Tenyda

Director-actor Chinmoy Roy insists that Tenyda is a remake of Char Murti,which was directed by Umanath Gangopadhyay 32

Written by Shoma A. Chatterji | Published: January 6, 2012 6:25 pm

Poor adaptation

Script & Direction: Chinmoy Roy

Story: Narayan Gangopadhyay

Cast: Subhasish Mukherjee,Mainak,Gaurav,Ritam,Tapas Chakroborty,Bibhu Bhattacharya,Gora Chowdhury,Barnali Biswas,Chinmoy Roy,Jui Bandhopadhyay,Pranab Nandy

Director-actor Chinmoy Roy insists that Tenyda is a remake of Char Murti,which was directed by Umanath Gangopadhyay 32 years ago. However,this is not evident when you watch the movie. Apart from the names of the four young men — Pyalaram,Kyabla,Habul and their leader Tenyda,the only resemblance with the original is that Tenyda is shown as a glutton. The other three have their own idiosyncrasies. Kyabla has a weak stomach and is forced to stick to a diet of fish curry and over-boiled rice. Habul speaks with a strong East Bengali accent while Pyalaram,who is very good at studies,does not dare pursue it further for fear of being thrown out of the group.

Subhashish Mukherjee is one of the most versatile and talented actors. He is the perfect choice for Tenyda but the script fails him miserably though he tries to put in his best. What destroys the film is that the story does not focus only on one issue but several. The director tries to focus on several issues like conservation of forests,an evil businessman who wants to smuggle trees and a group of terrorists who are trying to smuggle arms. To make matters worse,when Tenyda is carried away by a rogue elephant into the jungles,the director resorts to animation. By the time he meets the queen of the Adivasi tribe,who speaks in English and has her face painted in diverse colours,you are completely switched off and are just waiting to leave the theatre.

Ratings: Two stars for the music and for Subhasish Mukherjee,Mainak,Gaurav and Ritam who try to salvage the film through their performances.

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