Abhimaan is a film which has a strong story line and is relevant, but somehow falters due to certain factors . To begin with , the film looks dated because a couple of factors . The Taslima Nasreen incident which took place about 5 years back (when curfew had also been imposed 5 years back) has been used as a backdrop , but somehow this very incident has already become history and somehow trying to show it now doesn’t make sense. Also the film is nearly one and a half to two years old and getting released now makes it dated.
The film ‘s main story is good. It is about Ananya, a journalist who gets stuck on the streets when the riots break out(due to the Taslima Nasreen incident) and as curfew is imposed , she can’t return back home. Her husband who was supposed to come back doesn’t come to fetch her as he is also stuck. Since Ananya is stuck in a Muslim locality, a shady looking guy comes to her rescue and takes her to a safe place so that she is unharmed and takes care of her for the rest of the night. The guy Siraj is a pick pocket and a vagabond , but it is he who displays true human qualities and did whatever anyone else should have done. Her in-laws as well as her husband turn their back on her when she goes back the next morning as they consider her to be a fallen woman. Her entire world comes crashing down as her idea about her family(her in-laws and her husband)is forced to change after their behaviour towards her. She who had considered them to be very modern, very liberal, very different in their thinking is at once forced to change her views. She tries to commit suicide, but is unsuccessfull. She however still doesn’t accept them .
The film ‘s two leads perform well. In fact they carry the film forward on their shoulders. If Arpita is shown to be potraying a strong woman who will hold her head high but will not bow or apologize just beacuse they are her in-laws and is defiant, it is Parambrata as Siraj, the thief and vagabond, someone who has no care for anything nor himself, but knows how to respect the dignity of a woman. It is he who turns out to the real human being . He is very natural and does justice to the role. It is the new characters artistes, all of them of the opposite sex, who are extremly dissapointing and ameuturish. Also the Queen’s language’s which has been spoken in a couple of place in the film, is somewhat wrong. Ananya’s behaviour towards her husband on the morning after the wedding night also doesn’t jell with her character. If her character is so progressive and modern, how is she so dated when it comes to these things? A particular song sung by Emon and Anwesha is pleasant. Akash Dasnayak who plays Ananya’s husband has just one expression on his face which seems to be a smirk and it is very irritating.
The film is about all womanhood in the 21st century, very relevant and very idealistic and contemporary. As mentioned before, the film seems dated and even some mannerisms of Ananya seem to be out of context with her character. However the ending is good and positive, the best thing to be noted because in the very recent past, very good films like Laptop and Atta Atter Bonga Local have faltered at the very end.