Overall, Khelaghor is an avoidable film, but not unwatchable. It does have a decent storyline backed by decent performances. So, the decision is yours.
Childless couple Aninda (Krishna) and Malini (Pallavi) live in Vishakhapatnam, where Aninda is a professor of English literature and Malini, a housewife. Malini, who whiles away her loneliness talking to her stuffed toys and a plastic skeleton, always ends up suspecting all girl students who visit their home for private tuitions with Aninda. This ultimately turns their married life upside down
is a mundane tale of love and suspicion, with nothing spectacular to offer vis-a-vis novelty. I wouldn't call it boring, but yes, it does seem to go on and on without an end in sight. Moreover, there's a lack of connect between the opening scene and the climax, as the story seems to go awry somewhere in between. A length of, maybe, 90 minutes should have kept the narrative crisper and faster.
The story tries too hard to establish the nature of relationship Aninda and Malini share. The childless couple, married for 14 years, are evidently still in love, but how long does one need to drag the story to establish this? That their life revolves around themselves, another Bengali couple, played by Sudip and Pulokita, and Malini's social worker mom (Sakuntala Barua), is evident 30 minutes into the film. So is the fact that a lot of his girl students find Aninda attractive. But the story beats around the bush a bit too much when it comes to showing Malini's suspicious nature. Moreover, a strange approach is employed to show Aninda's weakness towards the young girls flocking around him. Why does he imagine the girls sitting next to him in the car and confessing their lust for him? And if it's some kind of a fantasy, why does he react as if he's seen ghosts?
As for performances, most are mediocre at best. This includes the lead cast of Krishna and Pallavi. Pamela, as Aninda's infatuated student, seems to be 'acting' most of the time, looking comfortable as a young and chirpy seductress, but scoring low when it comes to displaying emotions. Her chemistry with her on-screen brother seems really forced.
Then there are the goofs that could have been easily avoided with a little more attention to detail. For one, Malini's old and regularly used diary looks sparkling new when it lands in Aninda's hands. Then again, the opening scene shows Aninda going up to a mental hospital official and getting permission to see 'her'. Even the nurse looks pretty pally and comfortable around him, as if he often visits. But the closing scenes tell a different story, which fails to connect with the opening scene. Quite an avoidable error. The director or story-writer has the story clear in their minds, but the audience is not that blessed. They need help to connect the dots. That help is missing in the latter part of the film.
is an avoidable film, but not unwatchable. It does have a decent storyline backed by decent performances. So, the decision is yours.