A crowded fare


Dutta Vs Dutt (Bangla)

Banner: Orion Entertainment

Writer - director: Anjan Dutt

Music: Neel Dutt

DOP: Riingo

Cast: Anjan Dutt, Dipankar De, Biswajit Chakraborty, Roopa Ganguly, Rita Koiral, Arpita Chatterjee, Shankar Chakraborty, Srijit Mukherjee, Manasi Sinha, Koushik Sen, Subhashish Mukherjee and Ronodeep Bose


Plot: Part autobiography and part fiction of Anjan Dutt

Verdict: Good

Box Office Prospects: Good

When a period film is being made, film-makers should do a complete research on the subject in order to capture the correct ambience prevalent at that time. Had this been the case, the director would have discovered that Kolkata in the seventies were far from being cool. Bengali feudal families in decay used lesser Binglish (Bengali and English) than the film shows. Anjan Dutt with his immense knowledge about music of all genres is a capable director no doubt, but he is not effective when he mixes fiction with autobiography.

Rono (Ronodeep Bose) is 'gracefully' kicked out of his boarding school in Darjeeling because his father is unable to pay his tuition fees. He hates Kolkata and all that his family stands for. His biggest grouse is against his father Biren (Anjan Dutt), a lawyer who wants his son to become a barrister which he could not become. The son however has plans to become an actor. Biren is a bombastic, tall-talking snob who drinks with his cronies every evening and proclaims, "My home is my temple and my children are my God", but his actions put his family into dire straits.

His wife (Rita Koiral) and his beautiful daughter Cheena (Arpita Chatterjee) co-habit with his drinking companion (Shankar Chakraborty) who practically lives off the family. He is fighting a nasty court case with his older brother (Biswajit Chakraborty) over the ancestral house. His youngest brother (Subhashish Mukherjee) is insane and the kitchen is run by the resident kabuliwallah waiting to grab the real estate. Every evening, Dutt dunks himself with perfume, jumps onto his red jalopy and goes for his daily rendezvous with Rumi (Rupa Ganguly) a distant cousin of his alcoholic wife. Some family!

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