In 2008 Bangla Cinema ends with release of Swapan Saha’s “Rajkumar” this Friday, 25th December. Where as the Hindi cinema ends with “Ghajini”. What a contrast!!!
“Rajkumar” is the most boring cinema released this year, probably taken from rubbish south films. I said “probably” because, in “Rajkumar”, Prosenjit’s make up, costume, characterization- all goes at par with ‘C’ graded south films.
Prosenjit’s haircut is typical non-Bengali, Prosenjit’s ‘dhoti & kurta’ costume is typically southern. His distorted voice modulation definitely taken from Amitabh Bachchan’s “Agnipath”, his acting is as loud as Rajnikant – where is the Bengaliness?
I will be in deep trouble in narrating the story of “Rajkumar”, as the main protagonist remains child almost till half of the film. Rather the story deals primarily with his mother Mamata (Laboni Sarkar) and her second husband SuryaKanta Roy (Bodhisatwa Majumdar).
The story of Mamata and Suryakanta Roy along with his manager Bhuban Babu is so long and it stretches up to the death of Suryakanta Roy.
Suryakanta Roy lost his first wife when his son Rudra was a child. To bring his son he married Mamata, and this marriage was arranged by Bhuban Babu. But Mamata was a widow with a son Rajkumar and she suppressed this fact to the rich man Suryakanta Roy because Bhuban Babu requested her to do so. But Rudra could not accept Mamata as her mother. Even grown up Rudra (Abhishek Chatterjee) becomes villain only because of this.
When everybody thinks the ultimate fight will be between Rudra and Rajkumar, then Mamata gives birth to her daughter. That is not the end. Because Suryakanta has come to know that only due to bring up his son Rajkumar, Mamata has agreed to marry him. So, Suryakanta started to keep an eye on Rajkumar secretly. And in the meantime his son Rudra and daughter are grown up. Her daughter is married to the professor Prasun. Prasun is actually not a good man, he joins hand with Kaushik Banerjee, who is also bad. They want to misguide Rudra. Rudra was already with Kaushik to restrict Mamata getting any share of his father’s property.
No, I can’t tell you the story like this, because after this point the story goes on and on and on until there appears grown up Rajkumar on the scene as the savior.
Rajkumar was brought up by a milkman in the meantime who has many cowsheds in and around the city. By the time Rajkumar takes the charge of the business, the number of cowsheds has reached five hundred in and round the country, and he is planning to established a cowshed in Dubai even, what an imagination!!!
There is also a money-lender villain Tamal Mukherjee, who has given a loan of two crores fifty lakhs to Kaushik and Abhishek to build a hospital just to oppose Suryakanta’s try build a hospital in the name of Mamata.
Anyway, to cut the long story very short at the end Rajkumar saves his sister and mother, brother, sister and brother-in-law from the hands of Tamal and Kaushik and peace prevails. Mamata then requests her elder son Rajkumar to marry Bhuban Babu’s daughter, who till the end appears only in dream sequences where she sings and dances with Rajkumar. And by the by she is a student of Engineering where Prasun is the teacher. This is too much a story.
Rajkumar is even worse than the worst film ever produced in Bengali.