After “Parineeta”, directors of the Bengali films are fascinated by the Bar-singing sequence with a Retro-look, as similar as Rekha in the said Hindi film. We saw Writa Dutta Chakraborty in ‘Housefull’, we saw Swastika Mukherjee in ‘Byomkesh Bokshi’, we saw Moonmoon Sen in ‘Natobar Not Out’, and now we have seen June Maliya in recently released “Laboratory”.
And no doubt both the song (music by Partha Sengupta) and the entire sequence including June, is the most nearest to the original one.
Bused upon a short-story written by Rabindranath Tagore “Laboratory” is a 130 minute long film directed by Raja Sen.
The story revolves around the conflict, regarding the Laboratory of scientist Nandakishore (Sabyasachi Chakraborty), and mother Sohini (Raveena Tandon) with her daughter Neela (Arpita Chatterjee). Nandakishore married Sohini, a Punjabi girl, at a very later stage of his life. Nandakishore died in an accident, but before that he was able to make Sohini understand the value of his Laboratory. So, some time later Sohini wanted to find a suitable person to look this valuable Laboratory. Through professor Chowdhury (Ranjit Mallick), academician and researcher Rebati Bhattacharjee (Saheb Chatterjee) comes to meet Sohini to take over change of the Laboratory. Seeing Rebati, Sohini likes her, but she was afraid about her daughter Neela. Sohini realizes Neela’s beauty and charm may distract Rebati and her dream may shatter. So she always guards Rebati from Neela. But Neela was adamant to prove Sohini That Rebati is not the right person to look after her father’s Laboratory, because he has no back bone. When for a couple of days Sohini was away to look after her ailing mother, Neela takes Rebati in her control by her charm. When Sohini comes back she finds Rebati giving a party for Neela and her friends using the Laboratory fund. Then Sohini realizes that her choice of person was wrong.
Raja Sen’s film is too long and hence very slow and boring. Screenplay is very poor, we find Sohini and Prof. Chowdhury Discussing in the same room at different times of the day in four consecutive scenes.
Arpita Chatterjee and Ranjit Mallick have tried their best. Raveen Tandon is good. But Saheb and other sub plot characters are very poor.