Out Of Theatre

Oh! Henry

Out Of Theatre
14 Jun, 2013 2 hrs 10 mins A
Locket Chatterjee, Dibyendu Mukherjee, Pooja Bose
The director’s take of an open-end too, fails to lift the film

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
The director's take of an open-end too, fails to lift the film

The film by Animesh Roy boasts of a strong storyline. The only thing that the film can boast of, it turns out. The unusual plot revolves around three individuals, Megh (Locket), Akash (Dibyendu) and Brishti (Pooja), who end up in a situation that spirals out of their control, when Megh finds Akash to be the exact shadow of her novel's hero, Henry. Hence the title of the movie.

Megh lives the life of a recluse and has the reputation of being an older woman, obsessed with sex. In the initial scenes, she comes off as whimsical and frivolous. She has a world of her own, which confuses Akash. More so, when she humiliates and allures him in the same breath. Gradually, as the story progresses, a schizophrenic facet to her character is revealed.

Is Megh Chatterjee really in love with Akash? Or is she just fascinated by him, because in her mind he represents the ultimate hero of her creative world, Henry? Is Akash in love with Megh Chatterjee, or is he just being the average man who cannot stop himself from sleeping with a woman when the opportunity presents itself? The film also has a mystery angle to it which unfolds in the last scene. And last but not the least, four long and steamy love making sessions, that fire up the screen. Enough masala for a pot-boiler, you would think. Unfortunately, it falls prey to lack of directorial skills.

Locket Chatterjee holds her own as the woman novelist whose mind is a mystery, even to herself. But in a few scenes, she topples over the thin line of acting and over-acting. Also, she looks almost ridiculous, trying to smoke on screen. Dibyendu shows potential but is terrible in the emotional scenes. He definitely needs a lesson or two when it comes to shedding tears on screen. Pooja, on the other hand is the exact opposite, handling the emotional scenes with elan but falling short otherwise. Also, she needs to shed that terrible accent.

The callously shot song sequences, that are in stark contrast to the surreal theme that the film tries to explore, are another point of concern for the film.The jump between scenes looks awkward and forced. A shame, we must say, given the kind of strength the storyline showed. The director's take of an open-end too, fails to lift the film.
Avg Users’ Rating 2/5 ( 10 users )
Mauli Agarwal
Animesh Roy needs to pull up his socks. A lot more could have been developed to make this one to few point above. An average one.
Palash Karmaker
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