Falling out of love with a person is not uncommon. Either or both of the people can change or grow apart, or the circumstances may be the villain. Who suffers most during this fallout? If the couple has a child, then the separation is hardest on the young one – at least when the parents part ways on a bitter note. But, what’s more important: helping a suffering child find peace and love, or two incompatible people breaking free from an unhappy marriage? Many such questions will come to your mind while watching the new hoichoi Original Bobbyr Bondhura, directed by Sudipa Chatterjee.
hoichoi Original Bobbyr Bondhura Review: A Story about A Child of Divorce
Little Bobby, played by Saptarshi Basu Roychoudhury, lives with his mother in Darjeeling after her separation from his father. But then one day, he goes missing. His parents, played by Sreelekha Mitra and Koushik Sen, start looking for him, but bicker constantly in the process; they reach out to his friends and try to understand where he might be. They soon figure out that his real friends are the members of the huge family. His grandfather and his Shibu Dadu, his quirky uncles and his cousin, his pet dog are all in Uttorpara.
You’ll feel Bobby’s desperate desire to be reunited with his loved ones. On the other hand, you’ll also notice the problems in his parent’s relationship. As we see in the case of Bobby’s parents, his mom is a suspicious woman; his father has a drinking problem and abuses his wife, shoving and pushing her during fights about her financial choices. Bobby even witnesses such fights; and, his little mind comes up with the most common solution: that his mother should quit working.
So, it is right to create an illusion of happiness for the child as his parents to get back together, sacrificing their own career or sanity? Is it right for two people to stay together, only because of a child? Or, is there a better way of dealing with a divorce and giving the child a respectful environment and a chance to spend time with both parents?
But then again, you’ll also enjoy the story revolving around Bobby and his memories of Uttorpara.
From the melodramatic struggling actor breaking into soliloquies to the nosy neighbour who destroys Bobby’s plan to skip a class test, from the scary Math teacher to the non-conformist Aunt – all these people enrich Bobby’s life. You’ll also find the beauty of Darjeeling, in bits and pieces, throughout the movie. Numerous crazy and hilarious moments are strung together in it; and, these make the new hoichoi Original Bobbyr Bondhura a humble, fun family drama with a happy aftertaste. But it’s also important to question the premise of this feel-good movie.