Palatak, a new film releasing this week is nothing to with the film of 1963 vintage. Though the name might be similar, however the story is completely different and hence a remake. The new ‘Palatak’ is a film based on a story ‘’Aaguner Ulti’ written by the late Nabendu Ghosh. The only similarity or connection betwen the two films-the current version has been directed by Nihal,a protege of Tarun Majumdar who had directed the older version.
‘Palatak' or the 'Runaway’ is about Nilkanto who goes through a traumatic childhood. His mother runs away with someone and his father becomes stoical. He runs awy from his tyrannical uncle and aunt and joins a Yatra group where he soon becomes the centre of attraction with his performances. The daughter of the Yatra even falls in love with him, but he runs away. He lands up in Ishanpur and comes across Srinath and his wife who start treating him as his own child. He starts registering dead bodies at a crematorium. Moti, Srinath’s daughter loves him and vice versa but again he wants to run away from everyone , including himself. Fate finally brings him in front of his father when his father expires. Again he goes and joins the Yatra Group, but this time he has Moti with him. He is no longer on the run.
Though Palatak might mean Runaway or even an ‘escapist’ whichever way you might look at it, however somehow the lead character of this film is more of an escapist and less of a runaway . It also seems as if all women irrespective of their age fall in love with Nilkanto who seems to be quite a ladies man without trying to be one! However the lead pair, newcomers Jayanta Chatterjee and Suchandra Banerjee have done a fairly decent job and able to maintain their innocence in their characters. Jayanta’s wig however looks a little ridiculous. The message however does go through when there is love there can be no caste, barrier or creed or even if there is no love, people should not be segregated on the basis of their caste or any other factors. The attempt by first time director Nihal is however satisfactory.