit, Biswanath and Kanchan, to name a few. But I guess too many cooks spoilt the broth. Apart from few hilarious sequences, the film doesn't stay with you.

The story is a favourite among romcom directors — girl's family forces her to marry, she flees on her wedding night, meets boy while traveling to an unfamiliar destination, they fall in love and live happily ever after. Throw in a determined cop chasing them, some goons trying to kidnap them and some unusual circumstances making them spend a night together and you get a winning formula. This formula worked successfully for Roman Holiday, It Happened One Night, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin or Jab We Met, but certainly not for this film. The reason: the lack of a so-called romantic angle to this romcom. The director is so busy concentrating on slapstick comedy that he doesn't focus on the chemistry between his two protagonists, Arjun and Amrita. The little chance of showing a romance blossoming between these two really decent actors is wasted on unnecessary song-and-dance routines.

The film also has too many characters and comic sequences gone wrong, most of them over-the-top without any real contribution to the main plot. But the film does have its ROFL moments. Whenever Kharaj Mukherjee comes on screen, he leaves the audience in splits. The same can be said for Kanchan Mullick. Biswanath Basu, a brilliant actor that he is, entertains as a lottery-ticket buying uncle of Arjun. So, despite having tremendous potential of becoming a true-blue romantic comedy, Janala Die Bou Palalo feels like a dish concocted with too many spices — it should have been tasty, but fails by trying too hard.
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