Kolkata, 04 Mar 2019 8:19 IST
Thai Curry has a compact storyline and is less absurd and regressive than other mainstream comedies of its kind. But it is not meant to provoke deep thought about its cinematic value or its content.
Ankit Aditya's Thai Curry is an entertaining film that stands solely upon Rudranil Ghosh and Saswata Chatterjee's consistently hilarious performances.
Unlike many other mainstream films of its kind, Thai Curry is less absurd and regressive and has a compact storyline. There are moments of slapstick comedy and also a few witty dialogues. However, the film is mostly owned by Ghosh's priceless expressions and perfect comic timing.
There is a subtle emotional angle in the film which is not dragged and isn't meant to instigate the sentimental cells in the audience.
Sam (Hiran Chatterjee), Ayan (Soham Chakraborty) and Nitin (Rudranil Ghosh) live in Thailand. While Sam is into real estate and Ayan is a chef, all Nitin can do is get himself in trouble.
The film opens with Nitin unknowingly getting involved with a woman who deals in drugs. Simpleton that he is, Nitin doesn't realize that the involvement is going to get him and Ayan to pay a heavy price.
Despite living in fun-filled Pattaya, Sam hardly engages in any of the modes of entertainment that the city has to offer. Instead he is busy planning his engagement with his nagging fiance Tamalika and pleads with his two friends to not get into trouble before his engagement.
Ayan, meanwhile, has quit his job as a chef and wants to build his own beachside shack.
Marco (Saswata Chatterjee) runs a pub in the city. He wishes to stay away from dealing in drugs, but his boss, Old Monk, makes his life miserable for not getting him enough drugs and, moreover, for losing the money kept for it.
In order to pay back his boss, Marco ropes in Nitin and Ayan. Henceforth, both friends repeatedly find themselves in Marco' s trap, no matter how hard they try to get out of it.
The situation becomes more complicated when Tamalika's parents and her best friend Maya (Bidya Sinha Mim) arrive in Thailand for the engagement. Ayan and Nitin find it hard to clear up the mess created in their lives by Marco.
The film has undoubtedly been inspired by various Hindi comedy films based on drug rackets controlled by mafia gangs. However, it is the spontaneity of the situations that makes the film enjoyable.
The three friends are very different from one another. While Nitin is nothing but a simpleton with a good heart who falls easily for women; Ayan seems to be a bit more mature and an introvert, who is always there for his friends but knows he has to build his destiny on his own. Ayan also works as a balancing factor between his other two friends who are poles apart.
Tamalika's parents' obsession with Tagore and his works and with Bengali culture is quite nonsensical, yet Nitin's comic sequences associated with this part saves it from turning into a totally absurd idea. There are various other tropes used by the director that become causes for headaches in many other films but not so much in Thai Curry.
There are ample lame dialogues in the film, save the ones of Nitin and Marco. Ghosh and Chatterjee do not waste a single moment of their screen presence and constantly add to the film's entertainment quotient. It also appears that Ghosh improvised a lot on the dialogues on the sets.
Hiran Chatterjee delivers a flat act as the confused and burdened real estate agent. His dialogue delivery is a big letdown. Soham Chakraborty, on the other hand, puts up a restrained act to lend authenticity to his character.
Apart from remaining consistent in his timing, Chatterjee does a fabulous job in stammering in every sentence he speaks. Bidya Sinha Mim is decent. However, the actress portraying Tamalika has a lot of work to do to improve her performance.
Amlaan's music is decent and lends an urban and youthful charm to the film. The song 'Tui Amar Hoye Jaa' by Raj Burman and its visuals do not offer the cliched sequences and is justified according to the mood of the budding romance between Ayan and Maya.
Cinematographer Gopi Bhagat and editor Mohammed Kalam bring out the essence of Thailand in every scene. The action sequences deserve credit as well.
Thai Curry is worth a watch purely for the entertaining experience it offers. Despite its ridiculousness, it is not predictable. This film is clearly one for the masses. It is not meant to provoke deep thought about its cinematic value or its content.
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