LE HALUA LE (2012) Bengali Film Review: Mithun, Payel, Soham, Hiraan
Raja Chanda clears all doubts about the ‘originality’ of the storyline of Le Halua Le in by naming the Malayalam original Poochakkoru Mookkuthi when the credits roll. The film was also remade in Hindi as Hungama (2003) where Paresh Rawal portrayed the character Mithun Chakraborty does in Le Halua Le. Shree Venkatesh Films has wizened up to the need for buying the copyright before embarking on a Bengali remake.
Review: LE HALUA LE – THE OLDIES STEAL THE SHOW
Shoma A. Chatterji Banner: Shree Venkatesh Films and Surinder Films Direction, Story and Lyrics: Raja Chanda Screenplay and dialogue: N.K. Salil Music: Jeet Gannguli Editing: Rabi Ranjan Maitra Cinematography: Kumud Verma Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Laboni Sarkar, Rajatava Dutta, Kharaj Mukherjee, Kanchan Mullick, Soham, Hiraan, Payal Sarkar, Locket Chatterjee and others Date of release: April 13, 2012 Rating: 6/10
Adaptations from one language to another are no problem when comedy is the genre. The character artists steal the show from under the noses of the three youngsters unwittingly caught in a love triangle. The story is one of mistaken identities resulting from mistaken names and characters. Harshabardhan Banerjee (Mithun Chakraborty), a multimillionaire, has a wife named Sonali (Laboni Sarkar) which is also the name of the young girl the two boys Shubho (Hiraan) and Rahul (Soham) are smitten by. The younger Sonali, unaware of this, pretends to Rahul, her boss, that she is the daughter of Harshabardhan and drops off outside his gate. The older Sonali suspects her husband is having an affair with the pretty young dame. She wants to modernize herself and tries to make her husband jealous by dancing around with Rahul (Soham). Several sub-themes run into each other mounting up on the comic drama. One is Langcha (Kanchan Mullick) who loves Sonali but gets beaten up by everyone he comes across. So, in a fit of anger, he actually puts on the mad act and begins to bite people till they run for their lives. Shubho and Sonali pretend to be husband and wife and live as tenants in the house of a stingy man (Kharaj Mukerjee) whose high-libido, pretty wife (Locket Chatterjee) chases men like mad. MLA Sonada (Rajatava Dutta) is a mafia don who threatens to kill Harshabardhan because he is made to believe that his daughter wants to marry Harshabardhan’s son studying inEngland.
The sub-plots are so funny and so dynamic that the action takes your breath away and sends your funny bone on overdrive. It also takes the focus away from the three youngsters who are neither here nor there. Shubham who ran away from his rich parents to seek a career in music is never seen trying to chase auditions. The song-dance routine between Laboni and Soham and also between Mithun and Payal are much more appealing than the song-dance numbers of the youngsters. Jeet Gannguli’s song tracks fit into the film’s ambience but will not have a long shelf life. Payal Sarkar desperately needs some fast-track dancing lessons to improve her lot in the film scenario.
Kumud Verma’s cinematography does not demand challenging innovations though Rabi Ranjan Maitra had to edit the long-winded climax with the entire cast with a lot of imagination to hold the drama in control. The best part lies in the acting by every single character actor with the prize going to Mithun Chakraborty, Kanchan Mullick, Rajatabho Dutta and Kharaj Mukherjee. It is a pleasant surprise to see Laboni Sarkar not being reduced to a large glycerine machine for a change. What the talented Shantilal Mukherjee is doing in an itsy bitsy role is a mystery.
Going by the audience response, Le Halua Le will definitely hit the top of the charts for its totally unpretentious and brazen target of undiluted entertainment through straight comedy where grey matter is never challenged and everything is expected to be taken at face value.