After the Byomkesh Bakshi series which are based on stories by Saradindu Bandapadhyay, now a children’s film ‘Bhollu Sardar’ has been made based on the story by the same author.
To begin with, the story is itself not too strong nor has much content to make a film out of the story and even if the a film is made, it can’t afford to be more than one and half hours . Thank God, the director keeps the duration more or less within limits.
The film is about Bhollu who lives with his parents, sister , uncle and aunt. His father is eccentric and is forever occupied with the rehearsals of his theatre group. His uncle had been forced to marry due to his father and he literally stays away from his wife. Also, he considers himself to be someone like Swami Vivekananda and doesn’t believe in a family and practises philosophy and is also a weirdo. Bhollu is very close to his aunt. One day he goe with his family to see a film where he sees a dacoit who robs the rich and gives to the poor, a sort of a Robin Hood. Bhollu starts imagining himself as the dacoit from time to time.
The big prankster that he is, he is successfull in bringing his uncle out of his stubborness and gets him back into the family system and get him united with his aunt.
There is nothing striking about the film. It is just a simple tale which needs to be told simply and the director , actor Debdut Ghosh has done just that. Biswajit Chakrabarty and filmmaker Satarupa Sanyal who play Bhollu’s parents have done well. Satarupa in fact has proved herself to be a good actress and should be seen more other being behind the cameras herself. The only bad part of the film is that the child artiste Priyanshu who plays Bhollu has a problem with his ‘S’ and everything with S is mentioned like ‘Shyambazare Sasibabu’. This is something which the director should have noticed and tried to rectify and if neccessary chosen another child artiste as it is extremely hard on the ears.
Otherwise it is a very simple film told simply .