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The Royal Bengal Tiger

Even though my heart belongs to Calcutta in the 60s, I try to pay a little attention to new Bengali movies, more out of curiosity and an academic interest in the shape of the industry as a whole rather than particular affection for its current products. The Royal Bengal Tiger caught my eye because of its odd-couple lead pair: Abir Chatterjee (if you do not watch Bengali movies, you might know him as the very worried man holding The Canister on the metro in Kahaani) and, as the film’s official facebook page lists him, JEET (the orthography says it all). To me, Abir is the poster boy of “reasons to make passes at boys who wear glasses” whereas Jeet grunts and punches people while wearing cleavage-bearing shirts in Telugu remakes.

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