What could have been a fast and furious thriller with a kickass female in the central role becomes a long and sloppy drama with too few sparks.
The film is about a crime reporter, Sharmistha, played by Srabanti, who works in a news channel with Alok (Partha Sarathi) - a cameraman. Sharmistha is a workaholic, but sincere about her family, with whom she lives almost happily in a mansion that is unreasonably huge. But let us not go there.
With a lead from Alok, Sharmishtha finds people being brutally killed and cremated at night in a village, Shibaghram. Upon further investigation, she learns that the villagers have unified to protest against a government decision to acquire land and outsiders are tormenting the villagers soon after sunset. (Sounds familiar? The disclaimer strictly asks you not to find resemblance with reality.)
Now, the film depicts the discord between Sharmishtha and the channel's honcho, Elina (Mousumi Chatterjee) when the latter gags her story.
Evidently, the film had potential. Controlled usage of songs and melodrama is the forte of the film. Some of the shots, especially a scene where cadaver-carrying carts are slowly, grimly passing by the horizon, deserve special mention. But a shoddy script, dim-witted dialogues, and in some cases, weak acting waste the effort. A redundant sub-plot of militants holding a cop (who helps curb militant activities in certain areas) hostage makes the film longer.
Srabanti's character is far from that of a crime reporter. Sharmistha, at times, appears to be more of an NGO activist than an on-the-scene journalist. However, the actress pulls it through with sheer dedication. But the man of the moment is definitely Alok. The character is a Casanova but diligent, an utter creep but smart and Partho plays it with elan.
Lastly, the director deserves praise for the way he chooses to end the film. It is not a happy ending but keeps optimism alive.