By Nilesh P. Khandare(08 Mar 2011)
Mid monsoon -- the midnight Kolkata skyline lies under an ominous cloud. The neighborhood around the official residence of Mr. Raghav Sanyal, the powerful General Manager of the Indian Railways, is startled awake by the sound of pilot vans and jeeps of Kolkata police.
The focus of leading news channels and flashbulbs are on one face: Viswanath Jha, a lowly attendant. Raghav Sanyal has been killed brutally with a chopper.
Vishwanath, suspected of this horrible murder, has been discovered next to his employer,He pleads innocence, and his face reflects his bewilderment as the media jostle in a feeding frenzy, trying to get footage of him as he is thrust into the police van. It is pandemonium.
The defence is taken up pro bono by Rudrani Shome, a dazzling criminal defense who does not believe in losing. Winning is her passion. Rudrani’s opponent is the Government Prosecutor, Mr.Aniruddha Sen a deeply ethical person, loyal and rational. His ideals are in stark contrast to Rudrani Shome’s. He is also Rudrani’s ex-husband!
Viswanath tells Rudrani he heard a scuffle and a loud cry. Darting to the spot and he saw Mr.Sanyal’s body lying in a pool of blood, the entire room in shambles. Vishwanath faints and remembers nothing else.
Rudrani consults Dr.Shyamal Ray, a psychiatric expert who testifies that it is amnesia, but he needs to examine the accused Viswanath before he can draw any firm inference.
In the meantime, Rudrani thinks she has another clue: Mr.Sanyal was involved in a disputed real-estate deal, using his position in the Railways. He had angered powerful men like real-estate shark Mr.Vinod Shaw.
Rudrani has information sources in the murky underbelly of society. She consults Abbas Bhai who is a powerful and shadowy figure in this world, whose associates Rudrani has successfully defended in the past. Abbas, an affable man on the surface, seems affectionate and protective of Rudrani. Abbas gives her details about Shaw.
Rudrani’s investigative assistants discover that apart from Viswanath, there was a young full-time maid-servant who had been working in Sanyal’s household the last six months. Her name was Shibani Mondal, who was nothing but a pastime for Sanyal. Shibani had secretly begun a relationship with Vishwanath, spending several nights with him.
One day while Dr. Shyamal Ray examines Viswanath and a darker facet of Viswanath is revealed. The shy and mild-mannered Vishwanath seems to have another persona concealed in his subconscious persona: He is Shankar, foul-mouthed, violent, emerging from and dominating Vishwanath’s surface personality. Both Dr. Ray and Rudrani are awestruck by this dichotomous entity within the accused
In the meantime Aniruddha and Rudrani maintain their cold war and their private tensions of emotions amid sexual attraction. Aniruddha asserts to Rudrani that she is a loser, for all the evidence -- from finger prints to blood reports – point at Viswanath.
But Rudrani skillfully tries to divert the case to a matter of a land deal gone wrong, with Mr.Sanyal a victim of greed in these murky waters of big money and land deals. The shadowy Abbas reassures Rudrani who does not know how to lose.
The court-room drama unfolds. Likely witnesses end up murdered. The pace mounts. The film concludes with a double twist. Rudrani turns to the one person she can trust. Who is that person?
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