By Sarathi Guha(10 May 2008)
Bimal is visited by his family and his friend in his Darjeeling house. Anita,his elder son Nirmal's wife takes good care of them,spending most of her time in the kitchen. Brojen,the managing director of a tea estate and Bimal's friend, irritates everyone,especially Nirmal,with his stories of his guru's miracles and his overenthusiasm for food.Anita also keeps on trying to convience Syamlal, her brother- in- law and Sunita, her sister to marry Nirmal . Shyamlal and Sunita grow to like each other and Anita enthusiastically declares the alliance to Bimal. Meanwhile,torrential rain makes it impossible for Ram,the servant, to get much food from the nearly closed market.That night the rains stops. Suddenly all the inmates of the house are jolted out of their sleeps by a terrible earthquake. Power is cut off and most of the things inside the house is broken. Nirmal goes out to discover that Ram's house and orchard has been destroyed in a landslide.The next morning they discovered that the wooden bridge which connected them to the world was lying broken.Soon,there is serious shortage of food.Tempers flare as Nirmal and Brojen have a wild argument. Nirmal tries to climb down the mountain to get help,slips and is saved by Shyamlal. But he's injured and starts having optical illusions. His demand for food leaves Anita fasting, infuriating Nirmal. Anita becomes week and even faints. Shyamlal tries to climb down the mountain alone but his nerves fail when he sees a dead body stuck in the rocks. He sees Anita drink the water washing a milk powder packet. Nirmal shouts at Brojen insulting him sorely. Anita and Shyamlal try to control him but fail. Anita cries out in anger to reavel the truth behind their apparently happy marriage. Brojen,driven nearly insane by hunger, tries to walk out during the night. Shyamlal has to knock him unconcious to bring him back to his room. Sunita feeds her share of rice to Anita who tells her not to trust anyone, Brojen on Shyamlal. Bimal contemplates suicide with sleeping pills. Everyone is shocked out of stuper by sounds of gun shots. Nirmal shoots birds in the hope of roasting them. When Shyamlal tries to stop him, he points the gun at him saying that soon the only way out would be cannibalism. A shocked and desparate Shyamlal begins to try to climb down the mountain again with the horrified Suni watching. At this moment relief comes making arrangments for the family's rescue. Hope dawns on everyone.