• Antaheen, the second offering from director Aniruddha Roy Choudury is again about relationships, but this time of a different kind. It is a story of Abhik Choudhury (Rahul Bose), a top cop who becomes a more known face after he helps to recover arms from terrorists connected to the Bangalore blast. He is unmarried and stays with his aunt Moni (Sharmila Tagore) who’s also unmarried like him. Both of them are lonely souls and she has also something in common with Abhik. Just like Abhik becomes close to his chat friend whom he has never meet and confides in her, his aunt had also become close to an unknown caller 20-22 years back who used to call everyday and they used to speak about everything, but they never had met and he completely stopped calling one day. Abhik is extremely close to his cousin Ranoda (Kalyan Roy), a happy go lucky man and his wife Paro (Aparna Sen) who separated from him yet he is very close to him. Paro and Rano are very close to each other. Abhik’s chat friend turns out to be none other than Brinda (Radhika Apte) who is a reporter working under Paro at Star Ananda. Abhik bares his soul to his “chat friend” and vice versa though they never meet nor have any idea about each other’s identity. Abhik meets Brinda at a party through Paro and they immediately start arguing as he had refused to entertain her when she had called up. Abhik drops Brinda after a party at Ranoda’s house and from then on they stay in touch. Thet start liking each other though they remain formal to each other. Paro decides to shift to Mumbai and Abhik and Brinda discuss this as well as the relationship between Paro and Ranoda. Brinda gets involved with an case she is investigating , but Abhik tells her not to get so involved. One day when she is out working late at night due to that case, Abhik calls her up and utters a particular phrase while conversing which assures Brinda that Abhik is actually her “chat friend” though Abhik is unaware. Unfortunately she meets with an accident on the way and expires. Paro moves to Mumbai.
Antaheen is a beautiful film about various relationships and lonely souls though it has its flaws. Rahul Bose is too “super” as a cop, but honestly speaking he has shown intensity in the role that he has played to perfection. Aparna Sen as Paro is excellent as is Kalyan Roy as Ranoda in his own small way. Sharmila Tagore as Moni is Ok. The star of the show is however Radhika Apta as Brinda Roy Menon as the reporter of Star Ananda. She proves that she is a seasoned actress from the world of theatre and she is definitely a person to look out for in the future. The director has given a new meaning and an insight into relationships which are so diverse yet so humane and yet they are so “away” from each other. In this case it is the relationship between Paro and Rano and Abhik and Brinda. Well one can say that such relationships should exist for a long time and this kind of relationships give a new richness to life. The “phone ring” relating to Moni (Sharmila Tagore) has also been shown beautifully. However one cant understand how a director like Aniruddha Roy Choudhury could go wrong by showing a DCDD driving his own car at the night and he is a also shown using a Blackberry. Now which cop have we known or seen to use such expensive cars of phones of that stage of life? It is not possible if one is a public servant.