Out Of Theatre

The Play

Out Of Theatre
06 Dec, 2013 1 hr 40 mins U/A
Rajesh Sharma, Mumtaz Sircar, Rajdeep Gupta, Indraasish Roy, Sampurna
Rajesh Sharma, Mumtaz Sircar, Rajdeep Gupta, Indraasish Roy, Sampurna
Ranjay RC
Synopsis
Overall, don’t go to the hall expecting a keep-on-the-edge-of-the-seat thriller, as suspense is not what you’ll get to see.
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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Overall, don't go to the hall expecting a keep-on-the-edge-of-the-seat thriller, as suspense is not what you'll get to see.

Yes, we know that suspense thrillers as a genre is largely unexplored in new-age Bengali films. We also know that any movie made in this genre should get basic appreciation just for its subject matter. But, if the plot is not woven tightly and the suspense is not nail-biting, appreciation, unfortunately, is the last thing on your mind.
The best thing about The Play is it's time span, which is less than two hours. Unfortunately, the worst thing about the film is also its length. The director (Ranjay RC) tries to follow the Hollywood-ishtyle suspense thriller — building up various facets of the many characters, putting them in different and intriguing circumstances, keeping the most crucial scene just before the interval and unraveling the mysteries in the second half. But he wastes too much time building up the premise and, as a result, has to rush through the sequences in which the crime takes places and gets solved. Moreover, factors like amateurish dialogues, jerky camera movements and too much time spent on songs rub the edge off the thriller.

There are also some glaring loose ends in the plot and the way some scenes have been filmed. Where on earth does a theatre director roam around with a fully-loaded revolver for no reason or takes it with him to a rehearsal? Without revealing anything about the plot, it can be safely said the twist, which Ranjay carefully orchestrates in the end, becomes a bit predictable from the scenes that lead to the climax. A member of the theatre group gets killed and the other members have no part in the crime. But instead of reporting the murder to police, they try to get rid of the body! This tiny mistake becomes a dead giveaway to any viewer who has the barest minimum deductive ability.

However, Rajesh Sharma as theatre-director Ambikesh Sanyal is good. He appears in a never-before-seen avatar in this film. Though his beard looks fake, he justifies his role. As far as the other cast members are concerned, they oscillate between being melodramatic or deadpan. Mumtaz as Ishika and Sampurna as Anya emote too much, whereas Indraasish as Mainak, for such an important role, emotes too little. Rajdeep is good, but he needs to work on his diction.

Overall, don't go to the hall expecting a keep-on-the-edge-of-the-seat thriller, as suspense is not what you'll get to see.
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Overall, don't go to the hall expecting a keep-on-the-edge-of-the-seat thriller, as suspense is not what you'll get to see.
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