Starring: Arjun Chakraborty, Biswajit Chakraborty, Kharaj Mukherjee, Amitra Chattopadhyay
Directed by Aniket Chattopadhyay
No one knew what to expect when Aniket Chattopadhyay’s debut flick, the slapstick Goray Gondogol, opened two years ago. Good comedy is rare in Bengali cinema today, other than the humour that intersperse serious scripts. GG turned out to be a rip-roaring, side-splitting sit-com. It is difficult to imagine how the same director can dish out the disastrous unravelling of reel that Janla Diey Bou Palalo (The Bride Escaped Through the Window) is. An unoriginal story—boy and girl meet after running away from home for different reasons (she fleeing from an arranged marriage; he wants to be a rockstar)—is made further unbearable with shoddy dialogues, redundant footage and a plethora of witless situations intended to be funny. This is a pity, because the director has an eye for satire, finding raw material in mundane everyday life—the cocky Calcutta eatery employee who takes customers’ orders in his inimitable robotic style, for instance, or the way long-distance bus operators entice passengers. The film has its fair share of such quirks. But this potential is grossly squandered. Individually, a few of the actors are able to inject their characters with some comic credibility, if not elicit laughs—Kanchan as the skinny cop who goofs up badly, Arjun with his deadpan expressions in the midst of the most ridiculous happenings and Biswajit Chakraborty’s self-importance as the bride’s Jathamoshai (father’s elder brother).