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Times of India
There's nothing in the film you haven't seen before
First things first: if you thought this is a remake of the 1967 classic of the same title, you are mistaken. Other than the 'disappearing act' of the heroine, there's hardly any similarity with the Uttam Kumar-Anjana Bhowmick starrer.
So, we come to know of Diya Chatterjee (Arunima Ghosh) — a sought-after Bengali filmstar — who has apparently gone missing. Together, superstar Bijit (Indraneil Sengupta) and Diya had given several hits. But nothing lasts forever. After having parted ways with Bijit, Diya finds her careergraph nosediving. She tries to fight back but eventually comes to terms with life.
Nikhil Banerjee (Samadarshi Dutta) is a small-time journalist in search of a scoop. He takes it upon himself to do an investigative story on Diya. In the process, he stumbles upon many shocking facts about the actress and the mechanics of the film fraternity. It comes to the fore that Diya had an affair with Bijit. And it was Bijit's growing fondness for newcomer Anuradha (Mumtaz Sorcar) that led to their break-up.
A frustrated Diya takes to drinking and smoking. There is a sketchy background story of Diya's troubled childhood as well. Here, the film strongly reminds you of Madhur Bhandarkar's
, with Kareena playing the protagonist Mahi.
takes off with the promise of a thriller but Bappaditya turns to unnecessary sensationalizing. Cliches abound — especially in the portrayal of high-profile businessmen and politicians — that only get worse with average performances by supporting actors. Tacky dialogues add to the woes as one is forced to learn the new definition of 'the science and art of filmmaking'. For example: 'Cinema
However, the director's vision in presenting the murkier side of the glamorous film industry — where one needs to have 'special qualities' over and above acting talent — seems exaggerated. The story oscillates back and forth in time and is replete with repeat sequences, which get monotonous after a point. A little more editing could have helped.
As for performances, Arunima tries hard to look glamorous, but one isn't convinced as to her emoting skills. Mumtaz is just about okay, while Indraneil as the superstar-cum-producer-cum-
casting director does a good job. Locket, who plays a senior jatra artiste, is good; Samadarshi is impressive. But the director should have paid more attention to his lines and done a bit of homework on how a reporter probes. None of the songs though manage to tug at the heartstrings. There's nothing in the film you haven't seen before.