The Speed: Money outweighs productionPunny Kabir
A nearly three-hour horrific action, exaggerated scenes of love-affairs, melodramatic portrayal of family relations, inaccurate pronunciation of both Bangla and English by the ‘super hero’, Ananta ,and irrelevant sequences of songs and dance recitals is surely be a must-see, solely as an unsurpassed experience in the cinema. With a jumble of a typical Bangla movie dynamics and the action-thriller-romance trend of both Hollywood and Bollywood, producer- actor MA Jalil Ananta’s third Bangla movie, ‘The Speed: Do or Die’, has created a strong buzz amidst movie lovers anyway.
With the release of ‘The Speed’, the youth rushed to the cinemas again for the sarcastic pleasure they had previously experienced while watching Ananta’s first venture, the ‘epic’ movie ‘Khoj: The Search’. But this time, the producer, perhaps, tried to bring in some improvements, which left the movie neither here nor there, which disappointed viewers in some aspects. The theatres are in crisis of viewers after one or two weeks of the release of the film. Still, the movie offers some exciting features which are irresistible.
The ‘international’ movie, directed by Shohanoor Rahman Shohan, features actors from Malaysia, Mexico, Italy and Russia; dancers from Iran, Russia, India and Malayasia; choreographer from India's Bollywood film industry and fighting sequence director from Malayasia. Without creating any intentional humour sequences, the hero Ananta is alone enough to make the audience laugh-out-loud with his repeated mispronunciations like ‘iiismuggling,’ ‘issstop,’ ‘Kiiisteeena,’ ‘potishodh’ or ‘potipokkho.’ The hot and sizzling presentation of the heroine Parveen, from Malayasia, and our hero, with his stunning physique, are enough to allure the gaze of the audience.
In the movie, honest and patriotic industrialist Ananya (played by Ananta) carries out a do-or-die struggle against the corrupt business syndicate led by Kibria (Alamgir). The beautiful Sandhya (Parveen), who falls in love with the ‘handsome’ hero at first sight, brings charm in Ananya’s life, which was loaded with the responsibilities of his business and of his only niece (played by child artiste Dighi). He then immediately gets married to Sandhya. But the villains repeatedly try to drag him down, killing the niece and subsequently kidnapping Sandhya along the way. With non-stop violent action scenes, sometimes interrupted by some repeated snaps of flashbacks and a very lengthy song of heartbreak, Ananya kills all the villains and rescues his beloved one at the very end.
Hilariously, the big-budget movie blatantly promotes some agenda of the current government, especially the cliché of Digital Bangladesh, perhaps in response to the censorship hurdles that the director faced during the release of his last movie ‘Hridoy Bhanga Dheo’, on the grounds of portraying the villain with a mujib coat and hero with safari suit.
In such type of a formulaic Bangla movie, polished with the dazzle of excellent locations, modern make-up and costumes and conglomeration of foreign dancers and fighters, the expectation of smooth editing, sensible cinematography and meaningful dialogues is a far cry. But it’s good to see some attempts have been made to secure a distinct position, in the current Shakib Khan-dominated film industry.
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