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Aay Khuku Aay

Aay Khuku Aay Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5

Aay Khuku Aay Movie Review : A film that ticks all the boxes of a contemporary family drama

Aay Khuku Aay ticks all the boxes of a pure family drama. From endearing familial relationships, strong friendship, humour relief and tense emotional outbursts to feigned love, harassment at the hands of political goons and unending troubled fate – the film is a sure tear-jerker. But what sets it apart is the binding of the story and the screenplay that considers every tiny aspect of establishing the scenes.
The story, set in contemporary times, is able to depict a world mostly unknown to the urban moviegoers. The everyday struggles of a modest-earning celebrity lookalike artiste and his family is brought alive on screen with important junctures showing the effects of lockdowns on them. The story of the father and daughter remains central to the film despite several character introductions. The writing is tight and even the supporting characters get enough scope to make an impact.
The drawback here is a few scenes which show Prosenjit Chatterjee, the actor (who plays himself), and Nirmal Mondal, the lookalike (Prosenjit again), sharing the same stage as the two meet at macha shows. But there is little logic in why the audience would watch a lookalike’s show when they will be seeing the actual actor next? However, in scenes where actor Prosenjit and lookalike Prosenjit share the screen, the actor manages to create a stark difference between the two with a little help of makeup and the right body language. Another scene where he destroys his home-grown garden is as well-written as depicted.
Prosenjit takes good advantage of the envious spread of acting opportunities he receives in this film. From playing a rising lookalike artiste and the Tollywood star that he is to depicting the struggles of a hapless father and enacting his own hit scenes on stage, he didn’t disappoint. And Ditipriya as Buri is a delight to watch. Her on-screen presence, innocent portrayal, and no inhibitions are sure to hold her in good stead for long. Rahul Dev Bose, who plays Sanjay in the film, adapts swiftly to his character transformation. He is pleasant in the first half and convincingly reveals his true colours in the next. But it’s Sohini Sengupta who takes the cake as the crass political leader, Putul Rani Bagchi. She looks like a terror to everyone around, talks like a cursing machine at play, and brings in the much-needed relief in the emotionally charged story. All this, without ever going over the top.
The film’s direction seems a tad easy because the writing is so vivid. And the writer-director has done a good job of switching from one role to another. There is some good camera work too. For instance, the funeral scene and the emotional outbursts between the father and daughter. Though makeup could have been better, costumes were mostly in sync. The humour in the film is simple, keeping in mind the characters they depict. Though family dramas thrive on good music, the script is such that the song sequences take the story forward and sometimes backwards, making space for necessary flashbacks in storytelling.
The film’s run time is not much, yet it appears slightly stretched during the climax scenes. For such tight storytelling throughout, the ending could have been less dramatic and more impactful as a social message. The film touches upon several contemporary issues from the perspective of rural Bengal’s people. From effects of lockdowns, viral MMS among youngsters, petty politics, teenage revolt against parents, and mobile phones as a make-or-break device, the film tries to touch all the right notes.

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