"Dui Prithibi" - that's the movie after "Le Chakka" that made Dev popular as a strong actor. And I would be delighted to say that Dev as well as Srabanti delivered splendid performances in SDH. Dev has fully and successfully regained his lover-boy avatar while Srabanti looks a charming girl.
To begin with, what irritates me is the usual consideration of item-song by some critics as part of the movie. To me, such a song only showcases the dancing skills of the lead actor and "Khokababu Jay Lal Juto Pay" has fortunately been able to create a stir. But one cannot, and should not judge the story based on it.
The content is not refreshingly new; in fact a back-dated plot. But what grips the audience is that there are many surprising and unexpected twists in the story. And talking of emotion, it brims with emotion!! It accurately represents the emotions of a father, a girl, a lover as they are brought into respective situations by the writer. The conflicting emotions that prevent one to take a decisive step have been well-portrayed.
Main plus points are Dev, Srabanti and Tapas Pal. Dev has been unifromly good throughout and in the second half particularly, he delivers acting skills which, in certain cases, are splendid. Look out for that last part where he attended Srabanti's wedding and the consequences - I simply loved him there. Srabanti has been known for her acting capabilities and she delivers restrained performances. Very good! And what should I say about Tapas Pal? His portrayal of a rough and tough angry father has been unique. Labony as Dev's mom is charming and her acting is superb, too. Kanchan Mallick is simply HILARIOUS! He is just too good!!
Action sequences are good, sufficient. Romance is splendid, again. As I said, this is a movie of emotions. Songs are nice: While the title track and "Hetechi Swapner" are romantic numbers, Khokababu is for the youngsters.
I think I need to elaborate my review on romance. That scene where Dev first meets Srabanti, on a dawn, in a forest, is just too beautiful. Romantic scenes within and finally the part of reunion have been well-directed and well-executed, kudos to Dev, Srabanti and Tapas Pal (for the last part).
But, the shouting and excessive over-acting by Dev's friends (in the movie) have at times been a pain. Dev is much restrained here, but his friends are not perhaps!
If you keep aside novelty and logic, SDH is a must-watch, particularly if you want to have a sip from a cup of emotions, added with a spoon of rare romance. Romance, as I said, has not been definite, but beautiful. It's not that Dev and Srabanti are always romancing. But those precious moments are really a treat.
Overall, Sedin Dekha Hoyechilo is nice and thrilling.