Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5
Abar Bochhor Koori Pore Movie Review
The film is about a reunion of school friends, who are now lost in their own turmoil and monotony of their adulthood. What happens when they suddenly decide to revisit their golden days after 20 long years of separation from each other?
There are four main characters, essayed by Abir Chatterjee, Arpita Chatterjee, Tnusree Chakraborty and Rudranil Ghosh. The film sees Arun (Abir Chatterjee) as someone who has worked from scratch to be successful, but feels lonely at the top of the corporate ladder. Bonnie (Arpita Chatterjee), a dentist, is busy with her own life. Nila (Tnusree Chakroborty), despite being a busy homemaker with her family and household chores, feels helpless and trapped at times. Dutta (Rudranil Ghosh) is the only one living in Kolkata and is forever planning for a long-pending reunion.
Nostalgia and reliving childhood memories with friends lay the foundation of debutant director Srimanta Senguptta’s film, Abar Bochhor Koori Pore. The introductory scene sets the tempo right by capturing old photographs, piggy banks with 20-paise coins, camera rolls and so on.
There are a few pluses about the film like it has its share of flaws. One of the best things is the way it oscillates between the past and the present, blending seamlessly to the plot. It is also one of those films that many of us can relate to and that has only been made possible by its four primary characters.
Performance wise, Abir, as Arun, does a good job as usual. Arun’s interaction with his father in the second half of the film is quite touching. Arpita looks pretty and manages to work on the silences well. Tnusree essays her role with equal candour. Rudranil doesn’t just get into the skin of his character brilliantly, but also adds a new dimension to it with his comedy and dialogue delivery. A special mention must be made about the actors, who played their younger versions to the tee.
As for the flaws, the film stretches way too long and has enough scope for editing. The inconsistency between shots — where we first see Bonnie in pain and having difficulty to move, and almost jumping and running in the next — comes as a bit of a jolt. The songs too are just about okay with hardly any recall value.
Watch out for the little surprise in the end. Overall, this film can be a one-time watch considering the director’s hard work and subject of the narrative.