There are several Bengali films which are nowadays being made revolving around relationships. This is one subject which Bengali filmmakers are slowly becoming a master in making. Someone who started the trend a couple of years back with the very beautiful national winning Antaheen, director Aniruddha Roychoudhury is back with his latest film called Aparajita Tumi-yet another film beginning with 'A' and dealing with multifarious relationships.
The film which is based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay called 'Dui Nari Hate Tarabari’.The film is centralized on two N.R.I couples who stay in the U.S and are friends. While Pradip and Kuhu have two kids, Ranojoy and Ushahi have no issues. There seems to be some kind of incompatibility between Pradip and Kuhu and maybe that is what makes him look for attention somewhere else and hence he gets attracted Ushashi and towards other certain forms of distractions. He seems to lack some kind of confidence in comparison to his wife which is why Kuhu appears to be a stronger character in comparison. Also it seems that Kuhu‘s marriage was sort of forced.she had a Bangladeshi boyfriend Yousuf who again appears in her life and brings back the forgotten past in her life. On the other hand you have Ronojoy who is a disinterested soul who is only interested in making money, drinking and has no plans of starting a family. His casual approach towards dealing with the even harshest truths of life is something to watch out for.Ushashi is beautiful, yet somehow she has landed up in the U.S forgoing her ambitions of becoming an actress which she regrets. She is able to give Pradip the attention that he is looking for and also to get something else out of life setting aside her misery. It is this factor which brings Pradip and Ushashi for a short while together.Kuhu does leave Pradip and goes away taking her two kids without knowing who the other lady is , but does come back to him when he falls sick and undergoes an operation for a brain tumour.She does not have any animosity towards Ushashi when she comes to know that Ushashi was the other woman.Ushashi also goes away without meeting Pradip having being resigned to her fate.
The film does make the couples return to each other and sort of reconcile. It is predictable, yet mature. The film has been beautifully shot by ace cinematographer Ranjan Palit.We have already got a more than vivid description of San Francisco. This has been shot entirely in the U.S and this is something remarkable about Bengali films. The two lead actresses-south Indian Padmapriya and Kamalinee (a Bengali from Kolkata who has acted in several South Indian films) are top notch. Both are so natural.Padmapriya looks a lot like Mahie Gill, but a little softer. It seems as if factors like illness, death reunite or reconcile people as everyone foregoes all the undoing of the past to live life of whatever is left of it. We require to see more of Kamalinee as well.Chandan Roy Sanyal’s portrayal of carefree Ranojoy is a delight to watch! Here is one more guy we need to look out for! Prasenjit’s role as Pradip is more of restrain thannothing anything else. Here is a man who is caught between two women and is at a crossroad. He has to take a call, but finally somehow his illness decides things for him. The way he looks at other women in restaurants, the way he is seduced, the way he plays the piano is all very good, however there might be a few people who might think he is the weak link in the film.Kalyan Roy who was a revelation in Antaheen is limited to playing the part of Kuhu’s mentally deranged uncle. His role is limited and there is no scope for him to really act much, however he does create an impression in the very few minutes of screen time that he gets in the film. The music by Shantanu Moitra is quite nice though the music of Antaheen was maybe a little better.
We get to hear American accents, flawless Bengali, the Bangladeshi(or East Bengali accent) in this film which all seem to be natural and not put on!
Aniruddha (Tony) Roychoudhury again comes up with a nice, little film.