Kanoj Das in not only the director of this newly released film, he is also the story and screenplay writer. I have never heard of this director before, so I am unable to say whether it is his debut film or not. But Kanoj Das has taken a serious subject for his film.
Though the film is very badly made, but as an awareness film it has a definite value. “Rangamati” is meant for the village people. It has tried to aware village people about some wrong myths regarding witch. Our Fire Brigade Minister Pratim Chatterjee has understood the seriousness of the content of the film and probably for that reason he has agreed to act in this film as Ashim Babu, Chief of a N.G.O.
The back drop of the story is a distant village in the district of Bankura. Parul, wife of Babulal, is harassed and beaten by her mother-in-law as she is unable top produce a child even after 3 years of marriage. Babulal’s mother insist him to get rid of his Parul. She is ready to arrange another girl for marriage. But Babu Lal disagrees. But Parul’s story is not only the story of “Rangamati”. There is chief (morol moshai) is the village enacted by Soumitra Cattopadhyay, grabs the lands of common people by first killing them and then declaring his widow as a witch. He has a sidekick enacted by Partha Sarathi Deb. In declaring the woman as a witch he takes support of the gunin (Ramen Majumdar). The chief has also a team of goons who help him in doing in all the misdeeds.
Parul beaten by gunin tried to escape and jumped into the river. The villagers thought she was dead, but she was rescued by village hospital’s doctor Dr. Sen (Kunal Mitra). Dr. Sen not only rescued her but also recovered Parul from her trauma. But the night before she had to leave with her husband Babu Lal (Amitabha Bhattacharya), Parul entered the room of Dr. Sen and begged him to give her a child so that she could live a peaceful life with her mother-in-law. Before that after medical testing both Dr. Sen and Parul (Sangeeta) were aware that, the problem of not having child lied with Babu Lal, but not with Parul. Dr. Sen was unable to refuse Parul that night. Next morning Parul left the hospital with Babu Lal knowing that she would be a mother very soon.
This part of the story seems very bold. Parul’s decision to become mother by Dr. Sen is still questionable. Because, it remained unclear to the villagers that even the male member of the couple could be responsible for not having a child. This awareness should have been promoted.
This film ends in a happy note. The villagers came to know that “witch” is myth created by selfish people. Parul also becomes mother. She gave a handful of dust of Rangamati to Dr. Sen as a memento before he left the place after being transferred to city.
The film is very badly made. But still carries some weight only become it has some purpose.