There’s the constant blue haze which fills the screen along with glistening lights which only make you wonder when will this effect fade, or if this is a fade effect? It stays. It stays till the point you understand that this isn’t some disco with fog effect, but this smoke-effect and the blue-light setting was a denotation of heaven. With this screening, they try to establish that Hey Bhogoban isn’t an exclamation, much like the way it is used in Bengal, rather its more of a greeting; a friendly way of saying ‘Hey’ to the lord when you meet him/her on the other side, or in this case, the heaven above.
There’s an angel MeToo, a short form of Madan 2, and that’s where our story starts. The characters from heaven are introduced and then we come back to Earth, in a place name Kolkata where a girl named Simply Pal has stirred the society. She is a woman who never takes anything lying down, she slaps eve-teasers, she rides a bike, she breaks something as brittle as fragile male ego and she is a priestess, who doesn’t spell the rituals right.
That’s why the guild of priest arrived at her space to raise an objection on women taking on the role of a man. She is an atheist, not a communist atheist but simply a non-believer, yet she works as a priestess, although most of her chants are made up by her, and appear funny only when you are a part of the situation. Director Rajdeep Ghosh may have had the best of ideas, bringing in the angels and the demons together on one platform giving it a new spin, the cast Rupsa Chakraborty and Arindam Ganguly failed to blend in with the script.
A joke is funny only when it is told at the right time in the right way. It’s evident that the actors know their script well, but sadly they have been unable to adapt the situation of the script. At some point, they even end up feeling the certain kind of discomfort human beings tend to feel when they are aware of the presence of a camera, a quality which is not expected from an actor who works on screen.
The actors are perpetually aware that they are in a non-natural cinematic space, telling a story to small screen viewers thereby they fail to display a similar amount of dedication which maybe they would have used had this been a film that was screened at the movie theatres. Director Rajdeep Ghosh begins the film with a crane shot, but later he doesn’t go beyond a mid-close up, a mid-shot and a long shot in Hey Bhogoban.
The frames sometimes capture details which do not add up to the story, and neither are they shot in exotic cinematic spaces, which would give us travel goals. Hey Bhogoban is has been an attempt that failed due to lack of efforts from the cast. With the support of a strong script and a quirky title, it had the potential to be more than an attempted comedy. The word MeToo was sadly used on a comical note.
Writers of this script who otherwise seemed to be quite intelligent failed to realise that Metoo was a movement on social media where various women and men opened up about the times when they had no confronted non-consensual sexual advances. An angel could have been given any funny name, that could have stood as in innuendo for a laughable sex-joke. But it failed to be one.