Director Kaushik Ganguly has given us a 2hrs pure fun by his latest venture “Jackpot”. AT last we can put our trust on somebody who would deliver comedy in coming days.
The story deals with two friends Akra (Hiran) and Dodo (Rahul) who are fighting for 1Crore rupees award in a Reality Show. The both are the mega finalist and the final decision of who wins will be taken after three days. During those three days they have to select a profession and during the period they have to hide their original identity. The person who would be able to carry on that profession hiding their identity will be owner. Arka took the profession of a car-hire agency’s driver and Dodo had to take the profession of a constable in a Kolkata Police Station.
During their professional days both Arka and Dodo meets two girls – Koel Mallick and Sohini Pal and then the comedy starts.
Kaushik Ganguly during his tele-film days made a couple of comedy which really clicked. In
his third film “Jackpot” he delivered his that expertise. The Screenplay and Dialogues are the key points of this film. Hiran with the agency’s car moves away with his client Koel Mallick from Kolkata to the hills of Rishav. And Rahul and Sohini in their police car following them to catch as Koel had run away from her home. So it is basically a chase story and this is the first road movie in Bengali.
The film starts with the introduction of the two mega finalists of the reality show by the host (Suman Dey). The film also ends with the hose announcing who had own the Jaskpot. But kaushik had given a twist in the tail. And because of the twist the film ends with a sad note which was totally unexpected. This unexpectation is the USP of the film.
Where Hiran and Koel are serious pair, Rahul and Sohini are the comic pair and there is Biswajit Chakraborty in the role of O.C who always tell silly jokes and laughs loudly. Kaushik himself also in a small role of Hotel Manager. Though the role is a cameo Kaushik impressed the audience.
Being himself a good actor, Kaushik has almost metamorphosed the two young heroes of Bengali cinema. Both Hiran and Rahul has totally avoided any kind of acting they usually do in trash Bengali film. Rahul with his flash teeth prove that he is damm good comedy actor. For the first time in his acting career Hiran appears like a sensitive – intelligent actor. Koel is good as usual. “Jackpot” is Sohini’s first Bengali film. Her first film was Anjan Dutt’s English film “Bow Barracks Forever”. Sohini has proved that she is really “Baap Ki Beti”. She is daughter of Tapas Pal.
Music has an important role. Apart from remix – remake version of “Jibone Ki Pabo Na…”, there are three more songs – well written and well composed. Kaushik has written the songs and Jeet Ganguli has composed them. These songs are well knit in the screenplay.