Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5
Baba Baby O Movie Review : A love story that celebrates fatherhood
Directed by Aritra Mukherjee, the film deals with the complex subject of surrogacy without getting too preachy. But that’s only a small part of the film. At the end of the day, Baba, Baby O… is the story of a man who first becomes a father and then meets the ‘O’ or the other important person in his life.
The film sees Jisshu U Sengupta as Megh Roddur, an engineer and a father to twins, and debutante Solanki Roy aka Brishti, who is the owner of a kids’ toy shop. After winning support from his parents, a 40-something bachelor Megh decides to have babies through surrogacy. But life takes a U-turn after he meets Brishti at a toy shop. When it comes to kids, Megh and Brishti are poles apart. While Megh adores children, Brishti hates them.
Performance wise, Jisshu is natural as usual and delivers his part convincingly. Solanki is sweet, but how we wish she added a little more spunk to her character. The duo’s chemistry in the film is definitely not one of its talking points. Instead, peripheral characters such as Bidipta Chakraborty as Brishti’s mother, Reshmi Sen and Rajat Ganguly as Megh’s parents Ramen and Molina Chattopadhyay and Mainak Banerjee as Megh’s best friend, Raja, genuinely manage to touch the audiences’ hearts. The screen comes alive with Rajat and Mainak’s comic timing. The scenes, where Ramen imagines Raja entering the house as Megh’s life partner or when Raja seeks inspiration from ’90s Bollywood movies and tries to assess the future of Megh and Brishti’s love story with, “Palat, palat…” is enjoyable. Gourab Chatterjee does justice to his role as Shouvik, Brishti’s fiancé. Even the babies in the film look adorable.
The music of the film by Chamok Hasan is worth a mention. The song, Ei mayabi chander raate, is not only catchy, but captures the emotional state of the protagonist quite well. As for the drawbacks, the film’s pace and the somewhat predictable storyline let us down a bit. The film drags at times and leaves scope for better editing. The dialogues lack punch.
No doubt surrogacy, as a subject, is topical. Not many are still aware of the nuances, also the way society looks at it. But its treatment seems to be a bit lack-lustre. We expected much more from the director who made his debut with an entertainer like Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti.
However, those looking for an opportunity to catch a film in a theatre after a long time can give it a shot.