A well-shot film with befitting musical score, one can give it a dekko for its fresh approach
No, she's not the 'bad teacher' a la Cameron Diaz in the Hollywood comedy of the same name. We see Nayanika (Rituparna Sengupta) as a loving and giving wife, who does everything in her capacity to support her husband, Sukalyan (Shilajit Majumder). A script-writer and an aspiring filmmaker, Sukalyan too loves his wife and is dependent on her.
Time goes by and Nayanika realizes that her personal life is in a shambles. A creative person that he is, Sukalyan is often lost in his own world, neglecting Nayanika and her needs.
Enter Arko (Rajdeep), one of Nayanika's students, seeking tuition from her. Hailing from a dysfunctional family, Arko is a loner and often bullied by his classmates. Nayanika tries her level best to groom him but gets entangled in an affair with Arko instead. The plot takes a turn from there.
There's nothing new in students falling in love with their teachers. For years, the topic has fascinated filmmakers all over. Closer home, in Raj Kapoor's Mera Naam Joker, we've seen Rishi Kapoor nursing a crush on his teacher Simi Garewal. Likewise, Arko too finds his ideal woman in Nayanika.
The film is fairly okay as far as its conceptualization and execution are concerned. Unfortunately, it falls short when it comes to handling the student-teacher relationship. Rajdeep looks his part as a shy teenager, who adores his teacher and despises his mom's promiscuousness. At the same time he can't ignore his raging hormones either.
Rituparna does a good job — both as a wife and a teacher. There are several layers to her character. She is strong in her own ways but breaks down completely when Sukalyan leaves her for Ronita (Monami Ghosh), an actress and also his associate. The glitch however shows in her chemistry with Rajdeep, which comes across as a bit ostentatious. For instance, the shower sequence, which has an uncanny resemblance to a scene from Stephen Daldry's The Reader, fails to elicit the required spark. Even her lovemaking act with Rajdeep seems over the top.
As for other performances, Dolon Roy as Arko's mother is impressive in a bitter-sweet manner, while Ratna Ghoshal is simply brilliant as her ever-cribbing mother-in-law.
Shilajit as Sukalyan turns out to be a natural on screen. His transformation from an enthusiastic script-writer to a successful filmmaker is noteworthy.
Monami, who plays the catty and dominating actress Ronita, is striking in her negative avatar. Sreela Majumdar as Rituparna's advocate friend, philosopher and guide, is inspiring.
A well-shot film with befitting musical score by composer Raja Narayan Deb, one can give it a dekko for its fresh approach