‘Aamra’ was probably the first Bengali sex comedy which was released 5 years back.Mainak is back with his latest film called Bedroom. Now if one thinks that all you are going to see is a lot action in the bedroom and a lot of steamy scenes, you are absolutely mistaken. Bedroom is not what you think it is all about. There is literally nothing of the sort here.
Bedroom is actually a urban take on realistic relationships which especially exist in our urban story. There are traces of the film being a sex comedy in the earlier stages, but it slowly fades away and it soon becomes a story of three couples and their relationships.
The film is about Joy, Deb and Ananda.While Joy is a struggling actor and conducts workshops, Ananda works in an I.T company and Deb is an actor. Joy’s wife who is a fashion photographer runs the entire show as Joy hardly earns any money,Ananda ‘s wife is a housewife and Deb is forever willing to sleep around with whoever catches his eye(in fact a new girl every day).However barring Deb , the rest of the couples don’t share any intimacy at all. In Joy and Ritika’s case, it seems that compatibility is the main reason and Joy’s current state rather than any thing else and in Ananda‘s case, it is he who finds excuses whenever his wife tries to get close to him at night. Regarding the last two mentioned names, why intimacy does not exist is clearly not defined. It seems that the reasons are not sexual in nature though there might be other reasons.
The film is also about emotions, despair, frustrations, desires, trial and tribulations of each individual that they are facing in their relationships. Yes, it includes incompatibility too. Maybe that is the reason why these characters try to look for compatibility or just fun in other relationships excluding Deb (for him these things have no meaning) and Ananda (perpetually distancing himself from his wife in bed), this specially applies to Joy who gets involved with Tanisha,a student in his workshop who is also a part time sex worker and a junkie and Ritika who gets involved with a model, sleeps with him and then suddenly dumps him have no reason. Is it because of incompatibility that these two characters start to look for satisfaction and compatibility in other individuals? There can be no other reason for doing so.Charecters like Rajat, Priyanka’s close friend who still has a weakness for her have been inserted to make Priyanka‘s character a clean chit as only she remains above till the very end.Deb’s character also meets it’s match in Ipshita,a journalist whose journey in life is similar to Deb and so they get close, but their closeness barely last for a night and it literally ends before it starts. A couple of things remain unexplained-why Joy and Ritika get married in spite of everything (they still have their regrets) and why Ananda loses his job just because he can’t satisfy his boss by providing him a girl, but later gets it back as soon as he does so.
Most of the characters are not properly sketched out.Ushashi doesn’t get much of a chance to prove herself, but she does well within her limited time.Tanusree does well as Tanisha and is one of the best performers in the film , but again we don’t understand why she does what she is shown to be doing? The reasons for this and other things as mentioned earlier remain unexplained.Parno as Ritika is good, but we don’t quite understand why she takes such a stand and her character behaves in that manner in the film. The film is neither a sex comedy nor a proper take on relationships. It remains a patchy portrayal. At least Aamra was a proper sex comedy. The music is nothing great and Somlata’s rock version of ‘Maya Bono Biharini’ is extremely disappointing. Her ‘Jagorane Bibhabori’ from ‘Ranjana Aami Aar Ashbo Na’ was so new and fresh.Rupam Islam and Allan Ao also appear as themselves along with other musicians.