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Chalo Let's Go  (2008 - Bengali)

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Chalo Let's Go cumulative rating: 3.4 out of 53.4/5 (13 users)

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  • Chalo Let's Go rating: 0 out of 10(Chandi Mukherjee wrote on 08 Jun 2008)

    After ‘Bong Connection’, this is the latest release film by Anjan Dutta on the young Bongs. It deals with their love, their passion and their philosophy. At the end we come to know that four Bongs, cannot stay together for more than a year – the age-old concept of Bengalu psyche still prevails. Ashini, Sanjay, Shekhar and Hari are four young Bongs who are under scan. The four names are a direct lift from Satyajit Ray’s ‘Aranyer Dinratri’. In Ray’s film the four friends left the city for jungle by a White Ambassador. Here the four friends left the city for the hills by a White Bus along with ten other peoples of different natures. ‘Chalo Let’s Go’ is the name of the film where at the end different layers of characters of these fourteen people are revealed. Sanjay is the narrator of the film. He narrates the story in a flash back – flash-forward mode along with the time present. So we are able to know the beginning – the middle – and the end of the friendship of four young bongs. The transitions from the middle to the beginning and then from the middle to the end is the spine of the film. The editing by Manik Bhowmick is so accurate that can easily understand the three stages of friendship even with this complex type of story telling. But Indranil Mukherjee’s cameraman fails to capture the complex characteristics of the fourteen people on a tour. Indefinite close-ups are not the right clues always for exploring the contradictions of the characters under study. Even he fails to capture the scenic beauty of the mountains. A typical panning shot of the Himalayan Valley is not expected from him. He sould have studied at lest Ray’s ‘Kanchenjunga’ when the remade-scene of Karuna Banerjee singing a Tagore song and Pahari Sanyal comes from the back was taken in this film at the almost same spot with Kaushik Ganguly singing Tagore’s ‘Aache dukkho aachhe mrityu…’ and Bidipta Chakraborty comes from the back and sits besides. The entire scene has lost his feel and charm because of the wrong song divisions. The examples are many. Neel Dutta’s scoring is not that good as it was in “Bong Connection”. God knows why he has taken the tunes as same as his father Anjan’s old hits? Even the singing style by Rupankar at times seems carbon copy of Anjan. The background music does never add on over visuals. At least four films would come to our mind while watching this film. “Aranyer Dinratri” (for the names and the journey), “Kanchenjunga”(for the mall-sequence ad the truth and tragedy about the most peculiar character Miss. Gombhir enacted by Churni Ganguly), “Nayak” (for the ensemble of different co-passengers and the slow revelation of those characters) and finally “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”(for the bus journey in the hills). It is very difficult to say whether Anjan’s film is a tribute those four films, but no-doubt that this film is very old wine in a new but well-designed bottle. Anjan should be thanked for presenting 14 good actors of Bengali cinema. They have all acted their roles nicely. Saswata Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh and Arindam Seal are superb in their respective roles. Even Bidipta Chakroborty and Koneenica Banerjee excel their all earlier credits.

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