Khola Hawa a really watchable film that missed a chance to be much better. But that doesn't mean you should miss it, right?
has a well-written coherent script that runs smoothly till the last 15-odd minutes, when it suddenly starts moving in fits and starts. You almost feel as if its engine has suddenly run out of fuel. Director-storywriter Anup Das or the editor seems to have suddenly lost the patience to continue the good run and ends the film in a hurry. And in doing that, a really decent film is ruined for the audience. When you walk out of the theatre, you don't feel numb or elated; you just keep wondering what went wrong.Sayan (Samadarshi), a TV script-writer, goes to Darjeeling to tend to his ailing grandmother (Lolita Chatterjee) after his longtime girlfriend Debjani (Bidita Bag) dumps him. Fate brings him close to Aditi (Rituparna), a mother and a housewife, who her husband Pramit (Joy Sengupta) leaves for another woman, Monalisa (Ekavali Khanna).
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There's absolutely nothing to complain about acting-wise, as all characters fit their respective moulds perfectly. Not one of them seems out of character. Samadarshi and Rituparna are both good as Sayan and Aditi, looking just right as subtle lovers with an obvious age difference. But Aditi's age is never really made clear in the film, neither is there any dialogue suggesting that Sayan is younger than her. So, in a way, the script missed out on that core point, which leaves the audience in doubt whether Aditi just looks older or is her age an important factor in the scheme of things. After all, falling in love with an older woman who happens to have a child and is on the verge of a divorce is not exactly something Sayan's schoolteacher mother (Saswati Guha Thakurata) would approve of, especially when the news comes right after that of her mother's death. Or would she? Even that is never made clear in the film.
On the other hand, Neel Dutt's music is good, the songs complementing the lazy, romantic mood the film perfectly. Also worth a mention is the lack of gray characters — though Aditi's husband Pramit can be considered one — and the overall positive outlook of the film. Also, the way the adventures of Sayan and Aditi and the life lessons they get out of these are depicted is certainly praiseworthy.
In a nutshell, the film is an intimate tryst with the twists of fate that reveal the intricacies of human relationships, the ups and downs of life and the human journey of self-discovery. And it does that perfectly, except for that hurried climax.
a really watchable film that missed a chance to be much better. But that doesn't mean you should miss it, right?