Director Rupak Mazumder's film, Kidnapper, is a situational comedy that revolves around three unemployed friends and their landlord, who get entangled in a kidnapping case. Whether more...
Director Rupak Mazumder's film, Kidnapper, is a situational comedy that revolves around three unemployed friends and their landlord, who get entangled in a kidnapping case. Whether they come out of the situation unscathed or get caught in the end forms the crux of the story.
Bubka (Samadarshi) is an aspiring artist who comes to Kolkata from the suburbs. He does odd jobs for a living. He lies to his nagging girlfriend Koel (Ridhima) that he is a sales executive simply to impress her. Koel constantly doubts Bubka and can't stand him talking to any other girl. Bubka is joined by two of his old friends (Sourav Chatterjee, Apurbo Roy), who also come to the city looking for jobs. They decide to stay at the same rented place, owned by an old man, Buluda (Paran Bandopadhyay).
Days pass by... Bubka and his friends fail to find employment. One day an angry Buluda shows his disapproval of their stay without paying the rent for months together. He prods them to go out and earn, even kidnap if they wish to earn quick bucks.
Confused and threatened, Bubka's two friends 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 nephew. Bubka and Buluda are furious at their foolishness. However, they try their best to keep the kids safe - away from prying eyes. In no time, the children become a part of the household. They simply refuse to go home even when Bubka insists that they should. Here, the director conveys a message as well. He shows how today's kids are growing up feeling neglected, as their parents are always busy managing either their professional or personal lives.
Kidnapper doesn't boast of remarkable music. But one song, Hridoyer kotha, deserves a special mention for its comic presentation and recall value. Somewhat akin to the picturization of Woh ladki hai kahan from Dil Chahta Hai, this song spoofs both Bollywood and Tollywood classics by mixing immensely popular tracks like Mere sapno ki rani, Tujhe dekha toh yeh jana sanam, Ei poth jodi na shesh hoy, Khaike paan Banaraswala and so on.
As for performances, veteran actor Paran Bandopadhyay as Buluda brings a smile to your face. Samadarshi is a natural on screen; the film sees the actor at his comic best. Ridhima does okay and plays along within the given ambit. Samadarshi and Ridhima look good as a pair. Sourav Chatterjee and Apurbo Roy as Bubka's friends do justice to their funny avatars. The scene where they take the kids to the park, in disguise, is hilarious. Also, the children here are quite a surprise. It is one of the few rare films where one doesn't feel the need to shut them up for being annoying.
It is the script that shoulders the film, but its formulaic structure adds to the drawbacks. The initial reels have lighter moments that keep the viewers engaged. The second half stretches way too long with a predictable climax. Editing could have been tighter.
Kidnapper has nothing extraordinary to offer but has its moments. If you are willing to ignore a few flaws, this could be a one-time watch.
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