Four-time National award winner in cinematography Avik Mukhopadhyay has become director for the first time and his last director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury is his producer this time. The film is ‘Ekti Tarar khonje’, means – in search of a star. But whether the star is a real star in the sky or a film-star I real – is difficult to understand. Because in the beginning we see a vast sky where there are thousands and thousands stars and in the background we hear the protagonist’s voice where he says, we are all searching for a new star to emerge all the time and after that we find Avi (Sayan Munshi), the protagonist, wants to become a film star and for that he leaves his home town Chandernagar.
The story is jointly written by the director himself and one Madhuja Mukhopadhyay. Initially the story seems to be of an aspiring young boy who dreams to be a film actor. If someone observes this initial portion of the film he will definitely find a close resemblance with Ray’s “Nayak”, especially the flash-back part of early Arindam’s life. Even the dialogue of this portion between Avi and his friend are almost like Arindam and his friend in “Nayak”. But both the story writer had something unique in their mind so the imbibed some superman-like quality in the hero-Avi has a power to see certain things in advance…he is a prodigy. And this gives them a chance to turn the film in to a cheap thriller.
Avi comes to Kolkata to become a film actor and he starts living in a house as paying guest …and there he meets Rani (Arpita), the landlord Ananda Babu (Dhritiman), Ananda’s sister (Tanusreeshankar) and their servant Nabadwip (Anindya). The entire ambiance of the house and the characters are beautifully etched and photographed …but alas! All these effort are messed up when Avi accidentally joins an underground mafia gang unknowingly.
Now the story gets a second fold. One is Avi’s dream of becoming an actor and the other is Avi’s association with the mafia gang. Then the story writers fall in a dilemma which fold of the story would get preference. Both the folds are very cinematic…it would be interesting to shoot both a film - within a – film and also a haft lit criminal den and their crimes. Being puzzled they preferred the letter along with Avi’s power of promotion. And that makes the film very unrealistic and ultimately boring.
The criminal gang lead by Gangu(Dibyendu) and English speaking Krishna (Sumit Thakur) on one side and the film director Weik (Arijit Dutta) and his production manager (Arindam Sil) on the another side gets more preference than the hero Avi and his lady-love Rani in the screenplay to carry on the two fold story. And thus a film which started an hour and a half ago with a hint of a good story-line gets lost and ends up in a mess.
Both Sayan & Arpita are good, but Dhritiman being a very good actor could not cope up with his role as he could not believe that his character had such a miserable twist in the tail.