‘Icche’, a new Bengali film tells us about three characters-Manas, Mamata and Soumik. Manas has a laid back personality and is content with what he is doing, but Mamata has high hopes for hers on and wants him to become real big. But the mother-son ‘war’ starts when Soumik develops a crush when he is a teenager and his mother puts an end to the relationship. His mother’s wants him under her wing at all times and wants no girl to come in the way and again when he falls in love later, she tries to put an end to that relationship and also to make amends, she tries to bring back her son’s first crush back in his life .How does the son cope with this? Does he react positively? Do the mother and son come closer? Does this take him further away from her?
This powerful film is essentially about the mother and son relationship and it’s repercussions. The film is centered on this and hence even the teasers on the road read-‘Eta Sab Tomar Icche Aamar Icche Noy’,’Tumi Tomar Prem Ke Kakhano Kabar Diyecho?’’Aami Diyechi’! Right from the beginning, Sohini portrays the role of Mamata, a mother whose entire life and dreams revolve around her son who she considers to be a puppet in her hands. She thinks she will hold the reins to his life which again will be as she wants. Everything will be as she wants. She is extremely intrusive specially when it comes to his private life as well and that becomes one of the major issues of the son’s revolt. Also she exposes all his love letters (as well as Debjani’s) to his friends and also when she comers to know about the new girl Jayanti in her son’s life whom she despises, she decides to bring back his former love in his life as she decides that she is right for him. She becomes the deciding factor for everything! Later on the son marries secretly, takes up a Mumbai and reveals this to Mamata at the last penultimate moment which brings her world crashing down!
From the very first moment, it seems as if the mother and son are challenging each other and at one scene the son even says ‘I Challenge You’. In fact the intensity between the mother and son gets more and more engrossing with every moment. The other characters in the film like the father and the two girlfriends of Soumik are supporting characters in comparison to the two leads, but they make their presence felt and make the film more realistic due to their performances. We all know about Bratya Basu and therefore it is expected he will come up with goods and he does, but even newcomers Ruplekha Mitra and model turned actress Bidita Bag are quite good.Sohini makes a comeback to the big screen after 11 years after her brilliant performance in ‘Paromita Ekdin’.For the entire film she remains the extremely possessive and obsessed mother, but in the second half she easily turns manipulator as well. This film is an extremely delayed project (3 years or more) and is in fact Samadarshi’s first film though it is getting released as his 4th film.This guy simply never ceases to amaze us in each of his films and as usual he is brilliant over here as Soumik, the revolting son who seems to want his own life back from his obsessed and possessive mother. At every altercation between the mother and son, the performances of Sohini and Samadarshi become a bone of contention as to who is superior as the performances are so compelling and that remains throughout the film. Two scenes which remain with you-when Soumik comes back home to discover that his mother had made his love letters public to his friends and he ends up clapping, when his mother opens Soumik‘s door to discover Soumik and Jayanti smooching and she is shocked and last but not the least the parting shot which finally becomes a long shot at the very end when Mamata discovers that her son will never come back to her , is far removed from her and has married Jayanti.Truly A hallmark scene! The music by Surajit(of Bhoomi fame) features songs by leading vocalists of Bengali bands including Rupam(Fossils),Sidhu(Cactus) and others as well as himself, but probably the only song worth recalling is the one sung by Surajit himself-‘Ore Mon’(continues to play several times in the background as well).The film is based on Suchitra Bhattacharya’s short story ‘Iccher Gachh’.Parama Banerjee , the singer plays the part of Mamata’s sister here and in that cameo does well.
The film does remain what one of the teasers say-‘Eta Aami Aar Aamar Mayer Galpo’.