The director of this film Anup Sengupta has nothing to lose, if this film doesn’t click.
Prosenjit Chatterjee, the male lead of this film has also nothing to lose, if “Badla” flops.
Even the co-artists like Anamika Saha, Kaushik Banerjee, Dulal Lahiri or Subhashis Mukherjee have nothing to lose if this film doesn’t run more than a week.
But the female lead Moubani Sarkar has everything to lose because this is her debut film. It has been learnt that she has already been cast in second lead roles in 3 other films. Poor girl doesn’t know if “Badla” flops all the blames would be dumped on her shoulder as she is the only odd person out. And Tollywood is simple like that. Even ‘Bumba Da’ won’t be there to protect her.
Anyway, the story of “Badla” revolves around a village which is situated in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, where the extras look like Telugu, but the characters speak in urban Bengali. Bharati Devi (Anamika Saha) is the mother of three sons Joy – Sujoy and Arjun (why not Bijoy, only God knows). She is the Panchayat Pradhan of the locality. There is another man in that locality who is Sanatan Mitra (Kaushik Banerjee) who lends money to the cultivators, and who has a keen interest in becoming the Pradhan of the area. As he is a money lender he is a bad man.
Bad people always try to make a group. In his group Joy and Sujoy joins as because they are very greedy, they don’t want to give share of their property to Arjun (Prosenjit) and their sister Swapna. Their maternal uncle Dhananjoy (Kunal Mitra ) is the key person of that group. They all made Bharati Devi anti of Arjun and for that they were successful in proving Arjun a thief.
So, on one side there were Sanatan – Joy –Sujoy – Dhananjoy and their goons and on the other side only Arjun alone. So the stage was set for our own Bumba Da to create a don-like dhamaka. But alas!! All through the film we found Bumba Da weeping –weeping and weeping. Why? Because his mother misunderstands him. But don’t think Bumba Da is not getting help from fight-master Judo Ramu. It’s because of this man we saw baddies jumping like dolphins come out of pond in all-black and make dishum-dishum with Bumba Da and obviously our great hero wins.
And now you may ask who is Moubani Sarkar in this film? So far I have understood she is the daughter of Dulal Lahiri and Sonali Chakraborty. Their only son was married to Prosenjit’s sister. And then Prosenjit fell in love with Moubani, who is US-returned but wears costumes bought from Chowringhee foot-path.
The film end with revenge or “Badla” taken properly. But in the meantime Bumba Da has become husband and father of a son. Director Anup Sengupta has taken just a song-length to make-over Bumba Da form a silly village boy to a suited agriculturalist and a father of a eight year old boy.
There is Jisshu Sengupta in a cameo role. Don’t ask why? But if you ask, can tell you. When Anup was shooting in Hyderabad Ramoji Film City for this film, Jisshu was also shooting for a television reality-show. Jisshu has two days off from the show and then Anup’s think tank made 2 plus 2 equals 4. “Clear Hai?” then “No Bakwas”.
(Statutory Warning: The film is 4292 mtrs long)