This is the latest cinematic adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Mother which was has been previously made as Mother, a 1926 Russian film and in 1983 as Ma, a film by Utpal Dutt where Sova Sen played Ma and Utpal Dutt her son. This particular film has complete unknown playing the lead roles of Nilovna and her son Pavel along with the supporting cast (though there are a couple of established names from the world of theatre like Gautam Haldar and Dwijen Banerjee).Above all, in other films a female actress has always played the role of Nilovna, but the most shocking part over here is that Nilovna is played by a male actor Gautam Mukherjee.He completely overshadows everyone else with his performance and simply seeing the performance is believing what even unknown names are even capable of doing. As Nilovna, a woman who bears the torture of her husband and then quietly sees her son undergo a tremendous change and takes over her son’s role in uplifting the cause for which he was fighting(though being illiterate she had become so inspired and involved), Gautam Mukherjee is stunning. Never for once do you feel and come to understand that you are watching a male actor playing a lady’s role.Bravo! Bravo! Special mention must be mentioned of Samaresh Basu as young Pavel who has also performed very creditably. All the actors other than Dwijen Banerjee and Gautam Haldar are part of a theatre group called Souvik Sanskritik Chakra based at Dakshineswar and have been active for more than 30 years.