By Amina Khatoon
The film Half Serious has already ran into a controversy as makers of another film have moved court saying that this film is a copy of their script. Looks more like a promotional stunt because in spite of the alleged stay order on the release, the film has already been released. There had been films that highlighted social issues of domestic violence, female foeticide and women empowerment but this one has an unconventional take on these.
What's it about
Filmmaker Aniruddha (Silajit) is a wannabe, aspiring to make it big in film industry. To meet the producer’s demand he tries to pen a sellable idea and ends up writing a script the film is about. A family, the Dutta family of north Kolkata to be precise, is used to ill-treating the female members of the family. With so many problems in a family one would need divine intervention for a solution. And that is exactly what happens. The Hindu gods and goddesses come together to end this menace but the way out had every potential to backfire. What happens after that? Let's not spoil it. Rather let's talk about a sub plot. Arka (Shaheb Bhattacharya), an eligible bachelor of the Dutta family is in love with Tuli (Ridhima Ghosh) but his mercenary father wants him to get hitched to their neighbour’s daughter Tania (Mumtaz Sorcar). Arka’s mother too is tired of his father's highhandedness. Even this problem is solved… or is it?
Most of the team has done well in the acting department with Silajit, Paran Bandopadhyay, Kharaj Mukherjee and Rupa Ganguly delivering some impressive performance. The tongue-and-cheek dialogues will make you laugh.
The unnecessary detours from the main story which is sometimes overshadowed by the subplots. A lot of flab could have been gotten rid of on the editing table especially in the second half. Some of the special effects are simply ridiculous. It is time Bengali filmmakers spend some money on better special effects if they want those in their films. Mumtaz's hot pants are definitely not hot enough. What she needs is to concentrate on her acting skills instead of the skin show.
What to do
Watch it. Seriously speaking, or rather half seriously, before the court puts a stop on its screening.
Rating – 2.5/5
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