Smriti Irani became a household name after playing the part of Tulsi in ‘Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’.This family saga which became one of the biggest success stories of Star Plus set records for getting the highest TRPs for over a period of 8 years and was also the second longest serial on Indian television.This saga of the Virani family where Smriti played Tulsi Virani , the central most character in the serial created a rage on Indian television as most of the women folk in most households would be glued to the television as soon as the serial would be aired daily and this would literally start a ‘war’ between a couple on a lighter note regarding viewing something else as he would invariably be interested in viewing something else(However there were certain men too who would be glued to the television when it would be aired!).
She has played a very vital role in a Bengali film called ‘Amrita’ where again she plays a role where she is the central character.She plays the role of Amrita, the wife of a business tycoon who neglects her and the film is also a saga about the Sen household and how Amrita tries to bring the household together in spite of the differences together.The film is a dramatic film with hints of a musical love story as well.
It seems as if the sequence of events and the characters are all round Amrita or rather she seems to have a connection with each of them.Smriti’s Amrita is a character who is brought up in a Ashram with all the good values of life taught to her at a young age.She comes across Sanjeevan and her affair with him results in her getting pregnant, but she insists on getting married .After marriage , her life becomes a life of agony and extreme torture at the hands of her husband and her mother-in-law.She suffers and suffers.Years pass and her son Anirban grows up and becomes a trouble maker, however one fine day, changes into a new leaf after a particular incident.Meanwhile Sanjeevan has a girfriend who becomes his priority but even she leaves him and goes away.All this while Amrita and Sanjeevan had already started living seperately and Amrita’s mother-in-law had in fact supported her daughter-in-law rather than her son and left nothing to him in her will.When Sanjeevan comes home to Amrita, it is too late.He tries to repay for his sins in a way which should be seen by all.
Smriti holds her own in a character where she seems to be the most appropriate choice.She has dubbed for the role herself and here she again plays a role where she is the figure who keeps everyone grounded on their feet or atleast tries to.Other than Amrita and Sanjeevan,we see the strained ties between the father and son which is a result of the way in which Sanjeevan has treated Amrita.It is a family drama with all the basic ingredients.It is a less of a love story because the relationship between Anirban and Anusree is not explored to that extent.However newcomer Sangeeta in her first role as a female lead(she has appeared in a bit role in Rehmat Ali) does impress in her role as Anusree and she transforms herself from a plain looking Jane into a glamorous form.She also holds her own against actors like Victor Banerjee.Mainak does a good job as Anirban as does Shreya Pandey as Jennifer, Sanjeevan’s love interest.Child artist Adrita Maity impresses and she has also sung a song in the film.
Unfortunately a few things remain unexplained.Jennifer tells her cell number to a guy by passing her cell phone to him and saying ‘Here is my number’!How is that possible?Also we don’t get to know how Sanjeevan meets his end and ends his life so unexpectedly.It seems to have been done very hurriedly!
Otherwise Amrita though a little too slow initially is a more or less okay dramatic film from Tapan Saha who has made a film after ages.