Bhorer Alo is yet another extremely disappointing film from Prabhat Roy. With every film people are beginning to wonder if this is the same director who has given us films like Seth Patharer Thala, Lathi, Sedin Charitramas etc, all extremely socially relevant films. His last film ‘Hangover ‘though a sort of disappointment and sort of a slapstick had it’s share of critics who also enjoyed the film, but the present film is an extreme case of melodrama and playing with one’s sensibilities.
Imagine a Prabhat Roy opening with a song and dance number at the very beginning with bikini clad foreign women dancing around! Then the actual story unfolds! The story is about Rinka who is brought up by her father or so it seems (turns out he is her uncle) who turns against him when she comes to know that he has found love at this age. She follows him one day and discovers what she has heard is true. But then her ‘father ‘Arunabha ‘makes her hear the truth. It seems that her ‘mother’ Srimati falls in to the trap of a playboy singer Subhankar and had come across Arunabha when she had fled from his house after coming to know of his real intentions .They had stayed in touch and gradually fallen in love with each other and got married and Payel, Srimati’s younger sister had moved in with them .She had also come across Subhankar one day when he had performed at her birthday party. He starts playing the same game that he had played with Srimati.Payel had also decided to get married to him. What Srimati did not know was that he had turned into a new leaf after his mother again came in to his life as his mother was the sole reason why he had acted in that manner so long with so many girls as she had left him at a young age when he was sick.Srimati goes to Subhankar‘s house and asks him to stay away from her sister. She also puts quite a few sleeping pills in his glass when he is not looking and he later on passes away.Payel comes to know the truth much later and commits suicide and leaves her newborn child in her sister’s care.Srimati surrenders and goes to jail and when she comes out after 12 years, she goes to a women’s house run by the jail authorities as she doesn’t want to face her ‘daughter’.
The plot is a little disappointing and a lot of factors let the film down. The screenplay isn’t up to the mark, the acting isn’t great at all (from most people) and the songs by Jeet Ganguly aren’t great either. The level of the film tends to go up and down. Though nearly the entire film is in flashback, there are several things which don’t match and can be termed as flaws. The taxis are shown to be only yellow and not black and white as they were then at that point of time. Then just because the people has a tie-ups with a few sponsors , hence mustard oil brands and pain relieving balms are shown which didn’t exist at that time!Rituparna’s make up after her marriage is a little too loud and at the end , it is extreme melodrama and crying and wailing which becomes pathetic after a while.Newcomer Anusmriti who is a model and makes her debut with this film is much better and restrained as Payel though when she is acting as Rinka she is nothing short of disastrous specially when she is informed by her friend about her father’s new love. That particular scene is laughable. Both the two main lead actors are not very conversant in Bengali and hence their voices are dubbed.Rohit Roy again plays the role of a playboy musician and must be a role which is like a cakewalk for him. Also he isn’t much of an actor.Rituparna also doesn’t age much after 25 years! The costume designer of this film is supposed to Masaba Gupta, daughter of Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta, but we don’t get to see anything much of relevance in this film by way of costumes.