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Chalo Paltai review by Times of India
Chalo Paltai critic rating (Times of India): 3.5

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Chalo Paltai  (2011 - Bengali)

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Chalo Paltai cumulative rating: 3.25 out of 53.25/5 (11 users)

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  • De Novo : A Tour de Force

    Chalo Paltai rating: 5 out of 10(Dipen Guha wrote on 22 Apr 2011)

    Adapt some inspirational ingredients from " Three Idiots" and " Tare Zameen Par", pour them into the typical Tollywood cauldron, cook it on the flame of melodrama, when the stuff reaches its boiling point( Gourav's passing into coma) put some spices ( like Snehamoy's encounter with the history teacher, as a whistleblower in the C.M'house,interview on T.V), leave it to be cooked for nearly two hours, and just before you discharge it off the oven, garnish it with some catchy substance ( a post-coma sixer), you can term the food prepared " Chalo Paltai". In this case, the chief chef is Hranath Chaktoverty, a successful film maker. The recipe is drafted by N.K. Salil.

    In the existing system of education, the creative faculties and inborn qualities get sealed by the onerous pressure of acdemic rat-race. There may be a " Tendulkar" or a " Mangeshkar" in a budding soul. But, these potentials are forcefully buried under sod of pusuit for " success". The thirst of soul is never quenched, and frustration as a result of it tells upon the academic course. Parents are puppets stringed by the system. Academic institutions busied with producing the best translate the parents into beasts and the children become " the beasts of burden". Yes ! yes! we must voice against the system. We must make a clarion call " Chalo Paltai". But , when this burning issue is projected on the silver-screen, presentations ought to be cemented with sound logic. A KMC clerk cleaning others' cars or selling fragrance-sticks on roads, getting his daughter a dress with a cost of Rs 2500, fails to purchase the urgent medicines for his dying son, never misses the sundowner's drinks-- are loosely packed and imprudently scripted. The father has never been cricket-hater ( as viewed contrary by some critics), but he takes cricket for " Boroloker Khela" ( a game of the rich) and according to him, his son's indulgence in cricket is somewhat a beggar on a horse-back. Like most of the fathers, he has failed to discover the " sealed book" that his son Gourav is gifted with, and lays persistent pressures on the unsealed books for getting through the Test Exams. The conflicts between father and son results in physical encounter that proves fatal. Gourav passes into coma. The post-traumatic coma stage is so enduring that his son in a vegitative state is brought home. A brain operation revives Gourav to normal. Following the filmic " fade in" and " fade out"the post-operated Gourav champions himself with a sixer.The story-line is good. But, what lacks the most is logic and orderliness. As a result it seems the film has been scripted to play to the gallery.
    As for acting, Prosenjeet as Subhomoy is pretty in the first half and we stay acquainted with Subhomoy, the father. In the second half, he comes out of the cloister of the vested character to the true self of the stereo-typed Prosenjeet, the world is acquainted with. Munni ( Tathai) has done a brilliant job. Her expressions while in the line of fire deserve appreciations. Gourav( Devdan) is good though his looks befit much more well-to do background. Others have done justice to their roles. Music is arresting and some numbers are well-scored. Ravi Ranjan Moitro has done editing impeccably.
    All the same, " Cholo Paltai" fails to leave an abiding impression. To change afresh ( De Novo) is really a tough job( tour de force).

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