Rituparno Ghosh’s films have essentially been women centric or primarily been on relationships between certain people. His latest film Abohoman, deals with the story of an art film maker Aniket Majumdar and his affair with an actress Srimati(formerly known as Shikha), whom he moulds into a fine actress and transforms her into a sophisticated human being from her rustic surroundings. He slowly gets involved with and when he has a full fledged affair with her, his entire family is affected and gives up on him though they are later shown to accept it as well. The father and son are then shown to bond very well when Aniket goes out of town with Apratim to recuperate after he falls sick. Aniket’s loyalties still lie with his wife and so does his love and he does not feel at all bad when he comes to know that his son wants to bring out a story on his father’s life which would include details about his private life as well. Aniket passes away after they return and Srimati comes to meet the family.
The high point of the film has been the bond between Aniket and Apratim The relationship between Aniket and Srimati has been more hinted than shown that elaborately, but it is the father and son bonding which has shown very well. As the posters suggest, they have been shown as father and son, rivals they were never meant to be but friends definitely. This has been an important part of the film. This has been the best part of the film because of competent performances from Deepankar Dey as Aniket and Jishu as Apratim. Both have been wonderful to watch and this proves that Jishu is capable of a lot of things if in the hands of proper directors. Mamata Shankar as Aniket’s wife is wonderful as lady who has to deal with not only the public outcry but also matter at home like handling Aniket’s old mother. A lot of the dialogues are in English and nearly all of Riya Sen’s dialogues are in English. She is pathetic and anyone could have done that role. She is not capable of speaking Bengali and she has barely spoken a couple of line sin heavily accented Bengali. No wonder no one ever call her. This film is based on the life of Ray and a certain actress with whom he was involved and one is waiting to see the reaction of the general public as well of the Ray family after they see the film. Ananya as Shikha/Srimati is excellent and she is getting better day by day though she always did have qualities of being an quality actress.