Is success everything in life? What does it exactly mean ? It has a different meaning for everyone. Success is also a state of happiness just like other things. What might be success for one person might not be so for someone else. More so, at what length will you go to achieve it? Is it worth sacrificing everything to achieve it or is it above everything else in life?
‘Aborto ‘, Arindam Sil’s directorial debut with an ensemble cast offers the answers to all these questions and more where success is the crux of the story. The central character is Shymal,a middle aged guy who is at the peak of his professional career where he is about to become the VP of his company, but he has also got a rival for that position. A crucial factor like the night he spent with his Executive Assistant at a resort is the key factor to him becoming VP and he doesn’t think he will become the VP because of that. This is what he had worked for and sacrificed everything for and now....... His wife Charu has been by her husband’s side throughout though she has drifted apart from him , yet remains the essential ‘good’ wife of Shymal and even is close to Shymal ‘s elder brother whom she looks upon as her own brother as Shymal considers him to be a failure. Hari Bose is the dynamic cricketer in the IPL of KKR and he has an admiration and falls for Charu over a period of time as he has never met anyone like her before . Ranadeep Sanyal is the scheming, conniving rival of Shymal who is also running for VP and will do anything to rise up the ladder. Shymal’s elder brother,a bachelor teaches young children and still loves Shymal though he doesn’t have any time for people like his elder brother whom he considers to be a failure . Then there is Duli, Shymal’s Executive Assistant whom Shymal blames for ruining his career as he thinks she has revealed details about the night which they spent together at a resort to everyone and also her elder brother is another slimy character who tries to live off Duli and can be ‘bought’ with money.
Shymal being the central character realizes the true meaning of life and whether all this was worth at the cost of sacrificing his personal happiness and forgoing the love of his loved ones including his wife(he had even made her undergo an abortion for his sake), elder brother and his father when he thinks he won’t be the VP when actually fate has something else in store for him. He realizes that he has lost a lot more which is much more precious than what he has gained which is the love and respect of his loved ones .
Arindom’s directorial debut is a stunning debut from him. Tota Roychoudhury is in the role of his lifetime as Shymal Sen,a man who thinks he has lost it all , but regains what he has lost. He has finally got a role which has given him a chance to completely shock everyone with his performance and he has done it with good effect as he is simply brilliant. Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan who plays Charu, gives excellent support in a character where she holds her own and doesn’t weep and lament and plans out her life and even her husband actually comes back to her. Kaushik Ganguly again comes up with an excellent effort as Shymal’s elder brother for whom Shymal has no time, yet even Shymal reconciles with him. Need we say anything about Ranadeep Sanyal, the scheming conniving rival of Shymal played by Saswata Chatterjee? He is as usual very good. Reshmi Ghosh who plays Duli and Ritwick Chakrabarty who plays her scheming elder brother are very good too. Abir Chatterjee plays Hari Bose, the IPL cricketer cum 'cool dude' who discovers a lady in Charu, someone the kind whom he has never come across and continues to astonish him. The back ground score and the music by Bikram Ghosh is perfect. There are a couple of particular sequences towards the end of the film where firstly Kaushik Ganguly and Tota Roy Choudhury playing Shymal ‘s elder brother and Shymal respectively) are on the roof of their old house getting drenched in the rain and they reconcile and secondly Shymal going up the steps of his house, completely drenched, wearing muddy shoes. A ‘finished’ man and each step of his seems to be getting heavier and heavier. Simply marvellous!
Aborto is one of the best films in the last couple of months and surpasses all kinds of expectations from Arindam Sil.