It seems that Bengali films have more to offer when they remake a Hollywood film. Megh Roddur starring Subhasree and newcomer Palash Ganguly stars in the remake of the highly successful Hugh Grant-Julia roberts starrer ‘Notting Hill’ which is a romantic comedy. This film tries to be a romantic comedy, but then the film goes nowhere because of the plot and the performances.
Arpan who runs a bookstore in Shillong comes across noted actress Madhuja Sen when she visits his shop one day having come to Shillong for a shooting. Both of them like each other instantly and they even meet a couple of times, including at a press meet where Arpan is mistaken for a journalist. She is even introduced to his friends one day at a party and she gels well with them. One day she turns up at his house after months as she needs a place to hide as her pics are all over the place. They end up spending the night together, but later on regret it as the press arrive at his place on being informed by Bachhu, Arpan’s friend. She leaves him and goes away . She again comes to town to shoot a film where Arpan lands up and comes to know that he was just another person in her life. Well, the similarity ends just here! Suddenly Madhuja gets kidnapped by members of PLG, a group who support insurgency and she is later released when Arpan arranges the ransom amount of 20 lakhs by selling his love of his life, the book store. However the couple is reunited in dramatic circumstances afterwards and Madhuja remains in Shillong after she gets married to Arpan.
Surajit Dhar returns to Shillong after his ‘Pa Ma Ga Re Sa’ which based on the life of Pandit Ravi Shankar and was a box office disaster though it had some good performances and impressive music , but the film didn’t work out. Seems that if nothing will work for Megh Roddur. The only thing that works for the film is again Shillong. After Pa Ma Ga Re Sa , the town is again shown in all its splendour and captured in every frame possible. The film is let down in quite a few possible ways. Firstly the performances-Though Subashree is okay as is the rest of the supporting cast, the newcomer, Palash is a complete letdown. He just can’t act to save his life and he has got a deadpan expression and everything about him is so weak. For a remake of Notting Hill, you needed a pair who would look romantic and have a chemistry between them, but here it is somewhat lacking. Again the subplot is a complete letdown as usual. In a film which is the remake of Notting Hill, where does the subplot involving the kidnapping, the PLG Group and insurgency come in? This completely destroys the film. Was it added to the film to make the ‘getting back together’ of the couple more dramatic? By the way, what the hell was an item song doing in such a film? Certainly not expected from a director like Surajit Dhar. The music of his previous film was also much better.