If we overlook the small inconsistencies of the film and enjoy the full-on entertainment, Jomer Raja Dilo Bor is surely going to give you an evening to remember. Do watch it!
Hardcore feminist Ria (Paayel), who believes men are soul-less, is pushed by her mother (Laboni) and sister (Anisha) into marrying the ideal man, Deb Das (Abir). But tragedy strikes on their first night together, and plants the seed of Ria's transformation.
Jomer Raja Dilo Bor is funny and entertaining, but leaves some questions unanswered. For one, shouldn't the title have been Jomraj Dilo Bor or Jomloker Raja Dilo Bor? Then there are Ria's multiple journeys into Yamlok. Does the tryst with tragedy on her wedding night shock her into insanity and make her hallucinate things, or is everything happening for real?
Then again, the film has its high points. The top one would be the wedding night scene, in which Deb fails to get into the mood despite repeated attempts, thanks to a medicine Ria mixes in his glass of milk. Second on the list would be the scene when Deb comes to Ria's home as a suitor. Abir's expressions and body language are just bang on.
But the best part about the film is Paayel as Ria. Her evolution, as she sheds the skin of the hardcore feminist and turns into a balanced woman — someone who respects men, falls in and out of love, nurses desires and dares to fulfil her dreams. And in all this, her bestie (Debleena), bosses (Arindam and Indrasish) and, of course, her husband Deb help mould her opinions and personality in quite a natural and logical way.
All the actors, including Paayel and Abir, have done justice to their roles. Abir is fantastic as the fumbling, ill-at-ease suitor and as a man who discovers that he has an erectile dysfunction on his wedding night. The only exception is, perhaps, the character of Chitragupta (Arunava Dutta), who feels too robotic. Either the director wanted him to play a bionic being, or there was some gross misinterpretation of the character.
As for the storyline, some elements seem a bit off kilter. Deb's soul can't touch or hold persons (including Ria) or things, but he is seen reading books, lying down on sofas, arranging stuff around the typewriter, hiding proof against Ria, holding a walking stick, et al. Then again, he says he's trapped inside the four walls of their home, and yet goes on a honeymoon with Ria to a hill station.
Anupan Roy's music is quite good, with the songs Ei shono, Kemon bor je chaicho and the title track being pretty good. Even the background score is unexceptional, but not jarring either. In a nutshell, if we overlook the small inconsistencies and enjoy the full-on entertainment, Jomer Raja Dilo Bor is surely going to give you an evening to remember.