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Ley Halua Ley  (2012 - Bengali)

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Ley Halua Ley cumulative rating: 2.8 out of 52.8/5 (184 users)

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  • The 'Bengali' Hungama

    Ley Halua Ley rating: 5 out of 10(Aditya Chakrabarty wrote on 16 Apr 2012)

    Sonali(Payel Sarkar) has run away from a small village to get a job in the big city, where she hopes to make enough money to pay off the debts her family owes their landlord. Otherwise Anjali will have to marry the landlord's son, Langcha(Kanchan Mukherjee). Once she arrives in the city, the only way she can find cheap lodging is by pretending to be married to a total stranger, Subho (Hiran), an aspiring musician. Subho and Sonali initially don't get along but must make do to retain their low-rent accommodation.

    Meanwhile, an electronics salesman named Rahul (Soham) is struggling to find a loan to start his own business. His wealthy dad refuses to loan him a single penny, and he is quite frustrated.

    Meanwhile, millionaire businessman Harshavardhan Banerjee(Mithun Chakrabarty), who lives in a village with his wife(Laboni Sarkar) and retains the mannerisms of a villager despite his untold riches, decides to spend a few weeks in the city. He and his wife are afraid of becoming estranged from their London-educated son when they return home; a stint in the city observing the ways of city folk seems like a good idea. Mr. Banerjee owns a large villa in the city but has never lived there, leaving it occupied by his servant Madhusudan.

    Unknown to Mr.Banerjee, someone has been living at his villa for the past couple of weeks, having struck a deal with Madhusudan. The plan involves pretending to be Mr.Banerjee’s son and asking Sonamoy for his daughter's hand in marriage. The plan has been working to perfection so far, with money- and status-conscious Sonamoy having visited the villa, having become impressed with that guy, and having decided to betroth his daughter to someone he believes is Mr.Banerjee’s real son. However, the plan is about to fall apart at the final hurdle, with news that Mr.Banerjee is unexpectedly arriving in town tomorrow. Fearful for his own employment, Madhusudan begs that guy to make some excuse to Sonamoy, leave the villa and find temporary shelter elsewhere until Mr.Banerjee has come and gone.

    Sonali gets news of Mr.Banerjee’s arrival from a friend and pays a visit to the villa in the hope of landing a job there. She turns up for an interview, but Mr.Banerjee’s's wife does not like her husband's bubbling behavior towards the young, attractive Anjali and slams the door in her face. Desperate for a job, she decides to wait outside the door in the hope of seeing Mr.Banerjee again when he steps outside by himself. At this point, Rahul shows up at the villa to fix a stereo his shop sold Mr.Banerjee the day before. When he sees Sonali at the door, he mistakes her for the daughter of Mr.Banerjee and instinctively starts wooing Sonali.

    Unable to land a job at the Banerjees, Sonali later bumps into Rahul when she replies to a help wanted ad in the newspaper for work at Rahul’s new store. Rahul is perplexed as to why super-rich "Mr. Banerjee's daughter" would want to work a mediocre job but agrees to hire her without inquiring too deeply, realizing the golden opportunity such arrangement offers him in being able to woo her daily. Sonali, realizing Rahul’s's mistake, does not correct him, realizing she may not land the job if Rahul finds out she is a poor village girl.

    Meanwhile what happens?

    Who gets Sonali in the end??

    The reason behind telling the entire story?
    Does it seem all too familiar?In fact seems to be Hungama ?You bet, this is in fact the Bengali ‘Hungama’ which has been directed by Raja Chanda and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films.The 2003 Hindi film ,a moderate success directed by Priyadarshan and starring Akshay Khanna,Rimi Sen,Aftab Shivdasani, Paresh Rawal and others in it’s Bengali form stars Soham, Payel Sarkar,Hiran,Mithun Chakrabarty who have replaced the above mentioned names in it’s Hindi form.The film is a complete rip off from it’s Hindi version and it would seem as if you are just watching the Hindi version while watching the film.In fact It is a very concrete rip off of the Hindi version.The laughs,the characters who are caricatures are all there, nothing is missing.In fact rather than the leads who have done a decent job, it is in fact Mithun,Laboni Sarkar,Subhasish and other character actors who entertain us with their dialogues and antics.Yes the humour is of a slapstick kind specially at the end where there is complete mayhem all around with complete madness created by all the characters but that is also because the Hindi version happens to be like that.Mithun is wonderful as Harshavardhan Banerjee, the landlord who still holds on to his ideals even after times have changed and Laboni Sarkar who is the ‘Meena Kumari’ of Bengali films is a steal with her act as Mrs.Banerjee, the housewife who desperately wants to change with times and become modern like other city folk though she is from the village .Rajatava as Sonamoy and Subhasish Mukherjee as Sonamoy and Madhusudan are good, but the audience probably have their laughs reserved for ‘Langcha’ Kanchan Mullick who plays the madman extremely well and draws the maximum cheers from the audience.The film has a name which a lot of Bengalis well use it as sort of a slang or as a habitual vocabulary extension so much so that it becomes a habit saying it.Over here Harshavardhan(Mithun) is shown to be saying it from time to time as it has become a part of his habit.

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