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By Amina Khatoon

The pre-primary exam for teachers is on March 31 and hopefully Kartik Singh, the director of the film 'Target Kolkata', has already applied for it. If he doesn’t have enough money to produce his own films, he will be left without a job after this film is released and should start considering a Plan B right away!

What's it about?
The name and promos promised the moon for members of the audience but it turned out to be a poorly made and predictable potboiler, that never came to the boil. A young lad who kills his mother’s murderer and jumps into the river Ganga, is rescued and brought up by a sex-worker in Sonagachi, a popular red light area of Kolkata. He is christened Ganga (Arindam Roy) and grows up to be a handsome hunk with a chiselled body, who multi-tasks as a newspaperman, bus driver, mechanic, martial arts trainer and smuggler. He does all these jobs to earn enough money to buy his foster mother an apartment away from the area of ill-repute.

In two other subplots, an officer of the anti-terrorism squad, Suryanarayan Chowdhury (Subrata Dutta) puts up at a house in Sonagachi (God knows why) and monitors the entire city via CCTVs (God knows how). On the other hand, the phoren-returned heroine Maya (Bidita Bag) along with two of her friends pays a visit to her ancestral home. The film soon turns into a confused collage of romance, smuggling, gunfights, fistfights and dialogue baazi.

What's hot?
The balls to make such a film.

What's not?
Overlooking little details in the script that stick out like a sore thumb. TV footage shows that the day and date was 10 August, Monday. The last year which had that combination was 2009. On the other hand, the bike that Surya rides has a registration number WB 07 E 5186 - clearly one of 2012. Besides, Surya uses a tab, which was not with the Kolkata Police in 2009. The heroine gets slashed on her wrist and in the next scene, her forearm is bandaged. In the acting department, all of them fail. The den of a don is complete with two molls and guns on display, Maya’s foreigner friend keeps on shooting with a camera which is not even switched on and the villain Acid bhai is confused, whether to be a pure baddie or a comedian.

What to do?
Run like hell to get as far as possible from any theatre showing the film.

in.com rating: 1/5

Tag : #Bengali review #Target Kolkata #Target Kolkata review

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