This simple yet gritty tale of every day reality is definitely worth a watch.
Opening scene, the camera focuses on a maid washing clothes beside a roadside tubewell. This is so common and mundane in our city that you promptly start losing interest until you realize that the maid, who looked like any other domestic help, is none other than Roopa Ganguly. The camera follows her progress... after washing the clothes she hurries to hang them dry. And with this, Roopa captures your interest as Nayanchampa and manages to hold it till the very end.
not only tells the tale of one Nayanchampa, but also of thousand other such Nayanchampas whose services are necessary in urban society but whose hardships can be ignored. Nayanchampa, Champi (Chandrayee) or Malati (Daminee) get up at the crack of dawn, finish household chores, take a train to the city, do backbreaking work in one house after another, only to get back home to face endless poverty, hungry children or a drunk and abusive husband. No matter how much work they do, there's no escape from this harsh reality. Sekhar Das, in attempt to delve into their lives, has shown no mercy. There is nothing to sugarcoat the harshness and there's no succumbing to unnecessary celluloid melodrama. The script is simple and convincing and the performances are brilliant by almost each and every actor.
Roopa Ganguly as Nayanchampa has given a worthy performance. Shedding her usual sophisticated image, she lives and breaths the life of a maid. The same can be said about Chandrayee Ghosh and Daminee Basu. Their diction, body language and attire never for once lead the audience to think that they are actually roleplaying. For this, the makeup artist and costume designer of the film should be appreciated. Roopa and Chandrayee are already established actresses, but Daminee is a revelation and the Bengali audience definitely needs to see more of her. Debranjan Nag as Roopa's abusive husband, Barun Chanda and Alokananda Ray as the ailing and lonely couple and Biswajit Chakraborty as the lecherous professor are brilliant.
Performances aside, Sekhar has also created many small but beautiful moments throughout the film. Be it Nayan feeding her small child with pieces of apple thrown out by her employer or after tolerating abuse and beating, soothing rain coming to her rescue - these scenes stay with you for a long time. However, some songs seem unnecessary and the actors playing Barun-Alokananda's son and his mentor are not up to the mark. Otherwise, this simple yet gritty tale of every day reality is definitely worth a watch.