By Sarathi Guha(03 Apr 2008)
In hindu dharma, marriage is viewed as a sacrament and not a contract, a life-long commitment of wife and husband. The bride and groom takes the sapta-padi or seven steps together before God, the radiant one, symbolized by fire and light. This award winnig film 'Saat pake bandha', depicts the reality behind the magical relationship between the husband and wife. Archana is the colouful girl of a most learned father but of a mother who is more concerned about the worldly affairs. Sukhendu is an educated young man with an angry image and they get to know each other through a minor incident in an over-crowded city bus. Archana, develops herself ? a lover of this angry young man who is a professor too. As it happens, Archana’s father who himself was an educationist was highly interested in accepting Sukhendu as his daughter’s groom, but Sukhendu’s paltry, monthly income as well as his saint like mind set up, was coming in the way of the marriage between the two of the most different families. This part of the film categorically illustrates the then plight of the teachers and professors of Bengal. Since the marriage of these two young minds, it became obvious that Archana and Sukhendu were drifting apart from each of them. Sukhendu was unable to read his wife’s mind deeply and Archana is trying hard to appease her husband through all possible means but without much result. With Archana’s mother’s intention to see her married daughter more happily established in her family-life, it causes more drift in the lives of her daughter and her groom. Sukhendu, the more radical amongst the two took all such initiative as a prestige issue, goes directly against Archana and their relationship falls apart and finally Archana divorced Sukhendu offically, though inwardly they were attached to each other. The film ends with a sorrowful note and Archana became lonely and kept waiting for her Sukhendu to return to her life.