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Open Tee Bioscope

Out Of Theatre
16 Jan, 2015 2 hrs 17 mins U/A
Kaushik Sen, Paran Bandopadhyay, Rajatava Dutta, Aparajita Auddy, Sudipta Chakraborty, Riddhi Sen, Dhee Majumder, Rwitobroto Mukherjee, Rajarshi Nag, Surangana Bandyopadhyay, Sohini Sarkar, Biswanath Basu, Aparajita Auddy, Ritwick Chakrabarty, Ambarish Bh
Kaushik Sen, Paran Bandopadhyay, Rajatava Dutta, Aparajita Auddy, Sudipta Chakraborty, Riddhi Sen, Dhee Majumder, Rwitobroto Mukherjee, Rajarshi Nag, Surangana Bandyopadhyay, Sohini Sarkar, Biswanath Basu, Aparajita Auddy, Ritwick Chakrabarty, Ambarish Bh
Anindya Chatterjee
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A must-watch for all those who love clinging on to their school-time memories. But the question is, who doesn’t? So, go and enjoy this nostalgic joyride. You can only walk out of the hall smiling.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
A must-watch for all those who love clinging on to their school-time memories. But the question is, who doesn't? So, go and enjoy this nostalgic joyride. You can only walk out of the hall smiling.

Fowara (Riddhi Sen) returns to his north Kolkata home after being expelled from his school hostel for rowdy behaviour, only to make new friends and have the time of his life. But life turns on its head after a series of incidents, only to get back into groove towards the end.

Review: If you grew up in the 90s, Open Tee Bioscope is your story. And in that lies the beauty of this emotional yet fun tale of a teenager, Fowara, who makes new friends, falls in love, discovers his past and shows his mettle on the playground — all after he is forced to return to his para in north Kolkata after being expelled from the school hostel for hitting the warden. Yes, Fowara is a rebel, but one without an answer to question that inevitably pops up every time he tells his name — "Jol pore?" And that question is just one instance where the Anindya Chatterjee brand of humour shines through. In fact, the film is brimming with that, right from Herombo's (Ambarish) naive compliment to Iraboti (Sohini) about her deep knowledge of the human body, to Fowara's hilarious attempt to impress his ladylove Titir (Surangana) by displaying his 'singing' prowess. Moreover, Fowara's street-smart friend Kochua (Rwitobroto) is a constant source of entertainment with his rib-tickling comments.



Introductions over, let's get to the finer aspects of the film. Technically speaking, neither does the storyline demand too much nor does the film dwell too much on great technique. But yes, there are scenes — a night-time terrace scene between Fowara and his mentor Gopeswar (Rajatava) for one — which really take the cake. When it comes to the night sky, even the '90s didn't have such clear skies because pollution and smog had already started, but the ribbed TV antenna and the ambient sounds make for a fantastic watch. And the fact that the scene is a turning point in the storyline heightens the impact. But the songs are truly great — be it the title track, the band number Pagla khabi ki or Anupam's closing track Bondhu Chol . Upal Sengupta has done a really good job. Even the background score goes perfectly with the youthful mood of the whole film.

Coming to the strongest department, acting, it has to be said that Open Tee Bioscope is a delight to watch just because every character is fantastic. Each actor — be it Fowara's mother Baisakhi (Sudipta), the quick-witted Noton dadu (Paran Bandopadhyay), the frustrated football coach-turned Fowara's mentor Gopeswar or his fun-filled wife Sarama (Aparajita), their chubby and naive neighbour Herombo, the sincere NGO worker and social activist Iraboti, the para goon, policeman (Biswanath Basu) or the para party bigwig Mohim Haldar (Kaushik) is a revelation. Ritwick, however, has too short a role as the grown-up Fowara. Each character is so natural that the audience is sent back into Kolkata of the '90s when emotions were strong and relationships, stronger. The language, the references and even the content shown on television sends us on a nostalgia trip.

But the best part about the film is the kid brigade — Fowara's street-smart friends Kochua, Charan (Dhee), Gopa (Rajarshi) and his ladylove Titir. The film hinges on their antics and acting and they deliver with all guns firing! Watching these five kids, as they switch between adolescence and innocence, makes Open Tee Bioscope the treat it really is.

A must-watch for all those who love clinging on to their school-time memories. But the question is, who doesn't? So, go and enjoy this nostalgic joyride. You can only walk out of the hall smiling.
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