I was really looking forward to 22she Srabon. With an inteligent director like Srijit at the helm, a super starcast, some exquisite music and a promising storyline in the much anticipated form of a 'Who-Dun-It' chase after a serial killer, it was set with all the ingredients that make a good film.
The promos looked really good and we made sure that we got tickets for the night show of the film on its first day of release. For a first day night show scenario the crowd turnout was also quite promising.
Without much further ado, let me get to the review.
The man who steals the show in 22she Srabon is Prosenjit. He shows what a seasoned actor he is in this outing, once again. He impresses with his incredible screen presence and impeccable timing. His dialogue delivery is flawless and the subtleties and nuances in his acting, a delight.
Personally, I thought Raima was a little wasted in this role, a lady of her calibre doesn't get much scope here.Although she was perfect in what she did, looking independent, alluring, seductive and emoting when the need arose as required of her.
Parambrato was good and has his moments in the film, particularly when he expresses his deep sorrows, but he performed within his comfort zones and didn't show any new side to him. Abir was decent too.
Was expecting much from Goutam Ghoshe but thought that he was good but not great.
The movie ups its standards instantly, as soon as Prosenjit enters the frame for the first time in it.
The first half builds the story well but the second half, although good, stretches a little towards the end to a rather predictable and slightly disappointing end (if you have been an Agatha Christie buff you will probably guess who the killer is, quite accurately).
Loved the scene in which Prosenjit asks Parambrato to fetch him his suitcase, it is done with such finesse and the quick exchange of amused glints between him and Rajesh Sharma show very seasoned acting.
Loved the dialogue exchanges between Prosenjit and Parambrato, the sarcasm and the cheek invoke just the right amount of amusement in the audience.
What I missed in the film was impactful and cutting edge sound effects and a great background score. It was no fault of the theatre accoustics either as the trailer of a film like 'Azaan', which came in just before the second half started, showed just what the right sound technology and effects for action sequences could do for shots in a film. I think a greater investment in this direction for thrillers (I know the makers do not want to brand the film into any genre, but still...)will be needed in future. The visuals were great, with the dark alleys and shots creating just the right atmosphere, but let down as the accompanying sound effects were not up to par.
The relationship between Raima and Parambrato was also left at the superficial, could have been baked better but perhaps as the film was already pretty lengthy, got sacrificed. That Parambrato was real 'daal bhaat' material and sterling gold did not come through very effectively as all he seemed to do was scream and shout at his girl when under stress, probably the greater moments of the relationship got edited out?
Also, is it necessary to have each and every member in the film shown smoking nearly all the time? Smoking used sparingly creates the right atmosphere. Used all the time can get tedious!
Despite these, 22she Srabon is a good one-time watch! I enjoyed my outing. I'm sure you will enjoy yours and will discuss it over tea or coffee, dissecting and analysing it for the next few days...which means it stays in the mind.
My one pet peeve...didn't get to hear Shreya's version of 'Gobheere Jaao'(my favourite song from the album) in the film ;-)!