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Do AAnkhen Barah Haath is that seminal film ages ago, ahead of its times and perfectly balanced, that dealt with the issue of reforming prisoners effectively. Calapor is a take off on the same issue where the intent being noble the execution is woefully pathetic.
Jyotsna and Ragini, Dancers, decided to enter the Calapor jail in Goa to reform the prisoners with their dance. Jyotsna in the process deals with the demons of her own past while reluctantly transforming the prisoners. So far so good. Then the makers decide to add a wierd family twist, a father son reunion, and lots of more melodrama that definitely belongs to one of the wanna be hindi GEC than on celluloid. The music uninspiring the acting non existent, the film meanders early on belying the hope it generated with the beginning.
Rituparna delivers a nuanced and decent performance trying to cover the graph of her character as much as the trite scenes would allow her to. Save for her, everyone else in film though is criminally deranged in the way they perform, making a mockery of the issue at hand. Prisoners do not look like they needed any reform; if anything the bunch need mental rehab. The music diasspoints big time as well, pushing one to boredom and eventual sleep.
Wht is the biggest failure of the enterprise though is the fact that one does not at any point invest in any of the characters. You do not care for the prisoners need to change paths in life, Jyotsna and her travails do not elicit anything more than a "move on happens to everyone" response. And the sole responisbility of this disaster falls on the amaeture direction of the film. What could have been a decent film is ruined into unbearable drivel for no reason. Actors like Raghuveer deserve much better. So do you as an audience, so stay clear.