Ananya Majumdar
Film: Hing Ting Chhawt  
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Samadarshi Dutta, Ankita Chakraborty, Rajatava Dutta, Sudipa Bose, Anindya, Lama, Rupsa
Directior: Anasua Roy Choudhary
Rating: Average

Hing Ting Chhawt, the title of the film, is actually gibberish, likely to evoke a colourful imagery of a magic show. A befitting title for the basic premise of the film is fantasy, fun and magic laced with romance and comedy. The director has used elements of ‘nonsense’ liberally in dialogues, storyline, props, akin to Sukumar Roy poems. But the literary device, used so dextrously by Sukumar Roy to create classics, sadly fails to conjure something fantastic when injected in the film. The experience is more flabbergasting than fascinating. The overwhelming quality of the film is bizzare. The elements of fantasy and surrealness in the film evoke interest and even entertain but these are interspersed, rather juxtaposed, than being incorporated seemlessly. The film which promised to be something worth remembering, ends up being a mediocre experience. The tapestry becomes too hotchpotch for the audience to notice the details.
The story takes off with the film’s hero Akash (Samadarshi) setting out on a journey to nurse a broken heart. He meets entrepreneur, producer DK Lodh and his wife Latika, played by Rajatava and Sudipa. The trio put up in a hotel where a magician past his prime, Kuhok (Soumitra) is also staying. Kuhok has a magic box which is home to digital Sonali ( Ankita Chakraborty), a girl who does the tricks for Kuhok but the magician insists she is no more than a computer programme. While leaving the hotel, the magic box gets interchanged with Akash’s luggage and things take a turn from here on. Kuhok has to get back his box and Sonali and he rightly suspects Sonali is with Akash. The Lodh couple accompany him as DK wants the girl too. His oestensible reason is to cast Sonali in his film but he actually lusts after her. Meanwhile, Sonali is with the guitar-strumming Akash, who sings songs for her, roams around hand-in-hand with her in picturesque, green valleys of Fagu. Kuhok and DK do their best to make things sour for the romancing couple. This is followed by a sequence of events leading to the culmination.
As for performances, Soumitra Chatterjee can try to be bad but cannot manage to be. The veteran actor (always seen wearing obnoxious head gear) looks disinterested in parts, but naturalness is so innate to him that you don’t complain. Akash is convincing as the dreamy, love-lorn, easy-going youngster. Rajatava and Sudipa are good. Infact antics of this caricaturish couple makes you laugh the most. Special mention has to be made of Rajatava. This underrated actor with an emotive face has impeccable comic timing. The other characters — the goon, the thief, Akash’s ex-girlfriend do their bits. There’s not much worth mentioning about Sonali. She had the scope to do much more. Special mention also has to be made about the dialogues. The lines were witty, crisp and added the much needed zing to the film. The songs are soothing. Debutante director has to be given credit for trying something unique. The film, albeit its slow pace and inconsistency, is different. The characters are believable, and few scenes quite interesting: like a handkerchief turning into a cat (a la Sukumar Roy). But we would want a more captivating venture. Maybe next time!

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