Nonsense Bengali Film....
Certain films don’t deserve any review: “Z-films” has produced recently one such film “Haanda & Bhonda”. Don’t ask why there is an English “AND” in between the two names. The film is directed & acted by Z’s Bangla reality show “Dance Bangla Dance” Crew and cast.
Narayan Debnath, the famous Bengali comic- strip artist created two nonsense but loveable characters “Haanda” and “Bhonda”,a few decades back. If you think, this nonsense Bengali film is based upon there two characters, you are wrong. Director Subhankar Chattopadhyay only stole those two names and made his own story.
Here Haanda (Mithun Chakraborty) and Bhonda (Aritra) are father and son, not two friends.
Subhankar believes he wanted to make a comedy on generation gap, but what he doesn’t believe that making online reality show in television and making film in celluloid are two different ball-games. Without knowing the rules of the game, you will be a loser. And “Haanda & Bhonda” is a real loser. Though the story of “Haanda & Bhonda” is conceived by the director himself, the screenplay and dialogue is written by Padmanabha Dasgupta, who with a little bit of grey elements in his head, is supplying trash, films after films. Like the director Subhankar, his screenplay writer Padmanabha should also understand, what is good in small screen, might not click in the big screen always.
Bhonda thinks his father Haanda is a miser, and hence he doesn’t get whatever he wants from his father. But Haanda, the father is not actually a maser. He wants to bring up his son in a right manner. As he is a petty middle class government servant, he believes his son should not always possess the things possessed by only rich children. So he tells his son stories from Leela Majumdar, Rabindranath and others to guide him in a right way. This is the basics of the two characters.
But one day listening the story of “Ichchapuran” by Rabindranath Tagore, the son thinks his life would be different if this kind of wish fulfillment would have happened in his life too. Like his son, the father also believes, it would be nice if the roles are reserved.
Here the story takes a real comic turn, but the cinema doesn’t. Their wishes were fulfilled. The next day the father becomes the son, and the son becomes the father. If could have been a good comedy if the treatment and the acting were at par.
Mithun in his new role tries to fit-in desperately, and Aritra is a non actor- there lies the problem.
Regarding the other department of the film making there is nothing to write about.