Sunday 25 September 2016

Jodi Love Diley Na Praney

A compelling story bro­ught to life by good acting. And generous doses of humour.

Starring: Abir Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty
Directed by Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy

When a director and his young, handsome assistant with pretensions about being ‘offbeat’ filmmakers are told by a producer that he wants a film about ‘love’, they squirm. But they have no choice. In their sea­rch for the right story, however, they find some of the most remarkable love stories lurking just beneath the ordinariness of their own lives. They zero in on the tragic tale of the neighbourhood lovebirds who are fated to marry other people and lead sepa-rate, lonely lives (The title, in English, is ‘If the heart is devoid of love’).

On the face of it, the plot is not an extraordinarily unusual one for the romance genre, esp­ecially in Bengali cinema. But it is in the way that they treat this age-old love theme that the joint directors are able to introduce a newness. Though the story revo­lves around the two lovers, they are mere characters in the stories (and film scripts) of other cha­racters in the film. The strength of the film is a compelling story bro­ught to life by good acting. And generous doses of humour. But ultimately, it’s a sim­ple story about love. First love. Lost love. Unr­equi­ted love. Unco­n­ditional love. The joy of love. The pain of love. Different faces, and pha­ses, of the same love.

Sunny Gavaskar Youngistaan
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