Adverse situations, testing times and thorny political upheavals have always been the budding ground for romance. After the success of 'Bojhena Shey Bojhena', Raj Chakraborty is back with Kanamachi. 'Kanamachi' literally means a game of hide-and- seek, that is played blindfolded. Political disturbances, election and other distresses in the state form the backbone of Chakraborty's thriller.
A remake of Tamil film Ko (2011), Kanamachi does not deviate much from the lines of it's original and does not compromise much in terms of the cast and action. Abir (Ankush) is a press photographer, who with his passion to reveal reality through his camera, sets out to click photos of a bank robbery and finally chases the robbers too. He slowly becomes the star of his office and draws enough women towards him. But he is very focused and dedicated to his work and does not reciprocate to this uncalled attention. However as fate has it, he slowly grows a fondness towards Noyona (Srabanti), a reporter in his office. The more Abir gets attracted to her, the more he sets the fire of jealousy in the heart of Payel (Sohini) who has a soft corner for him and does not by any means try to hide her feelings.
While Noyona and Abir, fight their way through the problems of the society and try to bring them into everyone's notice Abhimanyu Mukherjee (Abir Chaterjee), is a young man who runs a movement to educate the villagers. His 'Barno Parichay' movement is a dream set into motion by him and a group of his friends.
It is one of Abir's public meetings that make all of them cross each other's path. A blast during the meeting kills Payel and this enrages the young reporter couple Abir and Noyona. They are all set to find out the mastermind behind the blast. Abhimanyu is heartbroken and understands his movement is strongly opposed by political parties and finding no other way out and in order to cement his and his friend's dreams, he contests the election and finally with the support of the masses, he wins the election to become the youngest Chief Minister.
Apart from going in lines with the Tamil counterpart, Raj Chakraborty somehow fails to maintain the same pace all through the film. Kanamachi somehow loses the appeal almost towards the second half and at times makes the story uninteresting due to its length.
The cast helps Chakraborty win some brownie points. Abir Chaterjee is brilliant as the young leader and does prove his acting skills yet again. Both Srabanti and Sayani are fresh and look really cute as press reporters. While Sayani is chirpy, Srabanti is very calm and holds on to her pretty looks all through the film.
Ankush is of course another reason why Chakraborty deserves a pat on the back. The director successfully brings out the talent in Ankush he in his 'Dev' avatar is a success and does help in bringing alive the action sequences brilliantly. The supporting cast proves worthy for Kanamachi. From Shankar Chakraborty to Rajatava Dutta, the ruling Chief Minister of the state the actors are satisfying.
The special-effects will definitely keep you hooked up to kanamachi, but there is nothing impressive about the typical song and dance sequences and Chakraborty could have easily done away with the same for Kanamachi.
Kanamachi is definitely a single-screen hit. But with a little fine tuning the film would have gained much critical appreciation.
Critic: Anurima Das
(2.5 / 5) : Above Average