Damadol, which literally means confusion or tumbling up on lot of things truly invites us to participate in a long stretched out confusion on screen. Director Manoj Michigan of the Hello Kolkata fame has proved his wisdom in his second attempt and has worked with a story that instantly connects to the youth and also is a timeless subject. At a time when almost every Friday Bengali films are failing at the box office, Michigan's effort is quite praiseworthy and easily makes a place for itself among the handful of films that has strived hard to redefine Bengali cinema.
Damadol is a story of three best friends Nikhil, Aditya and VK (Shaheb Bhattacherjee, Samadarshi Dutta and Rajdeep Gupta), who drift away given to their personal problems and little secrets. Confusion starts with love as Nikhil, a software engineer is all ready to get married to Ria (Priyanka Banerjee) through an age old arranged marriage ritual. Yet, little did he know that his future happiness can bring in terrible fissure in his friendship with VK, who is a secret lover of Ria and have been couriering her love poems for ages now.
In the midst of these confusions and terrible testing times of friendship, Aditya a budding filmmaker cannot see his friends fighting and is ready to clear the doubts and restore back the old charm between the three of them. However, nothing comes for free and he promises to bring them together only if VK introduces him to Pappu bhai (Saswata Chatterjee) a local goon, who can finance his films. The commotion results into a heap of lies that each of the three friend hides from one another and also love, betrayal and coming together.
Director Manoj Michigan's effort pays off and his confusions of success get cleared with Damadol, as he has worked with not only a good league of actors but have also brought in fresh, young actors. Along with that Saswata Chatterjee with his brilliant acting and effortless abilities on screen have charmed us and have left us wondering what more we can expect of him in the future. Original, comic sequences and brilliant dialogues are also a stealer and will make you remember the film for long.
There is nothing impressive about the music or songs of the films and it just remains in a side role all through. The complications and the confusions in the film are layered and are bound to bite you not only because of the comic relief but also because of the depth of the same. The love and financial 'Damadol' gets sorted out in the end, yet it is not forceful or predictable.
Refreshing cast, Saswata Chatterjee's versatility and comic efforts along with the brilliant story-line is definitely a must watch. Even though many parts of Damadol, will remind you of many other buddy films made in the past but it will not fail to etch a place in your heart and mind and is of course not just a comic film.
Critic: Anurima Das
(3 / 5) : Good