“The story without love is not worth telling” – This is the catch line hangs in the door of Ria (Koel Mallick) and Rahuls’s (Jisshu Sengupta) bedroom.
But who are Ria and Rahul? They are the main protagonists of Riingo’s latest film “Love”, taken directly and entirely from the Erich Segal “The Love Story”.
No doubt this is a young generation film. No doubt this is a love story. And no doubt the tragic end of the film makes you weep.
But not being a young-gen spectator, this film reminds me of a film called “Chuti” by Arundhuti Devi based on a story named “Khar-Kuto” by Bimal Kar. The film was made some 40 years back. In that story also there was a young couple enacted by Nandini Maliya and Mrinal Mukhopadhay were in love and at the end the lady love died from leukemia a kind of blood cancer. It was a smashing hit of that period.
I don’t know who wrote first – Erich Segal or Bimal Kar – but no doubt it proved, successful people thinks alike. Success has only one way. Without comparing the two films, I would only like to say the Arundhuti Devi’s film was able to create lot more emotions in the spectator’s mind of that period. Riingo targeting his own generation spectators has probably failed in that aspect.
Why? I think there are mainly two reasons. Reasons are, these young spectators have lesser patience to watch a two and a half hour film until it is something else. And reason two, these spectators are not interested to watch any “nyaka, nyaka” (pretty-pretty) chocolate love story, rather they are fond of watching “Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na” a love story with a 2008 style of love. And also they don’t believe the ending of any love story in a tragic note.
So, these are the negative points of this film from the point of view of a young generation spectator. But I am not of that generation. So, I sat through the entire film and wanted to be associated with the characters of the film. Any I couldn’t, but that’s not a problem.
So, I started to analyze why the director has made the heroine a Christian? I got the answer very quickly. Christian means there must be a church, and inside of a church with beautifully painted concaved glass panes make the visual more interesting . Apart from that, a top view of the church with wooden benches placed in rows and burning candles enhances the beauty of the frame. So the name of the heroine Ria Fernandez, who wears a cross to prove her identity. Christianity didn’t pose any problem in the problem in the script. Rahul’s father only opposes the marriage because of financial structure of Ria’s father, religion didn’t come in his mind. He must be a secular man!! He plays billiards and stays in a huge palace, usually where Maharajas used to stay in the past. But he and his wife wears cheap costumes supplied by the dress department of Tollygunge. There people don’t bother about the financial status of the person. They are only supposed to supply suits for George Baker and silk sarees for Chaitali Dasupta.
I couldn’t understand the locale of the story. Sometimes it seemed it might be Kurseong and sometimes it seemed Kolkata. The two characters driving in a beautiful red sports car in Kolkata roads, and within a minute they are seen in the background of the Himalayan Range. It didn’t happened once, it continued happening throughout the film. But who cares about the locale? I don’t know why I cared?
The cinematography of this film is the first positive thing I observed. Riingo as the camera-man did everything what was required to achieve the mood of the film. The second best thing is the editing. It created lots of pace, at times unwanted, in the body of the linear story. The third best thing is the freshness of the two protagonists Jisshu and Koel. By this time though they are hugely exposed to many films, but they appeared as new comers with the sublime freshness.
The music bears this generation’s tune. So, I was unable to understand or memorized the single line of any of the song. That’s the fault of my generation. But I couldn’t get the answer of this from this generation’s spectators too. So the theme might be questionable. But till date I remember the song “Amaar Haath Dhore Tumi Niye Cholo Sakha…” from “Chuti” by Arundhuti Debi.
Old is always not gold, but at times it is true.