Producers: Arun Jain and Uttam Todi
Director: Partha Ganguly
Music: Suvan Moitra
Cast: Joy Sengupta, Moubani Sorcar, Faiz Khan, Debdoot Ghosh, Riya Ganguly, Biswajit Chakraborty, Biswanath Basu and others
By Shoma A. Chatterji
There is this Bengali satellite channel on which a reality show directed by Ravi (Joydeep Sengupta), is increasingly falling in its TRP ratings. When you have watched the film, (if you have the patience to watch it till the end) you know why the TRP ratings are falling. With his job under the sword of Damocles, Ravi is ready to try any trick to raise the ratings because his boss, an autocratic lady is threatening to sack him. He sets off with his team to shoot something original and mysterious in the show— mainly dealing in dhaba food which, however, is shown only once in the entire film.
The crew is as bad as him. His anchor Meghla (Moubani) tries to put up as brave a performance as she can, but neither the script, the direction, the editing or the cinematography, not to forget the lyrics and the music, fails to save the show. They are lost in some forest and end up in a wooden, two-storied house owned by a magician who tries to use his magic on them. Why? No one seems to know. The team rescues a teenage girl, Lima who flees from the clutches of a trafficker who uses a bunch of young boys to wield guns and kill people. Like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, one by one, the members of the team begin to disappear and the rest are not overly bothered about finding what happened to them after a point of time.
In the end, it turns out to be an April Fool trick devised by the lady boss to raise the TRPs of the show.
Faiz Khan is a police officer with shoulder-length hair who also strums a guitar and sings songs. He is terrible but so are the rest. The sound recordist, a cocaine smoker named Tani (Riya Ganguly) keeps smoking her sticks and wears micro-minis and also sleeps around with the men in the crew. She mouths terrible profanities and no one knows why she carries a gigantic attitude, but she has the makings of a good actress. The film shows young boys being sexually abused by the woman trafficker (Debdoot Ghosh). Although, the film was given an A certificate, considering the content and the manner in which the story is told, the film should have been rejected by the Censor Board in the first instance. At least, the audience would have been saved from watching a bad film.