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Mahanayika

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12 Feb, 2016 2 hrs 15 mins U/A
Rituparna Sengupta, Indraneil Sengupta, Shaheb Chatterjee, Chandan Sen, Sudipa Basu, Soumitra Chatterjee
Rituparna Sengupta, Indraneil Sengupta, Shaheb Chatterjee, Chandan Sen, Sudipa Basu, Soumitra Chatterjee
Saikat Bhakat
Synopsis
Story: Rituparna, does everything the script asks of her. From being successful to being bipolar and furious, she's believable in most parts. Indraneil is convincing as the inspector. He has strong lines to deliver and is taut as an investigating officer. But the director has paid very little attention to the detailing. ​Saikat Bhakat's Mahanayika is riddled with cliches.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: Rituparna, does everything the script asks of her. From being successful to being bipolar and furious, she's believable in most parts. Indraneil is convincing as the inspector. He has strong lines to deliver and is taut as an investigating officer. But the director has paid very little attention to the detailing. ​Saikat Bhakat's Mahanayika is riddled with cliches.

Review: Shankuntala Sen (Rituparna) is an actress — gorgeous and on top of her career stakes. She's in love with wealthy and influential producer Anirban Mukherjee's (Soumitra) son Aniruddha Mukherjee (Shaheb). Senior Mukherjee strikes a deal with her that she will only work for his production house post marriage. In the midst of this enters Inspector Priyobroto Roy (Indraneil), who digs up dirt from Shakuntala's past.

The opening track of Mahanayika is catchy. The montage is nice and sets your expectations high. But when Aniruddha, with Shakuntala by his side, speaks to the media, your expectations come to a crashing halt. He is going to 'Hollywood', he says, managing lingering glances with the woman in his life. Saikat Bhakat's Mahanayika is riddled with cliches — each rolling out with boring regularity. An actress in love with a producer's son. Check. Junior artists being ill-treated. Check. Non-Bengali director with a heavy accent. Check. Casting couch. Check. When Shakuntala becomes one of the top grossing actresses in Tollywood, her past comes back to haunt the life out of her. She is accused of abetment to suicide and of being a murder accomplice. Distraught by the revelations from her past, she downs vodka by the bottle and her career begins to plummet.

Rituparna, does everything the script asks of her. From being successful to being bipolar and furious, she's believable in most parts. Indraneil is convincing as the inspector. He has strong lines to deliver and is taut as an investigating officer. But the director has paid very little attention to the detailing. For example, Aniruddha keeps saying he's in 'Hollywood' but through the window of his room, you get a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. In another scene, Anirban Mukherjee says — wait for it — the Prime Minister, has specially requested him to take on the responsibility of a film institute. Ambitious much?

Now, over to the good things about the movie. It has a storyline, albeit predictable, and pace, which is fast enough to make you sit through it. You wouldn't be bored out of your wits. Rituparna, Indraneil and Soumitra are commendable. Despite its flaws, Mahanayika will hold your attention for reasons more than one.
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Ramji Patel
It is the good movie at least watchable one time story is awesome and the actors have done decent job to their characters
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