February 14, 2014 1:00:32 am
Direction: Rajesh Ganguly
Story, screenplay and dialogue: Rajesh Ganguly and Niraj Pandey
Music: Sanjoy Salil Choudhury
, Priyanka Sarkar, Shraddha Das and others
By Shoma A. Chatterji
Abhiroop (Abir Chatterjee), who works at the Food Corporation of India, is married to Aparna (Priyanka Sarkar) and they have a son, Sumit. Abhiroop is a timid man, almost terrified to raise his voice against any injustice, be it a bully forcing Sumit to stand behind in a queue, or be it a file that goes missing in the office, which he knows has been stolen by the office bully Devashish (Shantilal Mukherjee), or be it his friend and colleague Nandini (Shraddha Das) being molested in front of him by three goons at a metro station.
A time comes when his tenant, Pakrasi (Kharaj Mukherjee), who gambles and drinks, slaps him when he comes to collect the rent and he keeps quiet. The same day, his boss calls him to tell him that an important file in his custody has gone missing. The boss threatens to throw him out but he remains silent. He meets his old friend Anjan (Jeet) who is back from the US after ten years. Anjan, a bold one, pushes him to take action. Abhiroop becomes a different man. Along with Anjan, he walks back to his office with a stolen key, and wrecks everything around — the files, the desks, the computers, leaving the office in a mess. He returns home and beats up Pakrasi black and blue and Aparna is surprised when he hands her the rent from Pakrasi. He gets sarcastic with the police when they come to investigate the office affair. Anjan, says Abhiroop was always the ‘main royal Bengal tiger.’ But is he really, or is it Abhiroop who has learnt to fight back?
The Royal Bengal Tiger carries the slick signature of a Neeraj Pandey film – fast-paced action, dynamic movement across the cityscape, briefly fleshed out characterisation slowly building up to a thrilling climax. It is a psychological thriller –a suspense the script holds on to almost till the end and the actors help the director in sustaining the chills. Jeet as Anjan is a wonderful surprise in his atypical look, light step and ever-ready smile though his is not the author-backed role. His untapped energy and talent find ideal expression in Anjan.
Abir Chatterjee as Abhiroop takes up the challenge of playing the protagonist in a film that features Jeet in a parallel role. He does it with his elegant élan and confidence. He has a screen image distinctly his own that contributes to his rising USP in Bengali cinema. Priyanka as his wife, stripped of make-up and glamour, is equally good and so are the supporting actors – Kharaj, Shantilal, and others. Shraddha Das as Nandini appears stiff and self-conscious but will improve with experience.
Sanjoy Salil Choudhury’s background score fits into the changing moods of the film. The editing and the cinematography add to the slick and sophisticated quality the film prides in. In all it is a good film to watch.
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