Abhisandhi, a thriller starring Rituparna and Kalyan Roy is a very smart thriller which is neither a complete commercial nor an art film, but is a mix of both of them and as a result what we get is a good, intelligent film after quite a while.
The film stars Rituparna as Rudrani, a high profile criminal lawyer who defend the case of Vishwanath Jha,a lowly placed attendant who is accused of murdering Raghav Sanyal, the G.M of Indian Railways as he is found beside the murdered person. The case is very challenging and a sensational one so Rudrani takes up the case and the Public Prosecutor opposing her is none other than Anirudh, her ex husband.
From then on there is cold war, tension and upmanship between the two as Aniruddha tells her that she cant win.Rudrani discovers that Viswanath suffers from amnesia as he cant remember anything when he had discovered the body. She also comes to know that Shibani,Raghav’s maid to whom he had taken a fancy was involved with Raghav.Also Raghav had enemies like Binod Shaw, a local promoter .From her sources like Abbas who is a part of the big , bad murky underworld, she comes to know that Binod Shaw isn’t involved. Also after a psychiatrist examines Vishwanath, another completely different personality emerges from him-Shankar , wild, foulmouthed .Does Vishwanath then have a split personality?Rudrani tries to shift the entire blame on Mr.Sanyal saying he had become corrupt, got involved with land deals and as a result the land sharks had bumped him off. However witnesses are killed. The film also ends with a double twist. What is that?
The film is interesting, has pace and is good because of the performances of some actors which make it worth watching.Rituparna as Rudrani is convincing and acts well.Aniruddha played by Sanjay Swaraj , a little known Bollywood actor is an excellent choice and their upmanship is worth noticing.Kalyan Roy playing the part of Abbas Bhai someone who is part of the underworld in a different way yet a gentleman is again excellent after his debut film Antaheen where he was a revelation.Kalyan Roy’s father-in-law in real life ,noted film critic, film historian, film maker and father of Aparna Sen,Chidananda Dasgupta appears for the first time in film in his life and he plays the part of Kalyan’s father. The film is a psychological thriller and the music by Kalyan Barat (who also appears in the film) is good. The sets and certain scenes look quite authentic. The film portrays the archetypal political corruption in India and the deep relation the high Government and the underground crime world with the corrupt legal system a pawn in the intricate web of deceits.Mukul Dev whom people will recall made his debut opposite Sushmita Sen nearly 15 years back and since then has appeared in only forgettable films, doesn’t do justice as he is not an actor of that calibre to carry two such roles effortlessly. That might be the only weak link in an otherwise nice, engaging film.