Basu Chatterjee’s latest film ‘Hothat Sedin’ is a complete rip off of ‘Rajnigandha’, a film that the director made in 1974. This film just happens to be the Bengali version of the former.
The story is about Deepa ,a young graduate student who is in love with Sanjoy,a fellow student. He has already got a job and is more interested in his career and lacks punctuality and thoughtfulness though he is a nice guy. An interview for a job in a college makes Deepa land up in Dhaka where she comes across Nabin, her old flame in college. Nabin helps her with the intereview by using his contacts. Slowly she finds herself falling in love with him all over again as he is more considerate, thoughtful and caring. She is torn between two men. After coming to Kolkata,she comes to know that she has got the job. She comes back and discovers that Sanjoy has got a promotion. He is more worried about his own success and wants to know whether she has failed to get the job so that they can get the married. Deepa ponders.......
The film is a bit slow and too ‘ancient’ for a film of 2012. If this would have been made 30 years back, it would have all right. However just like Basu Chatterjee’s other films, it is a simple story which has been well told. The original Hindi version featured Vidya Sinha as Deepa, Amol Palekar as Sanjay and Dinesh Thakur as Navin whereas the Bengali version features Riddhima Ghosh as Deepa, Aviraj as Nabin and Firdaus as Sanjoy. Riddhima is good as Deepa as her face has the kind of innocence and simplicity which is required for the character of Deepa. Aviraj has does a good job as Nabin as has Firdaus as Sanjay. The music and the background score by Debjit Roy is interesting because it reminds us of the kind of music which was there in the films of the 70s specially in the films for which Salil Choudhury was the composer including Rajnigandha. It does take us back.
The film is a nice little film which might take us back to the 70s after viewing it.