Ramdhanu is a family drama with a touch of innocence and simplicity that will make you want to watch it again. So, if you haven't seen it yet, please do.
Ramdhanu is a simple tale of the complex emotions parents go through while trying to get their child admitted into the best school possible. And it is its inherent simplicity that makes the tale so endearing. A young mother tormented by the ghost of failure, a simpleton of a father torn between his own lack of self-confidence and the humongous task to passing an interview to ensure the best of education for his son and all those characters who contribute towards making life a veritable rat-race come together to paint a rainbow that reflects a life that rings true at every twist and turn.
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Shiboprasad nails it as the simple and straight Laltu Dutta, who runs a pharmacy for a living and starts getting goosebumps at the very mention of English. His demeanour will remind you of oh-so-many non-entities you bump into in this busy metropolis, and yet, Laltu scores high when it comes to putting in that 'extra' effort to get his son, Gogol, into a good school. That he goofs up more often than not, is immaterial. It's the effort that will make you roll around with laughter. In fact, his speech on the evening library when asked to speak about sibling rivalry is a must watch.
Gargi is virtually flawless as a mother whose 'friends' are driving her up the wall with news of their kids making it into different schools. There are several moments when her behaviour will remind you of your own childhood — the love, the pampering, the exploding tempers, unexplained punishments, being dragged around without an apparent reason... Her subtle chemistry and understanding with her husband, too, is clearly visible.
But though Rachna Banerjee executes her character of a 'parent groomer' quite well, the second half seems cluttered compared to the hour before the interval. Maybe it's the introduction of too many characters that spoil the tempo, or maybe the message is not clear enough, but it certainly leaves a lot of room for improvement. For instance, we all know that almost all schools in Kolkata hold admission interviews within almost the same month. So, a month-long grooming session between two interviews, somehow, doesn't fit the picture. But yes, the entertainment value remains intact, and, at the end of the day, that's what really matters.
The caliber of a good actor often shows in small roles, and Rajat Ganguly, who plays the old father of a NASA scientist who is too busy to even send money home or talk to his mother, shines in a short scene. The sadness under the proud and happy demeanour of a helpless father really hits you in the gut.
Then again, there's young Gogol, busy chasing kites and rainbows and enjoying his short trip to his mother's village, his grandmother's horror tales, grandfather's fishing tips and his 'phirangi' mami's nursery rhyme sessions. His innocence is, perhaps, one of the high points of the film.
is a family drama with a touch of innocence and simplicity that will make you want to watch it again. So, if you haven't seen it yet, please do. Regret will be the last thing on your mind when you walk out.