An English professor’s (Soumitra Chattopadhyay) earthly life is governed by his astrological beliefs. As per astrology he would die at 75 and his son would live much longer and the educated professor believes that by heart. In 2010, director Pinaki Chowdhury has made a film revolves this man, and the name of the film is “Arohon”.
The professor lives with his wife (Sandhya Roy) and his only son (Siddhartha Chatterjee). After long pause it is nice to see Sandhya Roy on screen, though her role in the film is very insignificant.
At one point professor’s son fell ill and his condition became critical. The doctors suggested to contact experts. But the professor denied because as per astrology his son had a longer life.
When the son married a non-Brahmin girl, professor did not give the permission, and so the son left home and his parents to live a separate life with his wife (Tulika Basu). Now then there was a time lapse of say 20 to 25 years probably. As the professor reaches 75 years he decides to go to Benaras and live the last one month of the life in the holy town.
In the meantime his grand son has become a total young man. He meets his grand-parents and decides to go along with them to Benaras. And the three reaches at Benaras in no-time.
The next part of the story happens in Benaras. In the same house, three people from a Bihar village also are there. An elderly woman, who has come to spend her last one month there, with his son (Rajesh Sharma) and her daughter-in-law (Rituparna Sengupta). Her son and daughter-in-law are not in goes terms. And very soon the girl falls in love with the grand son of the professor.
In the meantime the professor has learnt that his son is dead. For the first time professor has some doubt on astrology. And further he discovered that every after one month stay in Banaras there is no sign of his own death. This time he totally loses all the faith in astrology.
By this time the old lady from Bihar village dies and her daughter-in-law become pregnant by the professor’s grand son. So the husband of the daughter-in-law leaves her and goes back to his village alone, leaving his wife back in Benaras.
Now, the professor starts believing that he has to change his mindset and decides to go back. He accepts the relationship between his grand-son and his lady love.
The film is of the old-school type with a story if the early 50’s of the last century. Only thing to watch is the performance of the grand-old Soumitra Chattopadhyay. It is only for him the film is tolerable to some extent.