The story revolves around three friends who stay together in a rented house. Bubka (Samadarshi Dutt) is an aspiring artist who comes to Kolkata from the suburbs. He does odd jobs for a living. He lies to his nagging girlfriend Koel (Ridhima Ghosh) that he is a sales executive, simply to impress her. Koel constantly doubts Bubka and can't stand him talking to any other girl. Bubka is joined by two of his old friends (Sourav Chatterjee and Apurbo Roy), who also come to the city looking for jobs. They decide to stay at the same rented place, owned by an old man, Bulu-da (Paran Bandyopadhyay). As days pass by, Bubka and his friends fail to find employment. One day an angry Bulu-da shows his disapproval of their stay without paying the rent for months together. He prods them to go out and earn, even kidnap if they wish to earn quick bucks. Confused and threatened, Bubka's two friends end up kidnapping four kids — one girl and three boys. All hell breaks loose when they discover one of the boys to be Koel's nephew. Bubka and Bulu-da are furious at their foolishness. However, they try their best to keep the kids safe — away from prying eyes. In no time, the children become a part of the household and began to enjoy there. They simply refuse to go home even when Bubka insists that they should. Later on, the three friends get success in their professional lives as well . The rest of the film also includes a real life comic kidnapper, 'Top Up Bhai' (Shantilal Mukherjee) who intends to kidnap the 3 children, but ends up being caught himself.Samadarshi Dutt as Bubka
Ridhima Ghosh as Koel
Paran Bandyopadhyay as Bulu-da
Sourav Chatterjee as Kanai (Bubka's friend)
Shantilal Mukherjee as Top Up Bhai
Siddhartha Deb Sarkar as Sid
Unemployment, buddy bonding and love trivia are the various platforms that Kidnapper has tried to explore in a different way combining the same with a child effect. It has been shown in the film that how in today's nuclear families, a child grows up all alone as his parents are busy with their lives. From a young age he is taught that he has to study, have a good career and survive in this competitive world in this rat race. All that is all right, but a child still needs that love and attention which he longs for, yet doesn't get. The film also highlights the fact that when people do not get some opportunities, they opt for crime.
The soundtrack of Kidnapper has been composed by Raja Narayan Deb. The film has 5 original songs, sung by singles as well as in duets. The lyrics of the songs are written by Dipangshu, Anindya Chatterjee and Souvik Misra. The soundtrack of Kidnapper was released on 13 February 2013.
Kidnapper received average to positive reviews from critics. though, the soundtrack of the film has not got any nice compliments. As a whole, the film did about average at box-office.
The critics of "The Times of India". said – Kidnapper doesn't boast of remarkable music. But one song, Hridoyer Katha, deserves a special mention for its comic presentation and recall value. Somewhat akin to the picturization of Woh Ladki Hai Kahan from Dil Chahta Hai, this song spoofs both Bollywood and Tollywood classics by mixing immensely popular tracks like Mere Sapno Ki Rani, Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam, Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoy, Khaike Paan Banaraswala and so on. As for performances, veteran actor Paran Bandyopadhyay as Bulu-da brings a smile to your face. Samadarshi is a natural on screen; the film sees the actor at his comic best. Ridhima does okay and plays along within the given ambit. Samadarshi and Ridhima look good as a pair. Sourav Chatterjee and Apurbo Roy as Bubka's friends do justice to their funny avatars. The scene where they take the kids to the park, in disguise, is hilarious. Also, the children here are quite a surprise. It is one of the few rare films where one doesn't feel the need to shut them up for being annoying.
It is the script that shoulders the film, but its formulaic structure adds to the drawbacks. The initial reels have lighter moments that keep the viewers engaged. The second half stretches way too long with a predictable climax. Editing could have been tighter.
Kidnapper has nothing extraordinary to offer but has its moments. If you are willing to ignore a few flaws, this could be a one-time watch.