Mon Maane Na has been made at a time when Bengali cinema is maturing, hence instances of wrong direction, typical Bengali cinema tactics, etc. are unavoidable. But one can boldly say that romance is at its best and in very few movies in Bengali (or other languages) such wonderful romance is found. Dev has definitely evolved as an actor but will still have to go a long way to be termed as a "good actor". But incidentally, his role demands more of expressions and I was surprised to find how wonderfully his eyes can speak. He has one of the best romantic faces in Bangla industry, no doubt, and can only better. Koyel is good, obviously more polished than Dev regarding expressions and she has acted quite well. Her eyes are the winners, I should say.
There's nothing so new in the movie but it stands out among the contemporaries due to the wonderful locales of N. Bengal. Romance in the misty hills in the morning, added with fog and clouds, is absolutely SPLENDID. The movie needs performance, and less speech or shouting.
Speech is not always the factor that helps the success of a movie. Expressions count. It is a story of untold love - lovers can't express their feelings. But perhaps that adds to the beauty of the film.
What I disliked: Dev being shown flying up from a watery upthrust initially and the HORRIBLE climax. The fact that Dev, committed to reach his lover on time, is forced to drag along by the director, covered with blood, is ... well, TERRIBLE. The story should not have brought in so much injury and blood. It is a soft movie and should have ended softly. Like it should have ended with emotions, not blood.
While the title track is one of the most popular songs today with Dev displaying brilliantly his dancing abilities, "Chokhe Chokhe" is a delightful romantic number that will instil in you a desire to come close to your lover. It creates a stir in your heart. "Chupi Chupi Valobasha" is good also, and Jojo's "Bhalobasha Mon Bhole Na" is a sorrowful number.
Overall, not a great story. But watch it especially for Dev's delightfully expressive eyes and cute face, the misty hills, romance, Koyel's acting and Tapas Pal.