Today, post work I took off to PVR to catch ‘The Bong Connection’. Like many times before, I watched it alone. Again, not for lack of company but more out of impulse. And after many such experiences, I like watching movies alone. Yes, you can call me selfish. I really cannot go through the rigmarole of planning and coordinating everyone’s schedules. Too many logistical issues to tackle. It used to be fun but back then a large part of the movie experience was the company. Not any more.
Today the theater was practically empty and for me it was an entirely enjoyable experience. No crying kids. No obscenely ringing cell phones. No hyperactive folks in front row. Infact, I had the entire row to myself, which in itself was a luxury.
Now, did I like the movie? Yes. Will I watch it again? Maybe. Will I watch it a third time? No.
What I liked:
Ensemble casting is very good. (It's a different matter that many veterans were wasted!)
Loved the music. Good stuff there.
Shyan is really cute and so is Peeya (and not because she shares my name!)
Humor is well timed.
SPE (Some Place Else for the uninitiated) brought a load of nostalgia.
The shot in Flurys made me hungry :)
The pace of the movie is good and doesn’t slag.
The ‘typical’ bangla-induced English accents....and there are many variants...trust me! :)
Room for improvement:
Param is stilted in some scenes.
Victor’s character is very uni-dimensional.
Mir’s character disappears abruptly.
Raima should get rid of those dreadful curls!
Dialogue I liked:
Shiela(Raima) tells Andy(Shyan), ‘Music er ki kono desh hoye naki…’ (Is music limited to a region) Andy says, ‘Haan hoye…’(Yes, it is) (Sorry. Tried translating, but realized it lost the essence of the meaning and without the context it is misleading)
And being a crossover film, about 70% of the dialogues are in English (all kinds of accents though!). Plus the bangla dialogues have subtitles. So go Enjoy!