“Jackpot of Ideas & Stagnancy…….”
Kaushik Ganguly realizes sooner than later and thus diverges in his genre. He switches from “ films” to “commercially viable” products. He realizes that he must return the financer at least a considerable portion of his money if he hopes of remaining in the elite league. May be he thought of being familiar and popular as a director, amongst the audiences. Or may be he truly loved the concept of a reality show. What ever may be the reason, Kaushik Ganguly has completed “Jackpot” and that is what actually matters.
The sole word which my define “Jackpot”, is “unique”. The film is a unique commercialized venture, with unique ideas, unique star cast , unique locales and a unique story line. The concept is unique too, with Suman Dey from Star Ananda putting in an inspired performance. But even all of these ”unique” characteristics fail to fluctuate the condensed stagnancy in the quality and market of contemporary Bangla Films. Primarily the screenplay by Kaushik has too many flaws and loopholes, which are bound to happen if such a twisted story is selected for a celluloid depiction. Secondarily Art direction (Joy Chandra Chandra) and Camerawork (Gopi) has been demoralizingly below par considering the exotic locations where the film was shot in. To make the film engrossing and arresting, the director cuts loose in the “heart”. The good work of the first half gets overdone in the second. The film grapples up ridiculously in the hope of crossing the limits. Incidents like Dev dancing to the tunes of “Jibone Ki Pabo Na…” and Hiran-Rahul sacrificing the prize money to an unscrupulous cause tallies for the misery of the director. Even Mainak Bhowmik’s editing is painful at times as several cut shots overlap each other. With Kaushik setting out to make a sleek film, he could have zeroed in on more dynamism behind the credits, which sadly doesn’t happen. Regarding performances Koel, Biswajit and Sohini depict camera free and natural enactions. But Hiran remains the bone of contention. Its hard to believe that a person like him has to be termed as an “actor”, but that’s the harsh reality with which the voyeur must cope. Rahul gives in a standout performance. His comic timing in the sequences with Biswajit have been rib tickling. With his brief torso and plain looks, Rahul is an absolute delight to witness. It’s the “Rahul” factor which covers up much of the flummery of the crew. “Jackpot” thus comprises uniqueness in explanation but gets absolutely stagnated in depiction and presentation. Potboilers are not your cup of tea my dear Sir !