Story: Corporate honcho Sayak (Samadarshi) seduces his secretary Tora (Rituparna), only to dump her unceremoniously. The heartbroken Tora, emboldened by her friend Arnab’s (Ferdous) plan, sets out to teach Sayak a lesson.
Review: Akkarshan has class. And despite falling prey to the screenplay hiccups that are so common in Tollyland, it’s a film that has been smartly made.
The first half is a roller-coaster ride that races through the ups and downs of corporate life, the birth of a relationship between the boss, Sayak, and his attractive secretary, Tora, based on pure lust on one side and love on another, and its abrupt end. And overall, it makes for a gripping watch.
It’s when the curtains roll up again after the interval that the hiccups hit you. You are forced into the role of the ‘creative’ audience wherein you have to fill in the important details that have either fallen prey to the editor’s scissors or the screenwriter’s eraser. Without a clue about Tora’s fate after Sayak pushes her away at the fag end of the first half, the story cuts to a hospital where Sayak’s calm and composed colleague, Arnab, is seen rushing Tora into an operation theatre. When Tora is shown again, she has no injury marks on her body — not even a bump on her head — but is hurt on a deep psychological level because of an alleged miscarriage. We are also forced to assume, albeit correctly, that the ‘friend’ Tora keeps talking to over phone in the entire first half is Arnab. Then, the orgy of hiccups continues, as a basically harmless revenge drama begins to unfold with Arnab at the helm. We are in the dark about Tora’s role in the scheme of things till she makes a fleeting appearance while Sayak runs from one end of Kolkata to another to find a stolen pen drive that contains a presentation that could make or break his career. The storyline takes a rather illogical turn when Sayak’s daughter is kidnapped by Arnab and Tora and the parents don’t even inform the cops! The madness lasts till the moment when Tora lands at Sayak’s house with his missing daughter, reveals the whole plot and the reason behind her actions. Beyond this point, the film suddenly regains its balance and ends on a rather positive note.
But even the ‘confusing’ revenge sequence is stylish and does entertain movie-goers, though Samadarshi falls short when it comes to portraying the correct emotions throughout the film. Even when Tora drops the bomb by appearing at his house and revealing details about their illegitimate affair to his wife, the lack of expressions on Sayak’s face leaves one craving for ‘some’ reaction. But when it comes to the other actors, be it Rituparna, Rajatava, George Baker or Ferdous, there is nothing to complain. They live up to their characters in the best way possible.
Another confusing part of the film is the partly independent track involving Sayak’s driver ( Kharaj Mukherjee) and his daughter’s governess ( Shrabonti Banerjee). Though this partly comic track is brimming with potential, the way it is treated makes it seem nothing more than an unnecessary part of the film, which could have been cut short to make room for the primary track.
The music by Rupam Islam, who also has a cameo in the film, and Allan Ao is good, but the background score, especially during the revenge game, was noticeably jarring at times.
Over all, Akkarshan is film you can watch, though not with your kids. You wouldn’t want them to watch a 10-15-minute sequence showing Samadarshi kiss and seduce Rituparna, would you?