The maker of Balika Bodhu,Tarun Majumdar,made this sweetest film ever in Bengali cinema.The story is based on teenage love. A simple love life of the newlywed with the blend of the pre-Independence political backdrop is excellently portrayed.
On one hand you have the caricature of a typical Babu, who’s hell-bent on getting the ‘Raibahadur’ title from the British rulers played excellently by non other than Utpal Dutt, and on the other hand you have Biswajit, a Swadeshi who’s out to teach the British rulers a
lesson. But still the main focus remains on Ayan, a notorious boy. To curb him, his parents get him married to Utpal Dutt’s daughter, Mohua. But he creates havoc in his in-laws’ house as well. The brilliant interplay between the two, their becoming friends, missing each other, understanding responsibilities towards each other all make for a charming love story.
In the subtle backdrop of the Indian freedom movement, it is the story of the transformation of a young boy's innocent but naughty childhood to an appreciation of the Swadeshi movement and the growth of adolescent love for a girl even younger than him. The comedy is exceedingly natural and free-flowing. It includes a number of beautifully rendered traditional Bengali songs and is punctuated by a series of stand-offs faced by the young boy, mostly with unfavourable
results for the opposing party. At heart, it is a beautiful pre-pubescent/adoloscent love story.
And at the end of it all, it’s pure fun - a movie for all ages.
My rating is five on five.