By Sarathi Guha(03 Apr 2008)
A picture of contemporary elite society, the film also portrays the inexorable power of density over human lives. Shankar, down on his luck, sells waste paper baskets. His acquaintance, Byron, a private detective talks to Mr. Marco Polo, the owner of Shajahan Hotel, to get Shankar a job as a typist. There Shankar meets Satya Sunder alias Saita Bose, an intelligent, humorous and deeply humane individual, who keeps himself detached from female advances. He befriends Shankar and helps him in his work. Shankar moves in to stay in the hotel. Marco is a mysterious character, authoritative as well as vulnerable, impatiently waiting for some news, which when it comes breaks him completely. Bose tells Shankar about various customers, one of them Mrs Pakrashi, a social worker by day and a prostitute by night. Her son Anindya ycomes to strike a deal with a German delegation. His uncle, Fokla agrees to reveal business secrets to Agarwala, a rival businessman. Anindya meets Karabi, Agarwala's hostess in the hotel. They fall in love. Despite the conspiracies, the agreement with the Germans is successful as Anindya gets help from Karabi. Mrs.Pakrashi opposes Anindya's decision to marry Karabi. She threatens Karabi and offers her money.At a weak moment Karabi shows her photographs which would revel her liasons to the world. Mrs. Pakrashi withdraws her oppositions but Karabi, torn by guilt and love for Bose commits suicide. Meanwhile, Bose and Sujata, an air hostess fall in love. Bose resigns to leave for Bombay with her. Fokla and Agarwala buy the hotel from Marco and Shankar is one of the employees to be sacked. In Bombay, Sujata shows Bose their new flat. Before leaving for her last flight, she gives the flat keys to him. Soon after the flight takes off, the plane catches fire. Shankar gets a letter from Bose telling the death news of Sujata. Bose is leaving to join Marco's new hotel on the African coast. The film ends with a lonely, broken Bose on the sea-beach.