As a good film,
almost comes full circle, but for some occasional glitches.
There are movies with thought-provoking insights into human nature, sudden twists of fate or epic narratives. Then there are movies that tell a simple story.
falls into the second category. It's an honest and realistic — if tepid — portrayal of two people searching for love.
Ronnie (Vikram) and Mrittika (Ena) are a lower middle-class couple. When Ronnie, the average Joe with no specialized skills or ambition in life, fails to find a regular source of income, Mrittika, his beautiful wife, takes up the job of an escort. The audience gets an overview of the profession that is very much a taboo and is considered a euphemism for prostitution. No wonder she is referred to as a kulin beshya. Mrittika's earnings pull the couple out of penury, at the same time giving Mrittika the taste of unlimited riches. But, at the end of the day, she is just a 20-something girl, who yearns for love and recognition. So, when an opportunity presents itself to make her name as a singer, she readily falls in love with the harbinger of good tidings, Debdatta (Joy). But, is her past ready to let go of her? Does finding love come that easy? Is life that fair?
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Vikram makes for a convincing Ronnie. From the guilt of a man, who, to put it crudely, pawns off his wife in exchange for money to the angst of a possessive lover who is ready to let go off all the luxury to keep his woman safe, from the innocence of a husband who does not have it in him to doubt his wife's loyalty to the shock of a cuckolded husband, Vikram establishes the growth of his character well. However, there are scenes when he seems to be going overboard a bit. Joy brings the music composer Debdutta to life. Soumitra Chatterjee and Alokananda Roy do not have much screen time.
But it's Ena, who delivers a laudable performance as Mrittika. Even in a deglam avatar, with a faded swatch of colour on her lips and the slightest hint of kohl, she lights up the screen effortlessly. She brings alive the pain and frustration of a woman torn between conflicting priorities. Her performance is so smooth, it's almost brutal. The scene where she is blackmailed into sex by a wealthy businessman is nerve-racking.
Director Surajit Dhar has a restrained style of storytelling, while cinematographer Amlan Datta deserves much applause for his subtle camera work. However, the film does test your patience at times with the excessive use of hesitation. The 'aahs' and the 'ummm's can be very jarring. Lastly, a few overlapping sequences might make you question the narrative licence.
As a good film,
almost comes full circle, but for these occasional glitches.