The story of the film JUARI in one line is, “a first class first in philosophy becomes ultimately a gambler.”
Novel JUARI was written by Rupak Saha probably 25 years back. It basically deals with the ‘satta’ organizers around the city. ‘Satta’ is an obsolete gambling in the age of online loto gambling. The director Panna Hussain likes to stick to the original and hence the characters with latest generation of cell phones discussing with bookies, pencillers etc. of ‘satta’.
Santu is a first class first graduate in Philosophy honors. His other friends Rana, Digbijay, Sushil are also educated. They even speak in English with the police officer who brings them to the police station. They represent the young generation of this time. What they do? They only passed their time with their girlfriends. Only Santu wants to earn lot of money and hence ‘satta’ is a easy solution.
Rupak Saha’s original story didn’t go in deep in to any social problems. The original story was so filmsy that if someone sticks to it religiously it would be very difficult to make any watchable cinema. Panna Hussain has no credibility of making any watchable cinema, the film JUARI is also no exception. But it could have been another DEEWAR in Bengali without going deeper in to any social crisis. The story line had enough cues of creating any larger then life character. The character Santu could have been Amitabh Bachchan of DEEWAR. But did not happen. Instead it became a third graded cinema made in Bangladesh.
The locations, the artists, the dialogues, the scenes – all are so poor. It is very easy to understand why this reviewer was the only audience in the upper stall on the first day night show. Even an unnecessary sex in the beach dancing scene cannot survive a ‘C’ graded film.
Pasha and Vaaniya are the two lead roles. Pasha is Santu and Vaaniya is Phullora. Phullora is the lady interest of Santu. The entire film is a flash back which starts from a call from Mumbai to Phullora on her birthday. It is Santu who calls Phullora from Mumbai on her birthday only and sends her flower bouquet. But the journey of Santu from a nobody to a ‘satta’ don is so vague all interests loss in the middle.
Pasha is good but Vaaniya is poor. The remaining cast is also very poor.