‘Joker’ is the best film produced till date from the stable of Channel 8 films. Produced by Ashok Surana, the story is different, heart warming and pulls at the heartstrings. The film is essentially about a father and son relationship and about dreams.
Jeetu is an aspiring footballer who becomes a victim of adminstrative politics as a result of which he doesn’t get selected for the junior Bengal football team. His father who was a promising footballer during his heydays couldn’t fulfill his ambitions of becoming a footballer because he never compromised on his principles. He thus wants to realise his dreams through his son whom he wants to be a very famous footballer. For that he is ready to do and sacrifice anything. He makes a living by showing tricks with the ball and balancing acts and wears a mask of a joker. His friend who runs a circus asks him to join his circus where he can show his tricks and earn some money, but he refuses. The film is then about how Jeetu is forced to take that role to pay for his father’s illness(he has got T.B) and give up both his and his father’s dreams. However dreams prevail over anything else at the end. How?
The film is about the father and son and of dreams and ambitions and hence everyone or anything else is secondary. Saheb Bhattacharya who plays Jeetu gets a role where he does get scope to showcase his talent and he does a decent job, however it is Debesh Roychoudhury’s performance of a lifetime as far as films are concerned. The theatre veteran is stupendous as a father who gives it all to see his son become a famous footballer, something which he couldn’t become due to certain reasons. The supporting acts from Santwana Bose as Jeetu’s mother and Tamal Roychoudhury as the circus owner are good as well. What spoils the mood is the film’s pace, the sound quality at a North Kolkata theatre where this film was viewed and the excessive background music during the dialogues which was disgusting and made some of the dialogues inaudible. Moubani Sircar as Jeetu’s girlfriend is completely wasted as she doesn’t have any scope to act(not that she can act much!).
However this is definitely the best film from Channel 8 productions till date. If a few factors could have been taken care of, it would have been better.