By Nilesh P. Khandare(19 Oct 2010)
Natobar Not Out is a comedy which will appeal to a wide cross-section of Bengalis - urban, small town and even rural, as almost every Bengali is either already a poet or at least aspires to be one. That there's something in them that pulls them towards poetry is now a known fact. This is the story of a young chap 'Natobar' from a typical north calcutta middle-class neighbourhood whose heart beats for poetry, but with no appreciation coming from any quarters - not even the local club, he loses heart almost every day.
But by a strange quirk of fate, he gets a job as a copywriter in an advertisement agency and gets acclaim for the first time for his rustic spontaneous jingles. The recognition catapults him to a lifestyle replete with the latest gizmos, branded clothes, international cuisines and of course, the currently mandatory credit card. He becomes a hero in the neighbourhood with getting one the local events sponsored by his company and also at home, by exhausting his credit card limit in buying gifts. In his new avatar, Natobar somewhat strays away from his next-door girlfriend Mithu and buys a diamond pendent for hi sensuous colleague Ujaala at the agency who accompanies him to Bombay for an ad film shoot.
All this comes to an end with the bank and he moneylender pursuing him for his dues and his company losing the ad film contract for which Natobar had slogged. Face to face with reality, Natobar puts down his pen to pick up the lathe machine at his father's factory and calls it the graduation of an artist to the post of Vishwakarma, the architect of the world. He is still Not Out!
The comedy which emerges from the hero with his simple aspirations, surrounded by the dreamy laid-back world, turning into a icon of the corporate world, is very topical and contemporary. Characters are identifiable in the ordinary world around us and the comic element in the ordinary life is explored to the hilt. Any of us who has harboured any poetic or artistic ambition that were crushed by the demands of the practical world, can easily identify with Natobar.
At a deepar level this comedy also speaks of the last remnants of a world where art of dreams were sufficient to live on. The market forces now rule the world of art as well and everything can be bought and sold at a price. An enseble cas brings all this to life with amazing detailing.