By Sarathi Guha(03 Apr 2008)
Satarupa Sanyal is a filmmaker known for making a feminist film like Anu though she certainly can't be branded as one. Over here she makes a compelling film about a group of students and their struggle during the Naxal movement. The backdrop is the Naxal movement which inspires this group comprising of Sunil (Rabi Shankar Pandey), the central character of the film, Dibyendu (Tapas Pal), Dibakar (Palab Kirtaniya), Gopal (Ashoke Vishwanathan), Sanjoy (Badshah Maitra) and others. During their days in college, they are highly inspired by the movement and they all want to be a part of it. They want to start a revolution and create a sense of nationalisation in the minds of the working class so that the entire community may get inspired to revolt against the ruling class - the bureaucrats. In this group Sunil is the most charged one, and he badly wants to become a hardcore naxalite. His thoughts differ from that of his father, an ex-partyman who thinks that the system has changed. The group decides to go underground to pursue their activities. Meanwhile Tapas Pal (Dibyendu) gets killed by the police. Dibakar is asked to operate from Calcutta. Dibayendu has a sister who loves Sunil, but he asks her to marry Dibakar as it would not be possible for him to persue a normal life and his struggle for the movement had just begun. One day Sunil is brought to his house on a false pretext of his father being sick.He is arrested by the police on reaching home and realises he has been betrayed by the other members of his group mainly Dibakar, Gopal anf Sanjay. He gets the impression that it is Dibakar who has betrayed him. Years pass and he comes back to his house from jail. He finds that his comrades are far removed from what they had set out to achieve and are now all established in life. He starts taking revenge by finishing them one by one. After killing Gopal and Sanjay, he finally manages o locate Dibakar. However he comes to know the actual truth from Dibakars wife, Meera and realises that Dibakar is not the actual traitor. Dibakar is now paralysed for life. He lets Dibakar go and himself goes away never to return. Rabi Shankar Pandey as Sunil has given a commandable perfromance as a highly motivated youth who sticks to his views and idealogy in order to fulfil his mission for revival of a new Bengal. Chiranjeet also features in a little cameo as a school teacher who acts as a mentor for the group.