Choukath is watchable only because of the performances.
Ronojoy Mitra (Tota Roy Choudhury) and his wife Debi (Sreelekha Mitra) become the victims of a car accident, but Debi mysteriously disappears from the accident site. Next morning, she returns home, only to face questions on her morality.
Raja Dasgupta's debut film
Choukath... The Threshold
raises pertinent questions and reveals our societal hypocrisy about women's independence, morality and the notion of purity. It's true that if a woman, hailing from an upper-middle class family, goes missing for a night and can't remember on returning home where she was and who helped her, her credibility doesn't get the benefit of the doubt. But in this film, the basic premise is so full of loopholes that despite decent performances, the end result feels like a dish without salt.
For instance, when Debi returns home all bruised and disoriented, merely a few hours after the accident, her loving husband doesn't for once think that she may need medical attention or at least some rest before she can answer questions. When she says she was in hospital and couldn't remember the details, no one gives her the chance to recuperate, but tags her as a fallen woman. What follows is Debi's struggle to survive and keep her self-esteem intact. But the premise, on which the film is based, is so weak in logic that Debi's humiliation, pain or Ronojoy's internal struggle never touch any chord. Moreover, the production values make you feel like you are watching a telefilm on the big screen. It wouldn't have mattered if the film finished within an hour instead of the 108 minute runtime.
is watchable because of the performances. Sreelekha as Debi is understated and dignified in her pain and helplessness. Tota is also believable as Ronojoy, so is Ardhendu Banerjee as Tota's father. But it's Bidipta Chakraborty as the couple's friend Sreyashi who steals the show. Sreyashi seems the only sane person among these unreasonable people and her strength of character and compassion are beautifully portrayed by Bidipta. On the other hand, Saayoni Ghosh as the TV journalist Konika is a disappointment. The director may have briefed her to be brash and bold, but she takes it to a level where she is obnoxious and irritating.