Somnath Sen has always made films in the past like ‘Ei Aranye’, ‘Simanto Periye’, ‘Bhalo Meye Mondo Meye’ and others which have social messages of various kinds . His latest film ‘Antare Bahire’ however doesn’t exactly have a social message , but is interesting because it tries to say something indirectly through a character who plays a major role in the film.
The film is about an urban couple Dipto and Riddhi who have turned incompatible for several reasons. They hardly have time for themselves, forget about time for each other. They have high flying corporate jobs and they have no time to breathe. Also what worsens things is that both of them are involved with their colleagues, Dipto with Shruti and Riddhi with Arjun Ahuja , her boss. There is a particular character called Khushi who comes in to their life out of the blue like a breath of fresh air. She claims to be their relative and initially Dipto can’t even stand her. She later on persuades both of them to go to Palashpur(they have memories there and Dipto is sent there for a project) and spend quality time with each other when they are undergoing their divorce. The couple again come close to each other and their love for each other is revived, but when they come back, the main source of them getting back together is gone. It seems as if Khushi is like an angel who comes to know the problems of such couples like magic, visits them and also disappears before they can express their gratitude.
The film doesn’t start off on a positive note as the performances of the lead pair plus the story isn’t up to the mark at all, however things start getting better once Debasree as Khushi enters the scene. The story starts getting somewhere and so do the performances including that of Aviraj and Mouboni as it seemed to be all amateurish before that. Newcomer Chitrangada Chakrabarty as Shruti deserves a mention. She is much better than her elder sister Ritabhari Chakrabarty. Jack as Arjun Ahuja is okay as is the music of the film. The director perhaps wanted to tell incompatible couples that give your marriage a chance before you separate or divorce as a character like Khushi can be found in a film, not in real life.