A sensitively handled film on life and responsibilities, this one is worth a watch
Aashbo Aarek Din
, director Abhijit Dasgupta has toyed with several subjects — from inter-caste marriage to adoption and identity crisis of the child to organ donation — which could have individually been made into separate films. Touching upon so many issues at one go is no mean feat, but sadly, the plot loses its intensity in the process. One actually starts wondering who to sympathize with. Is it the adopted kid of the family who keeps on searching for his roots? Is it the mother grieving for her son? Or the newly-wed bride who finds out that her husband is suffering from cirrhosis of liver...
The film is crammed with way too many characters to establish certain point of views. We meet Sujata (Alokananda Ray), his son Sunil (Arindam Sil), daughter-in-law Chandana (Roopa Ganguly), daughter Meera (Swastika Mukherjee) and Anwar (Gaurav Chakrabarty). Anwar, who was adopted as a kid by Chandana and Sunil was born to Muslim parents and thus, has been raised as a Muslim. His love interest is Kuhu (Ridhima), a college friend, who is an aspiring singer. Meera and Anwar are more like siblings as there isn't much age difference between them. Sunil is a senior executive of a multinational company, who remains busy most of the time yet keeps a close eye on family matters. Chandana is an ideal wife, a caring sister-in-law and a doting mother to Anwar.
Meera has a passion for theatre and so has Karan (Abir Chatterjee). Karan hails from close-knit Punjabi family and is a smart guy with a bright future in business. Meera and Karan fall in love. Over the course of time both families happily accept their relationship and they get married.
But then, life is not always a smooth ride. All hell breaks loose when one of the family members falls ill and the doctor advises immediate organ transplantation. Since no one is ready to donate, the situation worsens. Undoubtedly, the film has its moments where one relates to some characters or situations, and it is the acting, along with tight editing, which kind of make up for an otherwise cluttered narrative.
Gaurav gives a mature performance as Anwar — with his insecurities, kindness and compassion portrayed with elan. Ridhima complements him at every step. You'll find someone like Sujata in every other Bengali household. Though she initially resented Anwar's presence in the family, Sujata gradually comes to accept him as her own grandson. Roopa Ganguly and Arindam Sil look their parts and put up a befitting act. Together, Swastika and Abir surprise all with their sizzling on-screen chemistry.
The soundtrack — composed and arranged by Chandrabindoo and Indradeep Dasgupta — boasts of some soulful numbers. After having won the National Award as the Best Female Playback Singer in
, this time around Roopa again lends her voice for the song, '
Overall, a sensitively handled film on life and responsibilities, this one is worth a watch.