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Times of India
It will be unfair to say that the director hasn't tried, but riding on a poorly-copied plot doesn't make a film watchable. Well, what can be said? We expect originality from him the next time.
Being an ardent fan of romcoms, it's a big letdown when you find that the film you've come to review, has casually ripped off the storyline of a Hollywood favourite. The premise of Arindam Dey's
Kokhon Tomar Ashbe
is quite similar to the 2008 hit
, starring Uma Thurman and the droolworthy Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The similarities become evident within the first 15 minutes of the film and serves as a dampener and, unfortunately, the feeling lingers till the end.
Arjun's Jeet takes revenge on Sneha's Priya when he comes to know that Priya's advice on her radio show sparked off the breakup between two of his close friends. He creates a legal problem that prevents Priya from marrying an NRI groom (Bobby Chakraborty's overacting will give you a headache here). When Priya tries to solve the matter, her closeness to Jeet changes their attitude towards each other till she comes to know who the real culprit behind her problems is. All these events happen during the first half of the film. A truly adorable Arjun Charaborty, a spontaneous Sneha and Indranil, Sujoy and Deboprosad's superb comic timing as Jeet's friends keep the first half entertaining and funny. However, if you are a fan of the song
Ashay ashay boshe achi
, then please take a trip to the loo or the popcorn counter when the title track sequence comes on screen. Otherwise scantily-clad girls dancing sleazily to a disco version of this modern classic may drive you to tears.
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Problems occur just after the interval. The director's conscience may have prompted him to stop copying from other films and try developing an original storyline in the second half. But the plan backfires. The story goes steadily downhill despite the actors' sincere efforts and the beautiful outdoor locations. Nineties Indipop like picturization of the romantic songs also doesn't help matters much. And whatever hopes you actually had about the film finally managing to be a romcom in the real sense, promptly disappear with the confusing and lengthy sequences. It will be unfair to say that the director hasn't tried, but riding on a poorly-copied plot doesn't make a film watchable. Well, what can be said? We expect originality from him the next time.
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