Film reviews can be good or bad, but for films starring Shakib Khan, they can be a mix of anything really. It is hard to put a finger on the stories as more often than once, they are confusing. Shakib Khan and Bubli's 'Moner moto manush pailam na' is no different.
The film was launched in 2013 but due to some internal issues, it was finally released in August 2019.
The story begins with the male lead Swadhin (our beloved Shakib Khan) guzzling down alcohol, (not the real deal, duh) lots and lots of alcohol, for reasons still unknown to the audience.
Jump to the next scene, he goes home drunk out of his wits. In fact, every day at 2am, he keeps ringing the bell and disturbing the heck out of his parents' lives.
Swadhin is a spoiled brat who does not do a lot. His father is a 'judge shaheb', just like Swadhin, who also studied law from abroad. One might wonder why he goes on breaking the law every minute, perhaps the degree was a fake!
Arpita (Bubli) is an activist whose passionate speech about social justice slaps Swadhin out of his alcohol-induced stupor and he is instantly in love!
It took one speech, one single speech, to change Swadhin's character forever and miracles begin to happen within minutes!
The booze loving, money loving, lazy Swadhin transforms into Anil Kapoor from 'Nayak' just like that! Not only does he chew out his father for being corrupt, he begins to compare himself to a football! Wait, what?
But, he really does! Quoting him while he blabbers to his forever weeping, bitter Betty mother, "Maa I am a football because dad has always kicked me around!"
Nevertheless, Arpita changes him for good because well, he is the male lead and she does not really have an option. (Insert obligatory crying he is the cure to her loneliness, yay!)
The rest of the movie also stays in brand with the true and tested clichés.
Predictably, Arpita gets into trouble and Swadhin has to rush in and save the day.
Following this scene, like a 'good Bengali boyfriend', Swadhin tries to 'tame' Arpita by asking her to step away from the life of an activist (toxic masculinity much?).
Oddly enough, she does not agree and instead of jumping into his arms, they break up.
But right after the obligatory getting soaked in the rain in a shari, they make up, followed by a dance sequence full of gas balloons, which was rather confusing. What does gas balloons symbolize, anyway? Arpita's freedom floating away?
Now comes the other obligatory mortal peril part of the story, where Swadhin is a tad too late in rescuing Arpita, and then he's seen searching around for the villain like a madman.
He succeeds and there is a happy ending. Basically what anyone would expect.
Cringe scale: 7 out of 10, because despite of all the clichés, headache inducing sound effects, melodrama and exaggerations, the movie had a passable plot.
Sleepy scale: 6 out of 10, because even though there were parts that justified a quick power nap, the obnoxious sound effects chased that possibility away.
The Shakib Khan fanboy scale: 10 out of 10! His makeup was on point, no obvious fiasco and the costume choices were very good at making him look alright.