Riingo who wears many hats himself when he makes films makes very stylized films regarding which we have no doubt. His current film ‘System’ which according to him is the first ever Bengali film based on the underworld is based on the human side of hitmen who live life on the edge. The dark underbelly of the city is slowly unraveled through various layers of the ‘system which consists of various layers right from the top to the lowest rung as everyone is involved and the cops who are undercover agents are very much a part of them.
According to the director, he had done a lot of research while undertaking this project by speaking to under trials lodged in Presidency Jail who have been part of the underworld as well as spoken to undercover cops who tread on both sides of the law and befriend the gangsters to know their modus operandi.He had also spoken to a few crime reporters who are referred to as ‘J Deys’ because of the through knowledge of the system and how it works.
Riingo in fact has given certain nicknames to every tier of the ‘system’ to give them prominence. If the reporters are’ J.Deys’, then the hitmen are ‘Cheetahs’ one of whom Indranil potrays .The film is very different from any other film and can definitely be called the first film based on the ‘underworld’ .The film is very slick and the lead character Indraneil who plays Ekvalya-the ultimate hitman who is calculative, ruthless, menacing (in approach) and has a body to die for. His body language and mannerisms are just right for the role and he is extremely good in his first ‘commercial’ film.
The film is pacy and it at times things happen so fast and in a manner that you are confused regarding the characters and the flow of events specially during the action sequences.Ekalavya even gets to romance a girl Rani, a bar dancer (who loses her eyesight in a shootout due to him and even sees the world again with her beloved‘s eyes after he dies in a shootout!).Suvraa as Rani is the weak link as she is terribly miscast as Rani and she continues to be expressionless even in this film! In one scene, when Ekalavya tries to hand her walking stick to her, she is hysterical and pathetic in that scene.Indrajeet as Rudra is quite good and forms an unusual friendship with Ekalavya till the end.Sabyasachi as Dilawar and Rajesh Sharma as Siddhant play their part well(they are undercover cops, Dilawar follows some principles while Siddhant is ruthless). The frames exist in sepia and black and white as well along with colour.The music of this film is quite good including the background score. In fact towards the end, you find a combo of techno-trance stuff which is played towards the very end during the last encounter.’Ferari Mon’- by Jeet Gannguli and ‘Alokborsho Dure’ by Jeet Gannguli and Monali Thakur deserve a special mention along with the visuals which have been shot in Thailand.Jeet even appears as himself in the ‘Alokborsho Dure’ number.
This is Riingo’s interpretation of the underworld as the operating system of the underworld in every city is different and this is what he wanted to present a picture of in front of us-the way the ‘system’ works in this part of the city. He is hoping to make a sequel or even a trilogy out of this and we are going forward to seeing those films in anticipation. This film is very unlike Tollywood and something which we have not seen before.
One of the most catchy things about this film-the poster. It is straight out of a Bollywood film like Cash/Race from Bollywood or any Hollywood action film and is very appealing and ‘international’ in it’s look. Great going for Tollywood, Brand Value Communications (the producers) and Riingo.The film is just like him!