Now that Tolly heart-throb Dev has tried both commercial and offbeat movies, we can divide his performance based on movies of these two genres. Well, Le Chakka to some extent is an offbeat role for Dev as there he had to act, and he did very well with minor mistakes. Then in Dui Prithibi, he excelled as a thief and broke his own records, creating a new "D-E-V". Then in Romeo he has acted well. And now in Khokababu, he is full-on with the commercial Bangla cinema and delivers a remarkable performance, considered by critics to be his BEST till date in commercial films. Khokababu excelled Paglu, certainly!
To begin frankly, I'm delighted that Bengali audiences have started to realize that they should not consider an item song to be a romantic Rabindrasangeet, and instead enjoy Dev's dance moves. That's indeed positive! I found many elderly people in the halls have stopped yawning and cursing the song; instead they are keenly admiring Dev's brilliance as a dancer.
Coming to the story, it has many twists and turns which grip the audience. You'll surely get interested to see Khoka running away with his lady love, tricking Ferdouz the don and marrying her. Khoka has brains and perhaps his intelligence contributes immensely to the movie. Of course, a hero with no brains is not at all a good option!
The storyline may be cliched, but the presentation is nice indeed. The climax is one of the best parts of the entire film.
Romance forms an integral part and I was surprized to find how brilliantly today romance has been incorporated into Bengali cinema. Here the romance is very sweet, very subtle, and most prominent in the song sequences.
I should give a standing ovation to Dev for such an outstanding performance. He has improved so dramatically and is near-perfect. A bit more and he'll be Mr. Perfect. The role demands some acting, which has been done correctly and well. Otherwise, he's superb in romance, expressions, action and comedy. He is especially strong in comedy and I think he should do more films like this. Overall, a grand performance by Dev who has, in Khokababu, proved his acting mettle in commercial films. He was exceptionally restrained in the "Mon Kande" part and his energy level is truly an inspiration for all. Catch him in the police uniform and you won't stop laughing as you see his moustache and him eating pan! He looks hilarious with those sunglasses too.
Subhashree has markedly improved. There is improvement in all respects, be it appearance or acting. She emotes quite well and is also a good dancer. But she must work on her eyes, but okay! We understand everyone won't have such eyes. With Dev delivering a super performance with exceptionally expressive eyes, she looked good too.
Biswajit and Labony have given stellar performances. Hats off to them! They seem to be Dev's real parents, so electric is their chemistry with him. Ferdouz is very good indeed! His rough and tough nature, and ultimately the realization of his sister's sorrow is nice indeed. Locket is charming as usual. Tathoi is good, particularly in the carrom sequence.
"Khokababu" title track is peppy and already a hit. It's an item song and displays Dev's extraordinary dancing talent. "Je deshe" is a nice song but not very romantic. "Laga laga laga pyar ka jhatka" is a comedy song featuring dance. And "Amay Ador Kor" is beautiful. The locales are splendid and a treat for the eyes. The sorrowful "Mon Kande" is good indeed. There Dev-Subhashree were indeed very good, I must say.
After a long time, elderly men and women and full families had come to see a commercial Bengali movie in a multiplex and they left with smiles. Indeed, a satisfactory experience. Nonetheless, though Subhashree is a good dancer, she has to be better, as any shortcoming in dancing with Dev is a pain to the eye. I found her to be somewhat not-so-good in "Laga laga laga" but "Amay Ador Kor" was truly nicely choregraphed and well-executed.
Khokababu Markatari! Dev's song is "sweet" and childish but of course is placed well.
In short, right direction, good script, awesome performances from almost the whole cast and the natural Hero-image of Dev, barbie-like Subhashree are the plus points of Khokababu.
And lastly, I have to admit Dev has groomed himself so well that he looks younger in every movie. In Khokababu he looked 24-25 years old. Man, look at his performance, and then look at his maintaining himself. Hats off!