By Divya Solgama(22 May 2008)
The film Kari Diye Kinlam is set in the backdrop of preindependent India. People of Bengal specially the men were preparing themselves into perfect human beings, free from all possible prejudices. They were not to be purchased or influenced by money. This film has subject matter from the 1920s till the middle of 1940s. Empowered with strong beliefs this film reaches out to one and all in getting the message across loud and clear. Human beign's natural state is to be happy and the satisfaction in life is an attempt to measure happiness. Two moderate young women Lakhi and Sati face the ultimate dillema of being happy in their respective lives. Lakhi’s preoccupation with her groom forced her to be on the other side of life. To look after her brain-sick husband she becomes involved with another man for money. In the mean time her sister Sati is irritated with her husband and strict mother-in-law leaves her in-law’s house in a total confused state of mind. Dipu, an educated boy, isan ideal instance, a perfect embodiment of a male figure, following the middle path. Dipu is trapped for taking bribe which he had actually taken as a loan was cheated by Sati’s in-laws who had actually been cheated by their lawyer. Now, the mentor of Lakhi, a dishonest businessman suddenly tries to kill her which is foiled by her own adolescent son Manash and in turn becomes lunatic, while her brain-sick husband recovers from his disease with a fine stroke of luck. Sati’s too-good-a-husband reveals his masculine self and brings his wife back to her place. Here, the different variables towards the optimal state of affairs proposes an answer which seems both theoretically well founded and in agreement with psychological and sociological observations of the factors that correlate with happiness. Lakhi, whose name itself symbolise wealth and happiness, lies down her life and the film ends with an analysis that people are happy when they are in control and feel competent to satisfy their needs and can reach their goals.