Naamte Naamte based on Dibyendu Palit’s ‘Trata’ is the story of the middle class. A story about us. A familiar tale yet told exceptionally well. This is the story of a middle class family who are in constant fear and have problems of their own. The head of the family, Ananda has an initial problem with his landlord because he is a defaulter and then he has to deal with the the local goon, Tota as well. He is a coward while his wife is much more assertive. The film is about the character of Ananda who is in constant fear from the goon, from the landlord and from himself which is portrayed brilliantly by Rajatava Dutta. Rupa Ganguly who plays his wife is the stable factor and again Rupa shines with her performance. Ananda’s saviour, Tota whom he thought he had won over and he could use destroys his peace when he lands up at Ananda's place since he had not sent his daughter over to him and his wife gives in to Tota’s demands to save Anando and he is shattered.
The film is a wonderful portrayal of what does happen or can happen to any middle family as these things can take place. Anando’s weak character comes out clearly when he is forced to compromise with the world for everything and that includes Tota (for his wife) which destroys him. He is a guy who is in constant fear from himself and just can’t rest at peace.
Naamte Naamte which actually means lowering yourself is all about how much a coward lowers himself to compromise with the world and all his values and prestige result in nought as his wife’s honour is even compromised , yet he is unable to do anything as he is a coward. The film becomes more realistic largely due to the performances of the lead pair and Saswata Chatterjee who plays Tota and again excels. The settings and locations are just perfectly middle class. There are just a couple of things that don’t fit in. Is Saswata’s character an educated unemployed youth who just doesn’t want to do anything because by the look of his house, he seems to hail from a upper middle class family or is it a major flaw? Secondly Cactus appear as themselves in a song , but was that song required or did Sidhu have to drive home the point that he is making his debut as a music director with this film?