2 out of 5 (Okay)
Kidnapper comes with a children film tag but quite regrettably fails to etch a mark in the minds of adults even.
Anurima Das Mon, 11 Mar 2013
A complete Bengali children's film from Rupak Majumdar, somehow remains incomplete bearing to its innumerable flaws. Kidnapper is nothing new and does not really offer anything different in terms of script and story. Yet, the story has been quite craftily tilted with a children perspective and a comic backbone.
Unemployment, buddy bonding and love trivia are the various platforms that Kidnapper has tried to explore in a different way combining the same with a child effect. Samadarshi Dutta, Sourav Chatterjee and Apurbo Roy are three friends who stay in a rented house and all of them are unfortunately unemployed. To add to their problems, Bubka (Samadarshi Dutta) has a girlfriend Koel (Ridhima Ghosh) to whom he constantly lies to hide his unemployed status. Bubka is a struggling artist, Kanai is a struggling salesman and the other friend is a struggling mechanic. The film begins and follows along the lines of the story of these three friends and how they keep working to get out of their unemployment status.
In a momentary impulse one fine day Bubka's two friends turn kidnapper, when their landlord Buluda (Paran Bandopadhyay) asks them to really do something with their life, in fact he even suggests kidnapping as a profession to make a few bucks, the friends seeing no other way out really kidnap. They end up kidnapping four kids - one girl and three boys. All hell breaks loose when they discover one of the boys to be Koel's (Ridhima Ghosh) nephew. The film somehow gets interesting at this point when the three friends begin their quest to take care of the children and keep them safe and away from curious eyes. In the midst of everything the children slowly becomes a part of their household and somehow naturally fits within their lives and at one point even refuses to go back to their respective homes.
Rupak Majumdar somehow presents the idea of children in a vey different way here and also sternly narrate how children today are growing up to be lonely as their parents do not give them much individual attention in the midst of their fast schedule. Samadarshi Dutta and Paran Bandopadhyay cement the flaws of Kidnapper, with their truly natural screen presence and somehow make the film worthy. The other actors are reasonable. Comic backbone of the film is yet another noteworthy bit and does add to the otherwise tasteless venture. Along with some warm moments in the film Kidnapper also has a song 'Hridayer Majhe' that is quite beautifully presented and can be counted as one of the good pointers for the film.
To summarize, Kidnapper though comes with a children film tag but quite regrettably fails to etch a mark in the minds of adults even. A one time watch, Kidnapper has nothing serious in terms of story and screenplay.
Critic: Anurima Das
2 out of 5 (Okay)