Mela is a simple tale of some villagers during affair yet with a tragic twist. When Bishu and his nephew Ratan arrive from the city during Rash Purnima to set up a, a snacks stall selling Bengali delicacies, at first they encounter few problems, but then all is well.Ratan sees Alta(niece of Brojomohan who runs a successful sweet shop) one day and it is love at first sight for both of them. They keep on meeting everyday without anyone getting to know. We also see the daily lives of some other people like Hriday and Kali who sell earthenware.Hriday who is sober during day time becomes a drunkard at night. We see Bishu becoming very good friends with Tarini khuro as they have a lot to share. Bonding and entertainment or in general life has a different meaning for the people of the village. For them the annual fair is not only a place of social gathering, but also a place of entertainment where for example the annual Jatra takes place during this time. It offers us a glimpse into their lives, of the day to day problems. We become a part of their happy times as well as their sad times. When Ratan proposes marriages to Alta and decides to set up a shop where rolls and sweets would be sold, Alta readily agrees. But their happiness is shortlived.The next day Ratan discovers in the morning that she has been branded a witch and she had been tied with a rope by her uncle who refused to let her flee. When she talks about their future publicly, Ratan is too shocked at the outcome of the event to say anything and she is taken away by her uncle to undergo treatment at a hospital.
This film has been made by Dhananjoy Mandal, an award winning filmmaker of documentaries and short films. Honestly speaking, had the end been not so tragic, the film would have seemed to be better. Nevertheless, it is an excellent film with very good performances from the entire cast and it has portrayed a very true picture of the lives of the rural people and of what transpires during these annual fairs .The director has been able to show things so realistically because he has been a part of many a fair like the one in the film during his childhood.