We have all heard of ‘Saath Pake Bandha’ in the general term and also there is a landmark Bengali film of the same name, but ‘Aath Pake Bandha’?That indeed is the name of a new Bengali film starring Vishal and Dipannita Patra(the model turned actress who has appeared in a couple of films earlier).
It is the story of Indra who tries to turn Priya into a new leaf after she enters the college where he studies. She does change and so does he as he falls in love with her an d vice versa. Eventually they even get married and have a child. Suddenly Brishti, Indra’s close friend from college (who Indra only considered as a friend, but she was in love with him) comes into his life.Indra is even diagnosed with ‘Hodgkin’s disease’.One day after a party on the pretext of taking him home. Brishti takes him to her house and they land up in bed.Priya catches them red handed.From then on, there is constant quarreling and bickering between the two and Priya even leaves their house and goes away. After a year when Indra falls sick, Priya comes to his side and they again get together as he had only wanted Priya in his life and no one else.Priya also comes to know the truth from Brishti and realizes and Indra had been unaware so far of what had been going on.
The film which is directed by Kunal Choudhury and Ruby Pal Choudhury (also produced by the latter) is a very ordinary tale. That is also somewhat because of the performances of the two leads.Vishal isn’t great, Dipannita is just plain nyaka before she gets married though after her marriage she is much better. Things have been shown in this film which can’t be tolerated. Like for e.g. Indra’s mother is seen telling Priya that she must accept her husband’s infidelity just because she is a ‘wife’ and she will discover that all men are like that when she goes outside the house.Indra also says that he has done the right thing. This is atrocious! I mean what world are we in and what are we trying to show in? The music isn’t too great though surprisingly there is a Rabindrasangeet ‘Din Guli More Sonar Khacha’ in the film sung beautifully by Babul Supriyo.Also when Indra is shown the divorce papers by Brishti which Priya has signed, how did he miss his own signature and not ask her where it came from?
Aath Pake Bandha has got the name just because of the son who is the 8th factor.