More than four decades ago a film named “JIBAN KAHINI” based on a story by Shaktipada Rajguru was a smashing hit. The main protagonists of that film were Bikash Roy, Anup Kumar and Sandhya Roy. The director of that film was Rajen Tarafdar.
The interesting thing about the film was that it was a genre of black comedy. It acted as the mirror of the middle class of the prevalent society. Recently released “PARTNER” is a remake of that film. The director is Shankar Roy. But the saddest part of this remade film is that PARTNER has deliberately erased the black-comedy structure of the old film and has turned out the film to be a pop-corn rom-com.
Santu Mukhopadhyay, Jeet and Swastika are in the same role what was enacted earlier by Bikash Roy, Anup Kumar and Sandhya Roy respectively. With all due respects to them the new cast has failed to impress me. The reasons are probably known to all.
An aged poverty stricken insurance agent while being hounded regularly by policy holders for cheating them one day found a young man, who was about to commit suicide for poverty. The insurance agent comes to an agreement with a young man. As the young man was ready to commit suicide, why not rescue the old agent before dying by signing a big policy, whose nominee would be the agent himself and for that three months time was needed according to the contract and during that period the young man would stay in the agent’s house. The agent had an unmarried daughter. On the day of the suicide the old man found that the young man, who was ready to die earlier, was not interested to die any more as he has fallen in love with the agent’s daughter.
“PARTNER” has made the young man, a son of a rich businessman and the reason of his trying to commit suicide is that, he has been ditched by his girlfriend. This back ground of the character has made the film unbelievable. Apart from this, the screenplay writer has added lot of silly loud comedy. The reason might be to lure general audience, i.e, “Aam Janata”. The charge of this loud comedy has been taken care of the artists like Dipankar Dey (young man’s father), Anamika Saha (young man’s mother), Kharaj Mukherjee (young man’s uncle) and Kanchan Mallick (young man’s household helping hand). The dialogue of these characters has often touched the area of obscenity but the censor authority has passed, so who cares? Somebody should care also, because the story is written by one of the major writers of Bengali Literature. A petty screenplay writer and director of Bengali film industry have no right to defame a literary work of such calibre. “Right to change the story for the sake of film making” does not mean you have right to add on obscenity at your will.