After “Anuranan”, ANiruddha Roy Coudhury has made another film with ‘A’ – “Antaheen”, released this Friday.
Like “Anuranan” here also Aniruddha is trying to define man-woman relationship. We have seen three pairs of man-woman in this film.
First pair is Paromita (Aparna Sen) and Ranjan (Kalyan Roy) – who though married stay separately.
Second pair is Mr. Mehra and his wife Shalini (Mita Bashist) – who are married and stay together but like two different separated islands floating on the same sea.
And the third pair is Abhik (Rahul Bose) and Brinda (Radhika Apte) – though thet don’t’ know each other, they are in love. Abik is the cop and Brinda is a television journalist. They fall in love – rather this is a cyber love, they are internet chat friend. They chat over night without knowing their original name and identity. But Abhik and Brinda meet with their real name and identity while Brinda wanted to interview the cop for her news channel. Though the three pairs have different kinds of man-woman relationship – they have a close connection in the screenplay written by Shyamal Sengupta.
Ranjan is the cousin brother of Abhik and Paromita is a Marketing Executive of the same news channel where Brinda works. Thus in a candle-lit birthday celebration of Ranjan, we see all the four chatacters – Paromita, Ranjan, Abhik and Brinda – though both Abhim and Brinda even then do not know they love each other not knowing their original identity.
The third pair makes a close circle by Brinda tries to investigate the illegalities of Mehra’s latest real estate business being a cop Abhik tells Brinda not to dig too much as Mehra can do anything. After Brinda meets Mehra we come to know that Mehra had a daughter who died in a road accident and that is the clue of the strained relationship between Mehra and his wife Shalini.
Both Abhik and Brinda discovers at the end that they are the internet-lovers but then it was too late.
There is also a fourth pair – where there is the Pishi (Sharmila Tagore) and telephonic male voice. Pishi didn’t married – why nobody knows, but when Abhik asks her about her love-life she narrated the love-story between her and the unknown male. Aniruddha has tried all probable types of man-woman relationship – but at the end of the day the film “Antaheen” remains pile of verbose without any conclusion or a definite answer. It remains only as a case-study.
Abhik Mukherjee’s Camera work, Argyakamal Mitra’s Editing and Shantanu Moitra’s Music have enriched the film, have helped the director to say what he wants to say.