After “Jackpot” director Kaushik Ganguly has given us a pure feel-good film in the form of “Brake Fail”. Throughout the 17 reels one would feel reading fairy tale, which does not happen in reality but occurs only sweet dreams.
The film is about five garage mechanics and a girl. The girl was first Hena, the transformed into Rupa and finally becomes Koel and again back to Hena. “Brake Fail” is journey of this girl from a poor village Hena to the fairy palace Koel via Kolkata’s Rupa.
The five garage mechanics are headed by Papaji (Annu Kapoor), and others are Parambrata, Saswata, Lama and Tarango. There five comrades are like five men army who are engaged in a deadly fight to save the girl. The girl Hena/Rupa/Koel (Swastika) falls in love with Sidhu (Parambrata) who is also from a village. Ultimtely both Hena and Sidhu unites and gets a life of prince and princess. Isn’t it a fairy tale? As it is a fairy tale all the characters are either good or bad. There are no grey characters a part from Sub-Inspector of police Mr. Ball (with double ‘l’) and the palace owner Mr. Sengupta (Santu Mukherjee) who always says “kono sense nei…” (no sense at all) are only loveable nonsense characters, who are not either black or white or grey.
Hena, a Muslim girl, leaves her village home as her step-mother arranges her marriage with the brother of the local goon Altaf Bhai (Kaushik Ganguly). She meets Sidhu in the bus, like “Jab We Met”. Sidhu was leaving his village for Kolkata in search of a job. On the way the sidekicks of Altaf Bhai almost caught Hena, but she was rescued by Sidhu by saying that the girl in the burqua sitting next to him is his wife. Sidhu gets a job in Papaji’s garage where the other merchants and Papaji thought Hena as his wife and for getting a shelter Sidhu named Hena as Rupa.
Tanima Sen and Paran Bandopadhyay play the role of a couple who roams in a truck with all their belongings in search of a rented house. There are cameo roles, which have no serious bearing in the storyline, but as a screenplay writer Kaushik has blended their scenes with the main plot in such a subtle way that it was never seemed suspended from the vacuum.
In supporting roles Lama and Tarango have done their part in extreme case, it is Saswata who excels. These days Saswata seems to be the best supporting cast n the Bangla film industry. Annu Kapoor is the only choice for the role of Papaji. Kaushik should be thanked for casting him in his film. Parambrata and Swastika are quite good. A warning for Parambrata: Leave your silly mannerism…you should behave differently in the role of Animesh (Kaal Bela) and in the role of Sidhu (Brake Fail).
Neel Dutt’s music is well blended with all kinds of emotions but sadly Mainak Bhowmik’s editing has no punch is this film. Though I have a great regard for his editing skills. Rakesh’s camera work is also not worth mentioning, though he is also a very competent technician in his specific field.