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Kaalbela  (2009 - Bengali)

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  • rahul sengupta
    rahul senguptawrote on Jan 16 2009 5:45PM

    Animesh Mitra is simpleton who arrives at Calcutta from Jalpaiguri, during the hostile times (1967) for studying at the Scottish Church College. He is scheduled to take refuge at the residence of his father’s friend Mr. Debabrata, but accidentally gets shot in his limb only to end up at the National Medical College. Eventually things move on and Animesh makes deep friendship with Debabrata’s daughter Neela. He takes admission in the M.A classes of Scottish Church College on Bengali Literature and ultimately becomes intertwined with the unresting times of the youth intellect. He turns to become a Communist under the mentorship of Ramen and Subash Sen, but after a year he feels that their party (B.P.S.F) has been deviating from the idols of building up an egalitarian society. With the idealistic ideas of Subhash Sen and others Animesh rediscover himself as a hardcore Naxalite, rampaging the interiors of Northern West Bengal. In the meantime Animesh gets ripped up between his ideals and his love (Madhabilata). Madhabilata gets pregnant without getting married while Animesh abandons her for greater idealism. Animesh’s room mate the unquenchable poet Tridip, accompanies him with a dreamy vision of a noncompartmentalized nation. But outrageous planning leads the Naxalite movement to be a tragic demise. Subash Sen and other leaders get slaughtered by the brutal Congressian Police. Tridip is shot dead infront of Animesh’s eyes and Animesh is tortured by the state to search an extent, that he becomes crippled. His nervous systems (below and from the hips) breaks down completely making him a man who can sit and stagger. Amongst all these bettering Madhabilata gives birth to a baby boy (Arka). Neela stands beside Madhabilata like a wall and delivers immense support. Finally in 1975, the Left Front Government decides to release each and every political prisoner and a devastated Animesh comes out from jail custody after meeting minister Sudip (his compatriot during his days at the Scottish). The film ends a silver lining when Animesh unites with his estranged family in a slum (wife and son) with nothing to vie for, but with a spark of hope against aghast capitalism and return back to mainstream with a new theology.


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