Overall, Romantic Noy is a film that deserves a watch — not because it’s about a sex worker and has a few ‘scenes’, but because the effort the team has put in shows on screen. And that makes it quite a good watch.
Village lad Shekhar (Shaheb) comes to Kolkata looking for a better future, but ends up working for Shilpi (June) as a high-end gigolo. The ensuing stress pushes him towards drugs and sleepless nights till he loses a close friend, Partha (Partha Sarathi).
When Romantic Noy starts, shoddy acting by a few minor characters creates a really bad first impression. You begin to wonder whether you’d be able to sit through the remaining two hours. But thankfully, things start heading north after Shekhar starts reminiscing how his life began in Kolkata.
The remainder of the film turns out to be a pretty good watch, boosted by quite decent performances by all the important characters. While Shaheb has managed to portray his character, Shekhar, quite well with the right balance of body language and emotions, his screen friends, Joy (Deboprasad) and Partha have done equally well. Pratha Sarathi, especially, is extremely believable as the cross-dressing, openly gay Partha. Among the girls, Priyanka (as Medha) has put in a good performance, and so has June, as the ruthless flesh trader Shilpi. Sayani (as Sumitra), too, has done justice to her short screen stint.
Technically speaking, the story is just about average, but good direction, especially extracting the right emotions and actions from the actors, is definitely one of the film’s strong points. But the narrative sequence goes off kilter at times, making you wonder about sudden scene changes. There is a lack of continuity in some scenes, which can irritate you a bit. The camerawork, too, is just above average, though the editing could have been better. Maybe it was a weak screenplay. But yes, despite the film being about a gigolo, it shows a side of the trade that’s not at all alluring. Moreover, even during sex scenes, the emphasis is never on skin show. That, in a way, is a welcome break from the hype surrounding sex in films. Speaking music-wise, the songs could have been better, but the background score is smooth and sticks to the nuances of the narrative.