"Angshumaner Chhobi" is a journey of four people through the making of a film. The film "Angshumaner Chhobi" is a "film by Angshuman", it tells us the story of making of the film.
Angshuman left Kolkata eight years back, without even completing his graduation. He went to a film school in Milan and, after making some documentaries there, he is now quite famous in his field. His teacher in India had asked Angshuman why he would have to go to Italy to learn film-making. Angshuman replied that he had not got a scholarship elsewhere. His teacher made a comment wondering whether, after the bulk of doctors and engineers going abroad to learn more about science and medicine, it was now the turn of film makers. At the same time he had asked Angshumaan to make at least one Bengali film in his film career.
These words of his teacher probably had a lasting impression on Angshuman. He was motivated to write a script based on the life of a renowned artist and his nurse. The artist is suffering from loss of memory after an eye surgery, and right now he is in a pretty bad condition. The other character is an uncouth, almost uneducated, attendant who looks after him. She does not understand an artist’s world of creativity and intellect.
For this film, Angshuman also had in his mind the actors he wanted to cast. One of the actors was a lady who had received the national award for her debut film. And for the portrayal of the 72 year old artist, he thought of the legendary actor Prodyut Mukherjee. But when Angshuman came back to India to make his film, he realized that both these actors were now isolated from the world of cinema.
Prodyut, once a legend in Bengali cinema, had been feeling for some time that there was nothing new that he had to offer as an artist. He was acting in the same monotonous roles for some time, the father of the hero and the heroines, when he started seeing a nightmare. A makeup man would come to him every night in his dreams, and ask him to follow him leaving everything behind; it was an allegory of death. And this nightmare was so disturbing to him that he quit working in the films. Hence, for the last few years, Prodyut was no longer in touch with the film industry.
The other actor that Angshuman thought as his cast was the lady, who was once a National award winner, but thereafter surprisingly left no other significant contribution in the film industry, other than dancing around the trees in some commercial films. In view of a very disturbing personal life, mood swings and tantrums, her film career did not shine. Now she worked in the popular theater. She had no connection with the film world either.
When Angshuman started working with these two actors who were almost lost in time, he faced a series of upheavals, the most serious of which was a suicide. And as the story advanced, the suicide turned into a homicide. Things get so worse that it looked like Angshuman would probably not be able to finish his film. But he was very determined to finish his project.