• Mon Mane Na, the new version of a previous Bengali film of the same name starring Prosenjit is absolutely different in it’s content from its namesake. It is the story of Riya (Koel), a daughter of a wealthy businessman who flees from home when her father fixes her marriage with some one against her wishes. She comes across Rahul (Dev), who has stolen a necklace and hides it in Riya’s bag. A guy steals Riya’s bag and Rahul and Riya track him down but the necklace is not on him. Meanwhile Riya’s father places an advertisement in the papers and some goons come across it and try to kidnap Riya but is prevented from doing so by Rahul. A cop Rahman (Tapas Pal) also arrives in Siliguri to track down Rahul. Rahul and Riya lands up at Rahul’s place in Siliguri. Riya discovers that Rahul has stolen the necklace to pay for his sister’s wedding and for his nephew’s treatment. Riya returns the necklace to Rahul as it was with her all this time, but takes it back from him and tells him she would sells it as no one knows her. She gives the necklace to Rahman under the condition that no harm would come to him. She asks for money from her father and gives it to Rahul though he doesnt suspect anything and goes back to her father. Rahman goes to Rahul and tells him the truth. Rahul goes to Riya and declares that he loves her.
The film is a musical love story with some action throw in and would have been quite a refreshing film under the circumstances, but unfortunately the climax is quite absurd. Of late, Tollywood has started to look beyond North Bengal and Ooty for their song sequences and over here too, they don’t disappoint as a few songs have been shot in Singapore. Dev has every thing good about him which includes looks, height and a little bit of screen presence as well, but he definitely needs to improve on acting skills. Koel does a far better job as she is a veteran by now (compared to Dev) and looks pretty. Most of the songs are nice, specially the title track(not the one sung with a note of melancholy by Jojo) which is one of the best foot tapping numbers to have been composed in Tollywood of late. The climax is completely unrealistic and a few other things in the film is a little hard to digest. On the over all, one should see this film do more then average business at the box office and may even become a success.