Out Of Theatre

Namte Namte

Out Of Theatre
08 Feb, 2013 2 hrs 04 mins U/A
Roopa Ganguly, Rajatava Dutta, Saswata Chatterjee, Bhaswar Chatterjee and Sanchita
The story might be relevant at all times, but as a film plot, it offers nothing that we haven’t already seen before.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
The story might be relevant at all times, but as a film plot, it offers nothing that we haven't already seen before.

The film, based on author Dibyendu Palit's story Traata , dwells on everyday trials and tribulations of a middle-class family, living as a tenant on the fringes of the city. Situated nearby is the para club, led by the unemployed young brigade — the so-called 'saviours' of the locality — involved in anti-social activities. Their leader is Ganesh Halder alias Tota.

Scared of confronting people, especially the rowdy members of the club, Ananda babu decides to pacify them by paying an exorbitant amount of money as chanda for Saraswati Puja. In return, Tota promises to help him if he ever gets into trouble. But Tota gives evidence of his not-so-honest intentions by coming inside the house in Ananda babu 's absence on the pretext of asking for a glass of water. Seema no longer wants to live in the locality. Meanwhile, Dolon needs a tutor. Sudeb is the chosen one. But again, to cross check his credentials Ananda babu turns to Tota.

How Ananda babu 's growing dependence on Tota —despite his wife's warnings — unconsciously pulls him into a murky abyss, is what forms the crux of the story.

Naamte Naamte drags in the first half. Though it gains momentum in the second half, a little bit of editing could have served the purpose. The film doesn't boast of anything extraordinary save for its actors and their performances, which in fact works for debutant director Rana Basu.

After Kahaani , Saswata as Ganesh shines once again in his portrayal of a character with grey shades. From his body language to attitude and mannerisms, Saswata looks every bit a parar dada — all with funky sunglasses and cool bike.

Rajatava is one actor who can pull off any role with elan. Despite Ananda babu 's timid behavior, one can relate to his predicament at some point or the other. With his brilliant performance, he actually makes the character believable.

Roopa Ganguly as Seema — a woman of courage and confidence — is a natural on screen.

Bhaswar as Sudeb is impressive, while newcomer Sanchita as Dolon is fairly okay. The scene where Seema comes back home and discovers Sudeb getting intimate with Dolon has been handled well.

The film also sees Sidhu of Bengali band Cactus, debuting as the music director in Tollywood. Sidhu himself has rendered the title track of the film. The He Kallu number by Mir with Bandage sounds peppy. Aay ghum jaye ghum by Rupankar is the other soulful track from the album. But, so many songs only add to the length of the film.

Having said that, the director should realize, not every literary piece can make for a good film adaptation. The story might be relevant at all times, but as a film plot, it offers nothing that we haven't already seen before.
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