This is Subir Mondal’s debut film as director.
It clearly appears from the little of the film “Negative” that it deals with the life of a photographer Subhankar (Sudip Mukherjee) in the name of the photographer. He works for a daily newspaper. He does not like the type of photographs the news paper demands from him. He likes to shoot the life of common people and nature as it is. He even gets awarded for one such photograph. His wife (Aparajita Adhya) and his elder sister (Sreelekha Mukherjee) were quite proud of Subhankar.
And then appears a man (Partha Sarathi Deb) who preaches to Subhankar that the types of photographs he takes might have fetched awards, but not money. Subhankar listens but not reacts. But when the same man offers him a blank cheque to shoot with a glam model for his calendar he easily accepts the offer. The glam-model Rimi Ballav (Rupa Bhattacharya) enters the scenes and Subhankar, though married for 7 – 8 years, it appears that, he has seen a woman first in his life. He falls in love with Rimi and starts neglecting his family.
The film had started with a black frame only accompanying a audio track asking for a police help. Then we saw that probably a murder has been happened with a big knife and police was investigating thoroughly every corner of the house.
Then it went into the flash back. And finally it is revealed that the relationship between Subhankar and Rimi Ballav brings an acute family problem. One night drink Subhankar gets stubbed by the knife which was in the hands of his wife.
This is the story in nut-shell. The treatment in like a simple tele-play shot with a television camera. No background, all character act in the foreground. How everybody wonders such a story told in a video format is shown in an “International Film Festival”.
The story of the film is written by Narayan Patarti who happens to be the producer of the film. It appears from the producer’s note that Narayan Patari has a background of leftish movement. In this era of globalization in a left-run state even glamour photography is not a “sin” at all. Why Mr. Patari has such a peculiar reservation about the genre of photography is unanswered.