Comedy of errors The star parade at bye bye bangkok’s premiere and the after-party

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By The star parade at bye bye bangkok’s premiere and the after-party ARIJIT BHATTACHARYA
  • Published 31.01.11

Starring: Locket Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Swastika Mukherjee, Shilajit, Sonalee, Anjana Basu, Kanchana Moitra, Kanchan Mullick, Kharaj Mukherjee, Neel Mukhopadhyay, Rajesh Sharma and Priya Karfa

Directed by: Aniket Chattopadhyay

Four couples hit the Bangkok beach for a holiday. The only hitch — none of them are married to their partners and neither are they aware that their spouses too have landed in Bangkok. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game that director Chattopadhyay spices up with hilarious situations and funny one-liners. Here’s what to watch out for...

Rudranil. As the clueless chauffeur Sadhucharan, he swings from the comic to the emotional, from being a dreamer to a victim. Rudranil brilliantly captures his character’s journey from a streetsmart fortune-hunter to a disillusioned driver caught in a web of upper-class lies and deceit.

Kharaj Mukherjee. His promoter is crass and loud but he couldn’t be bothered because money talks (sorry, shouts) for him. His idiosyncrasies — fear of flying, an obsessive search for machher jhol in Bangkok and his passion for Rafi songs — leave you in splits.

The funniest couple:

Kanchan and Kanchana. They are mismatched in every which way. When she, a wannabe model, struts around in slinky backless dresses, he, a door-to-door salesman, gets busy doing puja clad in just a gamchha.

The no-nonsense couple:

Shilajit and Anjana. They are the typical brooding our-marriage-isn’t-working pair. He’s angsty and bohemian, she’s a stickler for tradition and values.

Locket and Swastika. Locket as the desperate wife who wants to spite her nerdy husband (Neel) as he spends more time with his laptop than with her. And Swastika because though her Tanima drags everyone into a mess with her forgetfulness, her bindaas attitude and charming ways do make you melt.

The corniest one-liner:

Biswajit Chakraborty, in his cameo as a travel agent, explains to his customer Kharaj what Bangkok has to offer — “Sudhui Thai, keboli thigh”!

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