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Diet critic rating (Times of India): 1

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Diet  (2009 - Bengali)

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Diet cumulative rating: 2.75 out of 52.75/5 (15 users)

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  • Diet rating: 2 out of 10(Chandi Mukherjee wrote on 04 Jun 2009)

    The better of this recent released film by Panna Hossain is that it is only 100mts long.

    Apart from directing the film, Panna Hossain is in charge of Story and Screenplay also. The story revolves around Abed Ali (Tapas Pal) and his wife Amina (Tania). Who were forced to leave their village home at Palash Bari with their just born baby. They come to Kolkata and helped by a police constable (Chinmoy Roy) get a shelter in a near by slum.

    Though after this the story follows an usual route, but the form takes a separate route. We find that a feature film is being made on the life of Abed and Amina by a woman director Teesta (Sreela Majumdar). Interestingly she was shooting with her cast in the same set where Panna Hossain shot his film. Sreela Majumdar, a director of the film–within–film act not only as narrator of the original film but also as the analyst of the characters.

    Though as a Screenplay writer Panna Hossain took an unusual route for a mainstream film, but while writing he didn’t consider his capability as a director. The demand of the Screenplay was too high for the director.

    Abed Ali forced his wife to take the easy route of earning money. It was Abed himself brought the first customer to his wife. To save the life of her only child Amina didn’t protest that day, and eventually the local “mastaan” Santu (Pasha) becomes her customer. Santu is rootless man who became an orphan, the reason not clearly stated. Santu’s wife also left him. Amina finds a protector in Santu. Santu helped Amina to get diet for her ailing child from the local hospital.

    Diet - means Bread & Milk in the breakfast and double-meal in the lunch and the dinner. And this double-meal will act as a main food for Abed and Amina, if it can be smuggled without being caught.

    But when it seemed that hospital-diet saved the life of Abed and Amina, then one morning Amina finds her child dead. And before that Santu was shot by police while he was saving a woman from the hands of her husband.

    Panna Hossain tried to induce an off-beat romance between Santu and Amina. It could have been better if Amina’s point of view was made clear to the audience which was not very transparent in the film.

    Tapas-Tania-Pasha tried their best but ultimately if the film doesn’t click, nothing is remembered.
    Kabir Suman as the Music Director fails.

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