This is the first dubbed film released in 2009,PREMI NO:1 is dubbed from Oriya in to Bangali. Director Debu Patnaik tride to make a rom-com in the Devid Dhawan style. But ultimately the film comes as 10% in making and 90% in titling the film Dhawan style. Debu thought making a film of no.1 genre in very easily, but in fact he realized ultimately difficult job.
Priti (Koel Mallick) and Rohit (Anubhab) are two college buddies. Priti fell in love with Rohit, but Rohit refused –only God knows why. But ultimately when Rohit decides to love Priti and to become the ultimate lover (Premi No.1). But the only obstacle is Priti’s elder brother Ranjit (Rahul Dev) who is also a local goon whose sidekicks still fights with hockey sticks and swords even in 2009, though the move in the fastest Sumo cars.
Koel is always good in a young bubbly and chirpy character. She is also good in comedy. But Debu’s screenplay has a minimum space for Koel as an actor. Debu utilized her as a beautiful prop in the entire film. Rather he has used more Anubhab’s machoism. And that’s why Premi No.1 has become more action comedy than a romantic comedy. Anubhab is a good looking actor who has a lovely physique – but this is not enough to be a good actor.
But the surprise package of the film is Rahul Dev. He as a villain has achieved a certain level. In the film Ranjit, the good, as a family man who has wife, daughter and grandmother. He also loves his sister Priti. His menacing look is the key factor of his acting. In the entire film he is never loud like other filmy villains. Only because of him the film is watchable to be a certain extent.
Ultimately Rohit defeated Ranjit in a hand to hand fight to win his love Priti.
The comedy is entrusted over in certain situations to Rohit’s father, brothers and Ranjit’s grannie. All of them are Oriya actors and they have done what was expected from them.
The songs are very loud, not a single one is catchy. The screenplay and dialogue are very poor and without any surprise, rather predictable . Directorial work doesn’t demand any discussion. The tricky camera shots and fast editing are cliché these days.