Raj Mukherjee’s Nagordola made in 2005 has been one of his finest films till date. After that he has directed mostly commercial films which have not been up to the mark either commerfcially or by way of content and it seems that the director has lost his way.
Like Nagordola , which dealt with the mother-daughter relationship, ‘Roopey Tomay Bholabo Na’ also deals with the same topic , but in a different way. Just when we had thought that the director was rediscovering himself, we have been proved wrong.
The film is about the strained relationship between Kaberi Mukherjee and her daughter Ritu. Kaberi is a renowned actress and very beautiful, as a result of which the daughter suffers from an inferiority complex and comparisons by outsiders have somehow made things worse. She simply hates her mother and loves her father. She is also a loner who spends her time smoking and drinking and reading thrillers on the net. A guy called Sunny comes in to her life , but Sunny, an aspiring actor cum dancer cum cum singer(yup,a complete package!) is helped by Kaberi to get a launch pad which Ritu is completely against and she blames her mother for ruining this momentarily happiness in the form of Sunny who had come in to her life so she takes a drastic step to end her life. However late realization brings the mother and daughter together and the mother even gives up her acting career.
The film is not a patch on Nagordola because though the basic theme about mother-daughter relationsship is similar, that is about it. The former was an art film while this is a complete commercial film. Kaberi’s character and Indrajit’s character have been enacted well by Swastika and Kaushik Sen, but Shaan and newcomer Ananya are the weak links in the film. Also typical song and dance routines are bound to change the film. Ananya seems out of place and goes over the top in quite few scenes. There is one particular scene where Ananya tries to ‘give herself’ to Sunny though he tries to reject her advances and we see strange things happening to Sunny’s poster which is on the wall. Just waht was that? Why did the mother or specially the father allow the daughter to lead a such a wayward life till her adulthood? Why weren’t steps taken to create any misunderstandings or any other differences which might have come up? Ananya isn’t too impressive at all and it will be difficult for Shaan to carry a film on his shoulders alone. Then you also have the driver of the house who jumps to conclusions just like the daughter to make things worse. One hears that currently Ananya has gone to Hollywood to try her luck there. MY! MY!
Sometimes if the film is bad , competent performances from some members of the cast can’t help to save a film if the choice of the other actors or actresses goes wrong.