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X=Prem Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

X=Prem Movie Review : A romantic drama with a new approach

The film revolves around a much-in-love couple — Khilaat (Anindya Sengupta), a software engineer, and Joyee (Shruti Das) — who find themselves in a weird situation after a car accident erases Khilaat’s memory of the past 10 years. After he regains consciousness, Khilaat feels uncomfortable as he can’t remember how and when he fell in love with Joyee.
Joyee tries her best to bring his memory back by recounting stories of their college life, their first meeting and so on. But much to her disappointment, nothing works. Caught in some sort of an emotional crisis, the desperate couple seeks help from a doctor, who apparently can transplant memories. And so begins the hunt to find the memory of love…
Though the first half of the film drags a bit, with almost every scene in flashback (and too many repeats), the second half kind of makes up for it with the entry of two new characters — Arnab (Arjun Chakraborty) and his wife Aditi (Madhurima Basak). Could one of them be the ex?
One can easily make out that the film draws heavily from the director’s experiences of college days. From canteen adda sessions, escapades to falling in love, there’s everything that’ll take you down memory lane.
Music plays an important role in the film. The album has six tracks composed by debutant composer Saptak Das. The last track, Raikishori, penned by the director himself, is quite catchy. Another song, Bhalobashar Morshum, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, is also melodious.
Technology has a significant part to play in this movie. Interestingly, the entire film is shot in monochrome, which adds a new dimension to this ‘futuristic’ love story. Remember the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? Enough hints given. It is for the audience to unravel the rest.
Performance wise, Arjun is a natural while Madhurima shows sparks in a few scenes. The two new actors, Anindya and Shruti, hold their own.
Though Srijit uses a thriller-like technique to build the climax, the predictable ending spoils the fun. X=Prem has a complicated storyline. And given the kind of subject the director has chosen, it is difficult to say if the film would appeal to everyone.
You can, however, give it a shot just for the director’s stylish attempt at a different kind of telling.

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