Rana Basu's debut film Namte Namte is based on author Dibyendu Palit's story Traata. The middle class lifestyles of Kolkata and its various troubles and intricacies are brought under the spotlight in this film. From adapting a fiction on screen to handpicking a gamut of excellent actors for his debut film to working on one of the most trivial stories to the present, the director overall deserves a pat on his back for his debut effort.
Ananda Babu (Rajatava Dutta) is a simple middle class man, who with his family resides along the fringes of the city and lives his life like any ordinary man. His wife Seema (Roopa Ganguly) is an ordinary housewife yet she is portrayed as courageous and does support and try to imbibe positivity and wisdom into his husband's mind, whenever he seems to get deflected under pressure and problems. Their son stays in a hostel while, the daughter Dolon (Sanchita) is a college goer.
What seems like a simple and neat family circle gets bothered under the series of pressures straining from the landlord to the local goons headed by Ganesh Halder (Saswata Chatterjee). Rajatava Dutta once again shines out in the role of a helpless father and through several means try to smoothen all odds and safeguard his family in every possible way. When the local goons begin bothering the household demanding an unnatural donation for the annual Saraswati Puja, Ananda Babu (Rajatava Dutta) decides to pay the same, even though his wife is dead against the same. From then on starts another chapter of their lives. In order to get rid of troubles, the clerk Ananda Babu (Rajatava Dutta) tries to befriend the Parar Dada Ganesh Halder (Saswata Chatterjee), but little does he know that the goond can never be honest.
The more Ananda begins relying on Ganesh Halder (Saswata Chatterjee), the more he tries to take advantage of him. He drops in his house whenever he is not there and tries to intervene. From keeping an eye on his daughter's tutor to finding a way out with several other problems he seeks help from the goon and slowly falls within the trap of his own flaw. While in the midst of all the troubles Ananda's daughter falls for her tutor and finds her way out to get intimate with him, whenever her mother is not there. Roopa Ganguly is strong and exbitis a balance through her impressive acting and somehow helps in maintaining the essence of the film. The newcomer Sanchita is not that great, and the music by Cactus vocalist Sidhu, Rupankar and Mir's band is impressive. Yet, does not mean much to the film as the film would have done good without music actually.
Namte Namte is a good watch when you are craving to watch a serious film. Yet after the long two hours you might feel, wish you could have watched a documentary instead.
Critic: Anurima Das
(2.5 / 5) : Above Average