2 out of 5 (Okay)
A social media strategic promotion and a thriller narrative could have easily saved the day for The Play, But it does not become a must watch quite sadly.
Anurima Mon, 09 Dec 2013
Bengali cinema is trying too hard off lately to pronounce superiority. From romance to thrillers everything is getting released every Friday. Some are truly inspiring, some deserves a clap. Yet there are a few like The Play which, are suffering the 'a little more tweak could have made it fabulous' syndrome.
Director Ranjay RC's The Play is the story of a theatre group, a murder that happens within the group and how consequently the people of the group change around this murder. There is suspense and there is missing links. Yet the gripping nut bolts are not tightened well and thus the film after a point become predictable.
Director Ranjay have effectively borrowed from the Hollywood, but the technique usages on a little bit of fine tuning could have really created some impact on the audience in terms of a thriller. The name of the film is also quite justified and sums up the film excellently. Yet even with everything falling into place the film does not fall into place as a whole.
When a murder happens, instead of reaching the local police station to lodge a complaint, the theatre group members starts behaving in weird ways. All of them begin to exhibit distinct suspicious behaviours. It is through this plot The Play picks up. But the loose ends are not stitched timely and the stitch begins to open wider as the film rolls out.
Actor Rajesh Sharma as theatre director Ambikesh is quite genuine and leaves a mark. Others are impressive, but Mumtaz Sircar and Indraasish Roy also lack clarity in their characters.
The Play has been quite methodically promoted through the Social Media pages during the pre release phase. A social media strategic promotion and a thriller narrative could have easily saved the day for The Play, But it does not become a must watch quite sadly.
2 out of 5 (Okay)