Chowrasta – means four roads crossing.
In Anjan Dutt’s film it means Darjeeling Mall, where 4 set of characters come and go, and of course there happens change of hearts of those characters.
What are those 4 set of characters?
1. An old tea planter (Victor Banerjee) who smokes pipe, drinks and writes poems for his dead wife and behaves like a Buddhist monk. Even one of the character asks him, “…are you a monk?”
2. Deepak (Saswata Chatterjee) a Bengali teacher of Darjeeling St. Paul’s School. His divorced wife Nandana Sen (Roopa Ganguly), who is a Bollywood starlet, her 10 year old son Rick (Neil Bose) and her current boyfriend Jojo (Arijit Dutt), who believes Deep is the real husband of Nandana.
Nandana is suffering from cancer, which is revealed much later in the film, tries to persuade Deep after 12 years to take care of her only son, who Deep feels, is a rotten brat. Nandana has come to Darjeeling only for this. Deep believes Nandana is not actually suffering from cancer, it’s a drama only.
3. Sunny (Naved) and Rita (Aparajit Ghosh Das) are recently married against the will of their parents and they have come to Darjeeling. Rita discovers her Punjabi boyfriend-turned-husband only want to sit in their garage and pass the rest of his life on papa’s money. He has no wish to do any ‘respectable’ job according to Rita. She wants to break the relationship, but Sunny accepts the fact it is impossible for him to become another Rabindranath Tagore, even if Rita leaves him rather he would accept the pain.
4. Kenny (Atul Kulkarni) is the carrier of RDX for a terrorist party. He wants to leave
Darjeeling but he has no money. Though he carries a gun with he is so coward to rob any shop for the minimum money he needs to go back to Bhutan. Instead he bursts into tears in a mall-loo. Rather he prefers to kidnap Rick and asks ransom from Nandana.
Kenny and Sunny accidentally meets the old tea planter somewhere in Darjeeling. After getting monky advice from the old man, Kenny decides to “fly” away and returns Rick to her mother without ransom. And Sunny sings a heart rendering song (sung by Kunal Ganjawala) in a Darjeeling pub where Rita was sipping whisky alone. Rita understand Sunny’s love and Sunny decides to join an advertising agency for a “respectable” job.
After a brief discussion with Nandana, Deep feels sorry and accept Rick as his guardian.
The old man sees everything from a safe distance and finds that mountain does not return anybody empty handed, it brings back love in the mind.
Anjan has tried desperately to make a smooth collage of the 4 sets of characters, but the blending, is not like Darjeeling Tea. It larks finesse. Screenplay is as rough as rocky mountain body.
Saswata, Victor and Atul have done tremendous job. Mainak and Arghyakamal as editor and creative consultant both have tried to make the film as slow as possible. A laid-down feeling is all through there. But it fails to give a real impact.