Anjan Das , the director of critically acclaimed films like ‘Saanjhbatir Rupkathara’, ‘Jara Brishtite Bhijechilo’, ’Iti Srikanta’ etc makes a comeback with ‘Achin Pakhi’ starring Subrat Dutta and Manali Dey.
It is a tragic love story of Achin and Pakhi.Achin, Achin, a servant in the house of a zamindar; Rai Saheb takes shelter in an inhabited island as he has been wrongly framed in a murder case by Rai Saheb who had asked him to take the blame for a murder committed by his mentally deranged son. He falls in love with Pakhi the daughter of a fisherman. Rai Saheb fixes his son’s marriage with Pakhi. When Achin goes to meet Pakhi one day at night; he is arrested and put behind bars. Meanwhile Pakhi is married to Rai Saheb’s son and is informed that Achin would soon be hanged. Achin is released due to lack of evidence. He comes back only to find that Pakhi is no more as he has committed suicide.
The film is a remake of a Bangladeshi film called ‘Monpura’ which has done very well over there.Gias Uddin Selim who has written the script of the original has also written the script of this film and the music of this film has also been composed by a Bangladeshi, Joel Kabir.The music in fact isn’t too bad. Subrat Dutt who has won quite a few awards for his acting though he is not a very recognized face among the masses yet again excels and proves how competent an actor he is! Manali Dey who has become a household name after playing ‘Mouri’ in ‘Bou Katha Kou’ on Star Jalsha is seen in her first big screen appearance and isn’t too bad. It is just that generally one feels that she suits films which have a rural background as she has created such an image and one can not imagine her to be westernised. However taking into consideration that she is barely an adult and has just started , one never knows. However we hope we hope she doesn’t do too many tragic roles and brings some happiness and life in her future roles or film instead of roles which are full of melancholy. The film has been shot on Ichamoti River and at Machranga Dweep, both of which are close to the Indo-Bangla border. The parting shot of the film, a long shot where Achin fades away in the distance in his boat leaves a lasting impression.