Tollywood gives us three kinds of cinema.
Buddhadeb Dasgupta and others in every alternative year gives us the first kind. Anjan Dutt and others started giving us the second kind twice a year. Swapan Saha and others give us the third kind in every week. I don’t know how many films Swapan Saha has made till date, but in TAKKAR also Swapan Saha remains the same in his story telling style as the first film – “It tastes different.”
The story is the same for every director, but Swapan excels in his story telling. Here also N. K Salil has given Swapan Saha a trashy story, and Swapan Saha has turned this trash to a “Hatke” – film, when the spectator emotes in every alternative scene even in the night show. “TAKKAR” is the first Bengali film produced by Zee Entertainment. They have chosen the right person for the debut venture, no doubt. “TAKKAR” is the story of Ajoy (Prosenjit), Chaitali (Rachana). Chaitali is the daughter of rich “Choudhury Paribar” and Ajoy is a small time contractor. The story is in set in the Dooars in the North Bengal. Ajoy and Chaitali love each other. They sing on the dry river bed of Dooars, mountain in the background, but Chaitali’s brother and aunt opposes vehemently Chaitali’s decision to marry Ajoy. The same old rich versus poor conflict.
Prosenjit as Ajoy has two looks and two personalities. The first one is that of a lover boy but dutiful. And the second one is ten years later as a big businessman and waiting for his wife to return who left his home just for a slap from her husband. Ajoy still loves his wife. Though Chaitali didn’t marry again, she started staying in her own house with her brother and aunt. The second Prosenjit is the real Prosenit who steals the show. Actually after 10 minutes , 10 years in the real time, the film becomes a one-man show. Even there is a new comer Rishi who enacted the role of Arun, the only nephew of Ajoy and Sudip Mukherjee as Chitali’s bother, Diganta Bagchi and the bad guy.
The unfortunate thing for the film is that there is no complementary role with Prosenjit in either charisma or screen presence in the opposite camp. Sudip Mukherjee, Diganta Bagchi and Aprita Baker are no match for him. He is in now at such a stage of his career, that he has to perform his acting “TAKKAR” with better actors, than who are present in this film. He should now take initiative to intervene in the screenplay to give space for such character.
There is a young couple in this film. Arun and Tithi are that couple. Tithi is the daughter of Chaitali’s brother. The film ends with their marriage. Just before that there are lots of action. The victims are Diganta Bagchi and Bhashwar Chatterjee. Diganta died because he wanted Chaitali, Diganta died also because he was the villain in the film. But Bhashwar was a good guy, unfortunately he had to loose his right hand to save Sudip Mukherjee from the hit of the chopper of Arun. But who is Ranjan (Bhashwar) it remains unclear to me.
N. K Salil tried to twist the tail. After returning from jail for killing Diganta, Arun declared that he won’t marry Tithi for the sake of union of two families. Rather, he persuaded Tithi to marry Ranjan. So even without a hand Ranjan was present in the last frame of the film also. Poor Bhashwar!!
An advice for N.K Salil: If you want to twist the tail, the tail should be strong enough to accept the twist. As a new entrant in Bengali film Rishi is good. But he should learn Bengali first. His dictions are very very poor.