Suman Mukherjee’s current film Mahanagar@Kolkata which is based on a story by Nabarun Bhattacharya (who had also written Herbert) is based on three stories in the metropolis which somewhat seem to be connected to each other. At least two stories are definitely connected to each other as certain situations in life can bring even people of two different classes together.
Manmatha spends an entire night in the state hospital as a distant relative Rohit is admitted over there. He meets Jagadish, a lower middle man who strikes up a friendship with him. A violent street conflict makes both of them shift to Manmatha’s car where they spend the night.
Biren is a jobless, elderly man hailing from a lower middle man who is always suffering from a sense of insecurity maybe primarily because of his own failures. He lives on dole and is always seen asking the same question to everyone-‘I have nothing to fear. Do I?’. No matter whatever anyone tells him, his fear refuses to go. One day actually when some goons joke with him and ask him to hold their gun to his head and tell him to push the trigger though nothing would happen to him as all the bullets had been emptied, that is precisely that is when Biren’s fears turn into reality as a bullet had remained and that takes his life.
Rohit and Rongili are a well off couple, but their marriage is an unhappy one. Things don’t click and they separate.Rohit gets frustrated and starts drinking heavily one day and that damages his health and he has a blackout. He lands up in the hospital.
This film captures moments of Kolkata which though known to us are rarely visible to us because few directors care to capture such moments .Rupam’s numbers as well the background music is appropriate for the film.Anjan Dutt as Manmatha and Biplab Chatterjee as Jagadish are very good and so is Chandan Roy Sanyal as Rohit in his first Bengali film after his success in Kaminey.Rituparna doesn’t have too much to do like Srilekha and though the director tried to project Srilekha ‘s character as different simply because he has made Srilekha don a new look as never seen before complete with retro glasses, it really doesn’t suit her and she really needs to shed a lot of weight before doing such roles. The star of the show is definitely as Arun Mukherjee, the famous theatre actor who is extremely natural and effortless as Biren, the jobless, elderly paranoid man.