Tapan Dutta’s ‘Bhorer Pakhi’ is a familiar story about a woman who is much sinned and looked down upon by the entire society.
The film which is a social drama is about the central character Pakhi whose family is in dire straits. Her father was never of much use, elder brother is selfish, younger brother is an alcoholic and the youngest sister is about to appear for her H.S.The need for money is immense and Pakhi decides to do something about it .She becomes a sex worker after she comes in contact with a pimp one day. Then starts her ordeal.
It seems as if the entire society looks down on her which includes a few of her family members as well. One day she comes across Subha Ranjan Dutta, noted author who turns out to be an unique client. He is not interested in going to bed with her, but wants to listen to her life story. Thus starts Pakhi’s story. She pours her heart out to Subha.It seems as if all men in this world barring Subha wanted to use her and dump her. It includes her lecherous landlord, his son who is a ruffian, her guruji, her boyfriend too who wanted to desert her according to her as he wanted to work and settle abroad. There is a shocking twist to the tale in the end!
Though one can understand the ordeal that Pakhi faces in the hands of all men, one simply can’t understand how her boyfriend Ashim makes her suffer. It is a very normal thing for someone to get a job and settle abroad. Where is the exploitation factor? Is it the Bengali sentiment or is the point of settling abroad rather than somewhere in India which is not acceptable? God knows.
The film seems to be like a film of Kanoj Das as the story is somewhat on predictable lines. In fact, the film even features his wife Sangita Sanyal as Pakhi’s sister-in-law. The film starts off well, but then it tends to drag and becomes a tad too slow.The story has a meaning and relevance, but the twist in the tale becomes a little too much. Also we are meant to understand that Subha is a novelist plus a businessman as well. Then the sequence involving Pakhi’s mother and the massage parlour doubling as a prostitution pad is confusing.
These films start off well, but somewhere they start losing it. Regarding performances, Srilekha stands out as Pakhi and has acted well. So has Manoj Mitra as the lecherous landlord.Rajatabha plays his part.
One just hoped that the film could have been without the twist or a couple of particular sequences. It would have been better.