Parbona Ambi Chartey Toke is a masala romcom that's pretty watchable. You lose nothing if you give it a miss, but watching it isn't a bad bet either.
Shibu (Bonny) and Aparna (Koushani) are childhood friends who realize how much they are in love with each other only when circumstances turn against their relationship.
PACT is a cliched tale of love — thankfully without a bad guy or blood and gore — that has managed to introduce two relatively good performers to the Bengali film industry. Yes, despite the film's supreme predictability, the leads actors — Bonny and Koushani — must be praised for their performances. They have distinct expressions for every emotion and their body language, too, is on a par with veterans. As for the film itself, the storyline, as I mentioned at the outset, is predictable. Shibu and Aparna, who live next door to each other and have grown up together, are always busy ragging each other though there is underlying love in every move. When Shibu acts mushy with Aparna's best friend to stay close to her, she pretends to have an affair with another guy, who turns out to be a street-smart fraud. But not before he emotionally blackmails Aparna to elope with him, only to be caught and trashed by Shibu just when he is trying to force her into a van full of his shady friends. The rest is a repetition of cinematic history. But amidst all this, the performances by all the actors, including Shibu's two friends, is pretty good. The one actor who shines, however, is Kharaj Mukherjee, who plays the ill-tempered and a bit shady father of Aparna. No, he's not the bad guy, but he does display mild shades of grey. His energy and body language are worth watching as he loses his temper when Aparna returns home after being rescued by Shibu. Another highlight is its music and the song-and-dance sequences, especially the visuals of the song, Tumi aashey paashey. The fairground ambience and the various scenarios, like a Ramleela scene, are visual treats. However, I must mention a couple of things that, somehow, didn't quite fit into the scheme of things. One, director Raj Chakrabarty's sudden appearance just when things hot up in Aparna and Shibu's love story and two, the streaked hair of almost every third character — even a village simpleton, who is supposed to get married to Aparna. The bad timing of Raj's appearance is just mind-blowing. Any director can do a Subhash Ghai, but please, not bang in the middle of a crucial scene! As for the hair, we know beauty parlours are making inroads into every nook and corner of the country, but that doesn't mean half a village, including a fat, moped-riding maa ka laadla, will have streaked hair. In fact, the streaking notches up Koushani and even her friend's glamour quotient way above their rural surroundings. And that's a minus for the stylist. Cutting things short,
Parbona Ambi Chartey Toke
is a masala romcom that's pretty watchable. You lose nothing if you give it a miss, but watching it isn't a bad bet either.