Rahul-Priyanka in Bor Bou KhelaIt was in the year 1935 that “Manmoyee girls’ school” directed by Jyotish Bandopaddhay was released in Kolkata. Kanan Debi, Jahar Ganguly and many other eminent actors of that time were in the cast of this film. This film went to floors again in 1958. The remake of the 1935 film in 1958 by director Hemchandra Chandra had the Bengali matinee idol Uttamkumar and Arundhati Devi in the lead roles. Talented comedians like Jahar Roy, Bhanu Bandopadhay, Dhiraj Bhattacharya and Tulsi Lahiri made this 2nd outing of the film a memorable piece of comedy.
Now again after a gap of almost 5 decades the film franchise marks its return in 2010,this time Jagannath Guha is in the directors seat. In what being dubbed as a valiant effort, the director has cast rather newcomers to do justice to the lead roles played by the likes of Uttamkumar. Its not only the lead roles that are new, the film has also got a new name – “Bor Bou Khela”. Newcomers, real life couple Rahul and Priyanka heads the cast of this film. Rahul is a Hindu boy and Priyanka a Christian. They forge their identities and bag a job, which required a married couple for the post. Accordingly what happens builds up the story. The response to the film is far from encouraging. A classic example of a good screenplay let short by other general setbacks like cheeky dialogues totally out of place in modern world. The director’s effort is visible though falls short to save the film. Rana Dagupta’s camera is often fluid and poetic and Rahul almost pulls it off but Kanchan Mullick’s comedy comes as the only saving grace of the film. The film also has been tweaked at a few places to suit modern mindset but the hangover of the dialogues from the earlier remakes almost ruins the film. The film fails to carry itself with time and almost becomes a tacky discordant piece.
– Article: Sujit Sengupta, English version by Kush
New Bengali Film News (Sep, 2010)