Though direction is nothing new for Parambroto Chattopadhyay as his last work "Jiyo Kaka" was nicely woven movie with splendid performances by veteran actors like Rahul, Rudranil. This time he decides to be in front of the camera as well as behind it. Well, frankly saying it's always a pleasure watching Parambroto on screen and where this includes his own vision behind the movie he is working in, is something irresistible. Adding to that, Hawa Badal is a well-marketed movie that has created much hype by now with its soulful soundtrack and catchy trailer and promos.
Though it has been nothing so secret till now that Hawa Badal is inspired from 2011 Hollywood comedy flick "The Change-Up", I would like to state that Hawa Badal is very much different, sophisticated and expressly scripted than The Change-Up. Hawa Badal is much more 'Bangalee' in itself with spectacular performances by the lead protagonists.
Satrajit (Parambroto Chattopadhyay) and Rajarashi (Rudranil Ghosh) are childhood buddies which can also be said as "Lyangto Boyesher Bondhu". While Satrajit is a boring Corporate Associate whose life very much works on a routine, Rajarshi is a foul-mouthed, manner-less musician, sorry Composer, Lyricist, Singer who doesn't have any goal attached to life. One night while urinating, they exchange their bodies and therefore lots of confusion, misguidance occur which result into a wacky, madcap set of incidents also with many touching and sentimental moments.
If one was given to set a genre to Hawa Bodol, then it will certainly be a hard one for him. Hawa Bodol keeps on going with a hilarious first half and suddenly becomes a relationship drama as soon as it continues with its second half. Parambroto as a director has certainly evolved himself with Hawa Badal. This one has a favorable story with many layers which work excellently for the movie as Parambroto skillfully plays with some good factors to make the movie enjoyable. For example, the excessive use of explicit language may be offending to some viewers but some young and rowdy cinegoers will enjoy that completely. Also there are many lingering, steady and sentimental moments which work perfectly for the other viewer types.
The soundtrack of the movie deserves standing ovation absolutely. Every song in the movie is equally beauteous, melodious and I was amazed to see how the songs worked excellently situation-wise in the movie. Indradeep Dasgupta delivers one of his best works with this one. Also lyrics by Prosen and Angshuman Chakravorty were equally touching and alluring. Especially Angshuman Chakravorty writes some topnotch lyrics for "BHOY DEKHAS NA PLEASE", Bravo! "MOR BHABONARE" was composed and used beautifully in the movie.
Dialogues by Anindyo Bose work hugely for favor in the movie. Though too much of foul words are used in the movie entirely but they are too catchy as well as humorous. Additional Screenplay by Parambroto himself and Original Screenplay by Anindyo Bose are commendable. Supriyo Dutta's Cinematography is okay. Sujoy Dutta Roy's editing could have been much crisper.
Now if I come to performances then it was a prudent decision to impose Rudranil Ghosh in such a role with so many layers. He was absolutely excellent in both the role he played. He was outrageous as Rajarshi where he was equally meretricious in the role of Satrajit. Rudranil's performance is brilliant in a nutshell. Parambroto seemed much comfortable in the role of Satrajit where I saw some lack of rowdiness when he enacted as Rajarshi. Though as the end of the movie reached his blemishes seemed to be disappearing. But still, as both the roles of Satrajit and Rajarshi are equally challenging, both of Parambroto and Rudranil delivered a praiseworthy performance.
Raima Sen didn't have much to do though I doubt that a splendid performer like her could have poured excellence if given chance. Neha Panda gives an excellent performance throughout. This young lady has much potential in her which will work wonders if properly used. Kaushik Ganguly and Kamalika give a wonderful guest appearance.
Finally, Though not the wind, but Hawa Badal definitely brings a change in modern commercial Bengali movies. Equal dose of drama with comedy is sure to entertain the viewers from start to end. It sets a new level for Bengali movies by trying something different, something new, something precocious. Brilliant performances by the two lead protagonists, a celestial soundtrack and a new-minted concept full of hilarious and maudlin moments - Hawa Badal is this much eminent. A Must Watch!