Prasenjit Chatterjee again proves that he is the only person now in Tollywood Film Industry who can pull alone a film. In the past we have found Uttam Kumar to take the entire burden of a film in his shoulder, now a day it is Prasenjit. Long live the superstar.
In “Gharjamai” apart from Prasenjit, there are Abhishek, Mrinal Mukherjee, Anamika Saha, Bodhisatwa Majumdar, Piya Sengupta, Namrata Thapa in different major roles, but it found that spectators only vote for Prasenjit. Whenever he appears on the screen the interest of the audience always maintains a steady graph.
This film is directed by Anup Sengupta, who in the past delivered numerous hit Bengali films. No doubt he knows the trick of the game.
The story of “Gharjamai” is a cock-tail of many old Hindi hit films. Separation in the childhood is the central theme of the film. Shiba (Prasenjit), Deba (Abhishek) and Rani (Piya) were separated when they were child. Shiba and Rani are brothers and sisters, Deba was their friend Shiba and Deba were schoolmate and from their childhood they were expert in “Jhaar-Pit”.
Dulal Lahiri had two wives, Anamika Saha and Sonali Chakraborty. Anamika Saha had one daughter Tina (Namrata) and Sonali had one son Deba. Anamika didn’t like Dulal’s association with his first wife. So Anamika made a plot with their Manager Mrinal to remove the mother and the child. Joy Badlani killed Sonali with a dagger and set fire in their house. But Deba escaped. At the same time Shiba & Rani were also there. Their three Children fled away and eventually separated.
After a few minutes they grew up and then appear Prasenjit on the screen. Anup did a clever thing at this juncture. He gave a heavy comic dose to the screenplay from henceforth. This comedy starts when the Manager Mrinal forced Anamika to settle for cracked son of the manager. The comedy starts when Shiba (Prasenjit) claimed that he was already married to Tina, and Tina also agreed to that just to get saved from that marriage. Tina even didn’t know Shiba before, but ultimately Shiba became the Gharjamai.
Prasenjit tried comedy in some of his earlier films. But unfortunately he didn’t get the right script and fright dialogue. So his comic skills were not talked about. But getting the right dialogue and right screenplay he proves he is also equally comfortable with comedy.
To be very frank Piya Sengupta might be a good actress, but being the wife of the director she should not opt for acting in the role of Rani, the younger sister of Prasenjit and love-lady of Abhishek. She looks much older than the two in the film. This is the only drawback of the film.
Abhishek though played the second lead of the film; he didn’t get enough scope to show his acting talent. He has to remains content only showing his action-screens. But he also proves that he too is a comedy actor.
But the comedy screens with Mrinal Mukherjee and his son failed. The manager tried several tricks with the help of Abhishek to throw away Prasenjit from the post of “Gharjamai”, but every time it failed. Their try and failure could enhance the comedy elements of the film. But due to lack of good screenplay in those scenes it didn’t happened. If it would happen “Gharjamai” could be one of the best comedy film of this decade. Probably Anup Sengupta didn’t want this. He wanted some serious fight & action scenes between Abhishek and Prasenjit before their actual identity was clear to both of them.
Still, “Gharjamai” is the most entertaining film till today of 2008.