Khancha deals with the condition of single women in our society and how they are treated by men irrespective of their status and capabilities.
Parul is running for her life. A wink from the boss and the rogues are after her... The film takes off on an interesting note and the director makes sure the audience gets hooked to the plot. Sadly, the initial euphoria doesn't last long.
We are introduced to the characters right away. Samita (Rituparna Sengupta) is marketing executive, working for a reputed corporate house. A divorcee, she lives on her own in a small apartment and often finds herself in awkward situations at workplace. Parul (Parno Mittra), on the other hand, is an innocent orphan girl from a village. Her uncle sends her away to the city with Netai, son of the village chief, who later takes advantage of her and tries to sell her off for money.
When Parul asks for help, Samita, albeit hesitantly, decides to give her protection. Constant fear of the young girl being harassed and kidnapped by the rogues forces Samita to lock her up inside the house while she is away, in office. Parul, too, is happy to be with her new-found didi. Surajit (Ritwick Chakraborty), a journalist and Samita's friend, comes forward to help the two women in crisis. As the story progresses, we see the three people bond gradually. There is trust and respect for each other. Once Samita gets to know Surajit better, she realizes that not all men are as bad as she believes them to be. He is just the opposite of Rahul (Arijit Dutta), her immediate boss, a manupulative man and a womanizer.
Rituparna gives a natural performance in the first half. She is strong and confident as a professional but when she is alone, she is vulnerable — craving for company, desperate to meet her daughter, staying with her ex husband. But her character loses spark in the second half. Her hysteric call to Surajit, after speaking to her daughter, fails to tug at your heartstrings. Parno is good in her demure and deglam avatar — all with her rustic speech and body language. Ritwick is good as usual. Arijit Dutta, too, does justice to his role. Ferdous as Samita's ex husband Arup and Kheyali as her ex mother-in-law do not add much to the plot. Also, Kheyali's dialogue delivery has a distinct theatrical touch that seems a bit out of place.
The basic plot is impressive, no doubt. But the problem lies in its implementation. The film stretches unnecessarily till one can bear no more. The narrative is linear and defies logic at times. For example, why should the police take so long to grab the goons when they are roaming around right before their eyes?
has nothing extra-ordinary to boast of. Nevertheless, it is worth a watch given the subject the director has tried to deal with.