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The Eken

The Eken Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 4.0 / 5

The Eken Movie Review

You will laugh with him, but he won’t, for once, let you laugh at him. That’s the charm of the Bengali detective Ekendra Sen aka Eken Babu (Anirban Chakrabarti), who has already won hearts through his OTT series. Originally created by Sujan Dasgupta, this hitherto obscure detective embodies every known Bengali trope. He’s a foodie, possesses an irrational fear of cold weather, loves to talk and is clumsy, yet smart when he needs to be. The film has given the character a makeover and it’s a delightful watch.

The film gives you ample reason to laugh —not in an over-the-top, forced way, but with its smart dialogues and great acting. Its sharp and witty humour reminds us of Bhooter Bhobishyot. The film revolves around Eken Babu and every time he comes on screen, he gives you reasons to laugh. It seems like a perfect duet presented by the actor and the script writer. Anirban reflects simplicity effortlessly. His comic timing makes him a delightful watch. Among the smart, tall, sharp and handsome Bong detectives, Eken Babu is a pleasant aberration — a clumsy, Bengali man next-door. This is an onscreen deviation from the book, which describes Eken Babu a bit differently.

Director Joydeep Mukherjee has replaced the actors who play Eken’s friends Bapi and Pramatha in the OTT series with two new actors — Suhotra Mukhopadhyay and Somak Ghosh. While Suhatra is becoming a seasoned satellite of obscure detectives in the small and big screens, Somak makes a fantastic debut. Paayel Sarkar has limited screen presence as actress Bipasha Mitra and does a good job of it. After his impressive performance in Mandar, Debasish Mondal delivers a very convincing performance in the film.

What’s more, the film ditches the convenience of close-up indoor shots and plays with the beautiful landscape of Darjeeling. Using pine forests, serpentine roadways, thrilling chase sequences and serene mountains, DoP Ramyadip Saha explores every corner of the picturesque location and uses it well, so much so that Darjeeling also becomes a character in the film.

On the downside, the film’s plot is pretty weak, making the story quite predictable.
But when it comes to Eken Babu, you watch his films for the simplicity of the characters, his idiosyncrasies and Anirban’s acting. So yes, The Eken is definitely worth a watch, or maybe two.

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