Park Street is a name which is synonymous for it’s fine dining places,nostalgia and even night clubs as a few of them are located near it and one of them plus a pub is located on it. This was considered the place from where night life took place from the 60s and it has continued since. It has some of the best restaurants and night spots of Kolkata. People go there to have a ball, sometimes to down a peg or two, sometimes to shake a leg and at times to indulge in all three of them. It is indeed special for most of us taking into consideration all generations.
Raj Mukherjee’s Life In Park Street’ is one such film which shows us different sides or shades of the area. It tells us about the bright side and the dark side. It tells about some people who come here with hope, some who come here to forget their worries , some who come here with unfulfilled dreams and about some who just come here to enjoy! However the film is more about depressed souls, broken hearts and sleaze rather than anything else. It doesn’t really project the brighter side of Park Street. It seems as if all the characters whether it is Niladri, the film director who is in search of his love for the past 25 years, Disha who is caught between her parents and drinks herself to glory every day or her mother Radhika who is in two minds about her husband Arindam or Roop or Arindam who is in two minds about Radhika or Bipasha, they all seem to be tormented souls. However though the characters are linked to each other , there is no particular reason why this film had to be shown centred around Park Street.
One doesn’t feel for any of the characters including Niladri for whatever reasons. Maybe it is because the way the film has been projected and portrayed. The way sleaze has been shown in this film, it seems as if all sleazy activities take place in Kolkata in and around Park Street. The characters who have been shown to speak English either speak incorrect English or their accent is atrocious save Anne. Everything starting from hardcore drinking, sleaze, lip locks , homosexuality and what not has been shown in this film, but nothing works and the film seems to be a complete disconnect and lacks soul. The acting performances of none of the actors and actresses save Baisakshi Marjit as Anne are worth talking about, but she somehow saves the day as she is a seasoned TV actress. There are probably more ‘memorable’dialogues in the film, but the best of them goes like ‘Not today, I am too poisonous today’(when Pushan tries to kiss Disha)! Anything more? Well yes, too many things start happening during the climax when Radhika gets kidnapped, a fire breaks out on Park Street in which Preeti perishes and Anne and Niladri don’t get the time to reconnect properly. The fire ? Well, you guessed it right. The most obvious incident which took place a couple of years before and so even actual footage of the incident has been shown(that is probably the only time when you actually feel for something or someone in the film, the victims when you see them leaping to their death).