Raj Chakraborty and Dev are again in a new venture jointly- and this time it is “Lagaan” in Bengali. And for the first time Raj has stepped out from his mentor producer Shree Venkatesh Films.
Though the film starts with a comedy-note but it slowly turns down in to a socio-political drama and that jiopardised the entire film. The initial comic element of the film was the typical ‘north Kolkata verses south Kolkata’ where north means Ghoti and the south means Baangal. Story writer Padmanabha Dasgupta thought this baangal-ghoti fight would click once again like ‘Ora Thake Odhare’ did in the early years…but there is neither any Bhanu Banerjee nor any Tulsi Chakraborty or Chhobi Biswas now in industry. so instead of acting all the actors like Laboni Sarkar, Biswajit Chakraborty and even leading lady Payel only shouted while delivering the lines. Only exception is Dipankar Dey who is a north kolkatan and head of decadent family.
Abir (Dev), a young boy had to shift from south to the north part of the city with his father and mother. Initially he was very shaky to adjust with the north-ambience and he was very reluctant to befriend the neighbors. The lanes and by-lanes, the very lazy life-style created some kind of apathy in him about the locality. But Rani (Payel), the girl next door, changed him and gradually he became pally with the local youth. The local boys though always keep themselves busy in gully-cricket, they are not capable enough to beat any team. Abir once beat them in a tournament miserably.
The entire story shifted from here to a typical “Lagaan” kind of entertainment when a local political leader-cum-real estate mafia (Anindya Banerjee) enters in to the scenario. He wants to build a mall in the in the locality and hence a few big buildings would be demolished. His goons keep the locality in a terror…not a single voice spoke against them in fear. In this juncture Abir comes forward to save the locality and the prestige and sentiment of the people. He suggests a cricket competition between the local boys and any team of the political leaders…if the leaders team wins he will be allowed to build a mall. Knowing the cricket skill of local boys the leader agrees and after that entire story is ditto of “Lagaan”.
For the first time Dev has neither any scope of shaking his legs in a disco nor he has to show his action skill and also for the first time Dev- Raj duo has made a film without Jeet Ganguly’s music. Acting wise both Payel and Dev are good. But it is very surprising using Debjani in a sex-maniac’s role. It was not necessary at all.