By Nilesh P. Khandare(13 Nov 2010)
Agunpakhi - The Phoenix is a topical story of our troubled times. The story of the struggle, struggle to change the society for better, but could that "Utopia" truly be achieved? Can a system be changed without breaking its own protocols? What could be the effective catalyst? The fire within or the fire outside? So many unanswered questions and so many unsolved riddles.
Raji is a photojournalist of a leading news agency in U.S.A. who comes to the village of "Mataguri", in the foothills of the Himalayas, far away from the reach of the civilazation. The place is a photographer's delight, mostly inhabited by the local tribes and the colonies of tea plantation workers.
One day, while Raji was busy capturing the gloomy sunset of the backdrop of this magnificently curved landscape, she discovers Maya, a tribal girl who she had heard was dead. Maya seems to disappear into a thin air after a few moments. Raji follows her trail in to the deep jungle when something hits hard on her head.
Raji wakes up later in the night to find that she's been captured by a group of rebles. The 'system' coined them as terrorists. A bunch of young guns, some of them are well educated; some of them are mere followers. Rudra Michael Hembram, an ex-teacher, is now their leader.
Rundra's group is fighting against the social and political injustice which has remained unaltered even so many years after the independence. Raji decides to move along with group comprising Maya, Duli, Vagirath Mahato, Birsha & Nilu to find out if it is a struggle to achieve freedom for these sons of the soil or is it a mere case of rebel without a cause.
Aagunpakhi - The Phoenix has made an attempt to explore the nuances of age old human struggle for justice and destiny waits patiently for the final outcome of this never-ending battle....