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‘Poramon 2’: A reprisal of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

  • Published at 10:59 pm September 15th, 2018
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'Poramon 2' felt like a replication of 'Romeo and Juliet' because it’s a love story of Pori and Shujon Shah, who endure the hatred of two families from different social classes

For me, the innocence and deep familial relation between two brothers (Bapparaj and Siam) are one of the high points of this film. The director reinforces filial gratitude of blood connection out of which the audience can see both Shujon's brother and Pori's grandmother (Anowara) helping their kin till their last breath

"Poramon 2," as the title suggests, chants a tragic melody of separation in a romantic relationship and prepares its audiences to experience the double fold anguish of heartbreak.

The film commences with a hanging scene where a girl named Jasmine takes her life after being heartsick, which only foreshadows the doleful nature of love in future events of the film.

"Poramon 2" felt like a replication of “Romeo and Juliet” because it’s a love story of Pori (Puja Cherry Roy) and Shujon Shah (Siam Ahmed), who endure the hatred of two families from different social classes.

The film kick started with childhood love but Shujon developed hatred for Pori due to an unpleasant event of theft. Later, the story took a leap of ten years and the main two characters rekindled their love after witnessing several acid tests of love.

For me, the innocence and deep familial relation between two brothers (Bapparaj and Siam) are one of the high points of this film. The director reinforces filial gratitude of blood connection out of which the audience can see both Shujon's brother and Pori's grandmother (Anowara) helping their kin till their last breath.

"Poramon 2" remembers the iconic hero Salman Shah with a beautiful song titled, "Number one hero" which is another highlight of this film. The male lead is shown to follow the footsteps of Salman Shah and internalize his style. In the film, audience can see the hard work put in by Siam Ahmed to follow the style and vigor of the most revered actor of Dhallywood.

I also loved the chemistry between the lead pair of this film. Their screen presence was fresh and the love songs certainly helped to create the romantic ambience in the hall. Hit songs like "O hey Shyam" and "Suto Kata Ghuri" were applauded by the audience and I heard someone saying to his partner: "This love story looks so real and it reminds me of us."

My most favourite part of the film was the perfect use of the song "Keno Piriti Banaila Re Bondhu" by Shah Abdul Karim. This soothing composition was used throughout the film as the theme song of heartbroken lovers.

Fresh chemistry between new faces, chic music and mesmerizing vision of rural Bengal are some of the distinguished features of this film, which I think have made "Poramon 2" as to be the longest running film of this year. As a result, even after 14 weeks of its release, the film is a blockbuster and is still flying high in 20 cineplexes all over the country, confirmed a source of Jaaz Multimedia.

Nevertheless, there were some low points of the film as well. First would be the second half of it, which was way too predictable. Shujon suddenly changed his lifestyle of 20 years just to win back Pori's love, which didn’t seem realistic.

That brings me to my another low point of this romantic tragedy, which is its conventional storyline. These typical class difference, love affair between two foes turned friends are so outdated that almost everyone in the audience could guess what would be the final outcome.

I watched "Poramon 2" amidst the hype of a recent blockbuster horror release. Mostly couples hit the theaters to watch the film in a bustling Sunday afternoon. This might be one of the reasons behind the ticket checker’s frown towards me when I told him that I would be watching the film all by myself. This made me wonder that a 23-year old single girl, watching a romantic film all alone, was only a freakish interference in most of the people’s conventional thoughts.

"Poramon 2" is a decent love story with some emotional moments which will make one cry to an extent. It is also a pure family centric social drama hence one can watch the movie with their family without feeling awkward. If you are however way too done with “Romeo and Juliet” love saga; then I would ask you to skip this one but if you are up for a movie which will not pick your brain and gives you melodious songs with mesmerizing cinematography then definitely go and watch “Poramon 2.”


The writer is an enthusiast of Bangla film and currently working as a Showtime intern for this newspaper