After “Mahulbonir Sereng” and “Krantikal”, “Kaaler Rakhal” is the concluding part of Sekhar Das’s Trilogy. The story of Kaaler Rakhal is based on Nilanjan Chattopadhyay’s “Du Number Ashami”. In this film Aparna Bose (Nandana Sen) comes to “rural” Bengal to discover the real beauty of Bengal and to make a documentary on the folk culture. There she meets with Subal (Parambrata), Rehan (Rudranil) who work in ‘Jatra’-s as “Bahurupees’. She meets with Kanika (Roopa Ganguly) who is a school teacher in that village and is the mistress of a party leader. Aparna slowly comes to know that Subal often accepts imprisonment as a proxy, for money. She insists him to leave this kind of job. But ironically Aparna was raped by the local goons and the party leaders find the only way “Subal”. But this time Subal refuses to take this charge on his shoulder and leaves his house. But he was found and again the party leaders force him to accept the charge and ultimately he commits suicide.
The subject of the film is undoubtedly new and much uncommon. This movie clearly reflects how the political parties use the goons for their own purpose and tortures the innocent villagers. Direction by Sekhar Das and cinematography by Premendra Bikash Chaki has made the film beautiful. All the actors – Nandana Sen, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rudranil Ghosh, Chandreyee Ghosh have performed brilliantly, Roopa Ganguly, Soumitra Chatterjee, Kunal Mitra, Saheb Chatterjee all are appropriate in their short but significant roles. All songs are beautiful and specially the folk songs like “Jole Na Jaiyo” are appropriately used in different circumstances. The Rabindrasangeet, “Tai Tomar Ananda Amar Por…” has also been used in this film.
Apart from all this the way this film has focused on grass-root corruption and exploitation is excellent. But the relationship between Chandreyee and Parambrata was neither needed nor significant in the context of the film. But this film is surely advisable to watch, but only to those who has the courage to see and understand the reality.