Poran: Love, betrayal, bloodshed, and so much more
Long waiting lines and a chaotic ticket counter—this was how I was welcomed at the night show of "Poran" at Star Cineplex in Bashundhara City. Being one of the most awaited productions, I had high hopes from this film, especially after the title track "Jolere Poran", featuring Sariful Razz as a ravishing ruffian, was released.
The storyline of "Poran" comes as no shock to the audience, as they are well aware of the Rifat-Minni-Nayon Bond murder-case, the plot on which the production is unofficially based on. However, "Poran" lives to be so much more than just a story of love and betrayal.
With the star cast Sariful Islam Razz (Roman), Bidya Sinha Mim (Ananya), and Yash Rohan (Sifat), this production offers all – a rogue lover, a perfect example of a life partner that every girl would wish to be with, and finally a simple girl-next-door who ends up as the mastermind behind the whole incident.
While every character had their own stance in the film, the production seems to be overrun by Razz's impeccable on-screen presence. Starting from his entry on his rusty golden coloured gypsy bike, to his dark tone attire, Razz was a treat to the eyes.
The transitions in his facial expressions, while he moved from a political thug to being head-over-heels in love with Ananya, moved the audience to sympathise and pity Roman, forgetting his ruthlessness and inhumanity. His portrayal of Roman leaves a dilemma – is he a monster, or merely a lover that goes overboard for the sake of his beloved?
Outside the lead cast, Nasir Uddin Khan made sure that his presence was felt and applauded by the cinema-goers. He breaks the fourth wall as his character comes as an insight, resembling the thoughts of the viewers and presenting the remarks that they might have had, while watching the film. His impeccable comic timing, fiery punch lines, and witty remarks, paired with expressions that are subtle, measured and just to the right degree, makes him shine in this Raihan Rafi directorial venture.
Sharing the screen with two of the most powerful performers in Sariful Razz and Nasir Uddin Khan, Mim manages to hold on to her end of bargain. Despite a commendable effort, Yash Rohan's efforts fail to provide the same gusto as Razz's bold and dominating presence. However, Sifat's character was simply a foil to Roman's obsession.
Rashed Mamun Apu comes out as the black sheep, taking over the viewers with his humourous dialogue delivery. Starting from being a confidante to being a backstabber, Apu is consistent when it comes to finesse and naturalistic screen presence till the last scene of the film.
The only complaint that comes in mind while speaking of "Poran" is the imbalance in pace between the first and the second half. The first half looks to be slower but not prolonged, and is quite well executed. However, the second half seems quite rushed, especially in the last 30 minutes, as the scenes shuffle without giving any breathing space to the viewers. The production demands a little more build-up, before the climax.
Shahiduzzaman Selim, Shilpi Sharkar Apu, Rosy Siddique, Lutfur Rahman George, and Milli Basher all did their parts well, supporting the plot where necessary.
"Poran" is the perfect choice, if you are planning to watch it with your friends and family. However, a fair warning would be to pre-book your tickets, as they are quite difficult to come by.