Kolkata, 12 Oct 2021 4:56 IST
Based on Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's novel of the same name, the film underestimates the viewer's intelligence and is marred by poor performances.
Parambrata Chatterjee’s film Bony, starring Koel Mallick, Anjan Dutt, Kanchan Mullick and the director himself, is breezily paced but comes across as an amateurish attempt at adapting Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s novel of the same title. Also, apart from the lead actress, the cast delivers extremely casual performances, which makes the entire endeavour seem half-hearted and superficial.
Sabyasachi (Chatterjee) and Protibha (Mallick), who live in Milan, are expecting their first child. They win a trip to Lake Como but on the way to their destination, a mysterious occurrence changes the course of their lives forever. Upon giving birth, Protibha discovers that their child, Bony, is not normal. They fail to understand exactly what is wrong with him, and, later, the desperation of a group of people to get in close contact with the child puts their life in danger.
Meanwhile, Shawkat Osman, a Bangladesh-born US scientist, leaves his country to get in touch with Bony in Italy. Osman secretly hopes that Himu, a robot that accidentally enters the orbit of amateur scientist Rammohamn (Mullick) in Kolkata, was by his side. What happens to Bony, when Osman finally gets in touch with Sabyasachi and Protibha, is revealed after a series of unexpected twists.
The plot is centred on a group of renegade scientists, who are attempting to create humanoids as weapons for war. Without spoiling much, it can be said that the film eventually lapses into cliches and sends out a humanist message about using artificial intelligence for the benefit of mankind.
The only aspect of the film that makes it tolerable is the continuous supply of twists, which come at a consistent pace. The entire artificial intelligence aspect seems dated at a time when numerous films with deeper perspectives on the subject have made an impact on audiences across the globe.
While Mallick delivers a dramatic performance as a concerned mother, Chatterjee’s performance is severely lacking. Sometimes he just seems to be looking at the camera blankly.
Mullick stays within his comfort zone, delivering a comical performance as someone who is clueless about the strange events caused by the robot at his house. Dutt is hardly convincing as an AI scientist; however, he does his best despite a superficial characterization.
The rest of the cast, who play the scientists and goons that chase after Bony deliver below-average performances and make the watch quite tiresome at times.
Tiyash Sen’s camerawork isn't noteworthy but the chase sequences and the action scenes are well shot.
Editor Sumit Chowdhury deserves credit for saving the film from being a boring watch despite the hurried screenplay.
Nabarun Bose has maintained the pulse of a thriller with his consistent and non-overwhelming background score.
Attempts such as Bony underestimate the intelligence of the audience by not delving deeply enough into the field of artificial intelligence. Overall, the film is a strictly one-time watch for those who can bear superficial performances.
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