Raja Sen who has always made very good sensible cinema had last made Laborotary last year, a strong portrayal of womanhood based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore where Raveena Tandon acted under his direction. His previous Teen Murti which was based on the tale of three elderly men and their lives as to how they decide top go about it after retirement was perhaps one of his first light films and was excellent in it’s own way.
His current Moubane Aaje is also a light film and somewhat on those lines though the subject matter is quite different. The film is based in a village where Satish Roy is the patriatch.Mainak, his son is a hopeless character who goes away to Kolkata to study only to come across a complete tomboy Payel who makes literally mincemeat of Mainak.Their paths cross as their marriages are fixed to each other without them knowing anything. They are shocked when they see each other later. However Payel ‘forces’ Mainak to marry him as she is the perfect foil for his simplicity.
Rahul and Priyanka have been perfectly cast as Mainak and Payel.In fact all the actors or actresses have done justice to their roles. It is these characters and their portrayal which makes Moubane create it’s uniqueness .Be it Mainak, Satish Roy, Ella with her right handedness, the fraud football coach or Payel’s grandfather who has a problem with his ‘S’ and also has a foul mouth , these characters help to make Moubane Aaj an interesting film.
There will be quite a few people who might think that the quality of Raja Sen’s film have started coming down with Laboratory and Moubane Aaj.Yes they are films of different genres and can’t be compared. Teen Murti was also probably his last good film which is a fact. However talking about Moubane Aaj, it is the moments of melancholy which might bore a few people; make it a little slow along with the 3 songs which people might think is not justified. The film needed a little more pace perhaps in the first half.Manoj Mitra who has also written the script of the film has perhaps saved the day.
One of the best things about this film is that absolutely at the beginning of the film when the names of the star cast are being given, we get to hear a few lines of the famous Hemanta Number from the 60s Bengali film ‘Bandhu ‘starring Uttam Kumar which goes like ‘Mou Bane Aaj Mou Jomeche…..An excellent way of using the song indeed.