The actors are the main reasons why the audience may feel that two hours in the theatre haven't gone completely to waste.
Room No. 103 tells the story of a mysterious hotel room and how the lives of those who stay there change — for better or for worse.
The film opens with the hotel manager Rudra Chatterjee (Soumitra), who, like a puppeteer, plays with the fates of unsuspecting customers by assigning them to the cursed Room No. 103. He then narrates the stories to the audience without explaining how he gets to know what is going on inside the room at night. Even if you decide to ignore this impossibility, as soon as the first story gets over, you get the drift of the film — it is neither a thriller nor drama. The mixed bag of stories is predictable, some of them mildly interesting because of the performances, but some disappointing — also because of the performances.
Take the first story of the two star-crossed lovers — Dyotona (Anjana Basu) and Imdadul (Badshah). They portray their characters, both as college students and as a middle-aged couple, with equal ease. But the end is so predictable that you lose interest halfway through the story. In the second story involving a contract killer Tirtha Majumder (Rajesh), the director has tried to add many layers to the character. But a weak storyline and repetitive dialogues pull the tale down. Tirtha keeps repeating the line, Aamar ar bhalo lage na, to the point that you want to do something violent to him.
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The third story, though very mediocre, gets most of the footage for some unknown reason. It's a story of a jilted lover, Madhabilata (Ankita), whose life is altered after she meets Kanchana in the hotel and stays in Room No. 103. Ankita portrays the role of a vulnerable girl well. Here, the director takes a wrong call by casting Kanchana in the role of Madhabilata's saviour. The actress, playing a loud-mouthed and crass girl with a heart of gold, goes so OTT that you cringe every time she opens her mouth. However, the director saves the best for the last. Jisshu and Priyanka's story is dark and disturbing. This story of an ageing and womanizing filmmaker and a struggling actress ticks all the right boxes in terms of content, form and picturisation. Kudos to Jisshu and Priyanka for superb performances. They are a principal reason why the audience may feel that two hours in the theatre haven't gone completely to waste.