A Little Disappointment...
Shinjini Sengupta who had previously acted in ‘Sathi Aamar Bondhu Tomar’ has acted in ‘Sara Raat’ which is a film which is quite different from her first film. Here the film is based on the novel by noted author Sailajananda Mukhopadhay.
Sankar, a school drop out, stays in a village with his mother. He is constantly helping others in many ways, but does nothing to make his own ends meet. His mother also wants to get married to a uneducated girl as it will be easier for her to get along with such a girl rather than an educated girl.Sankar fixes his own marriage with Indrani, an educated girl who has money , but Dasuda, the ‘Ghatak’ who fixes his marriage with Indrani mispresents facts. As a result, things are not okay from the day of marriage and Indrani and her mother-in-law don’t get along together. A particular event occurs on the reception which is why Sankar is even arrested and even released later, but he goes home to find that his mother has committed suicide. He later goes away to a village in search of work and arrives at the very village where he had grown up. He meets two wealthy zamindars who take to him. They are big rivals, but Sankar plays one against another and tries to improve things in the village by getting them to build roads, hospitals with their money. He even starts a school for girls which Indrani arrives in the village. It seems that their love for each other has not yet diminished; rather it has increased by leaps and bounds. Though initially no one knows about their relationship and yet Rakho Hari, one of the zamindars even wants to get his daughter married to him, yet circumstances prevail which lets everyone know about the relationship between Sankar and Indrani.On the day of the inauguration of the hospital, Sankar is severely injured when he is shot and that is when the truth comes tumbling out at the hospital. However all’s well that ends well.
Shinjini who had played the part of Doll, the rich, spoilt girl in ‘Sathi Aamar Bondhu Tomar plays the part of Indrani, an educated docile girl in a village quite well. In fact she is much better than the newcomer Avik who is paired opposite her. Though he is extremely well built and gets a chance to show his body quite a few times as here he plays the part of a physical instructor, his acting skills are quite poor in the initial stages of the film though it does improve in the later part. The music is not at all good. The best actor of the film is most probably Mrinal Mukherjee as Rakho Hari.His rivalry with Tarini Mukherjee (played by Himadri Das) is one of the most interesting things of the film and makes the film interesting in the second half. Otherwise such films are not expected to draw in the crowds. The film has a good story line, but it does not have a good cast to back it up, especially the lead pair. Even if Shinjini has done a decent job, Avik is not too promising. There is a particular sequence where Jaya is shown in revealing attire singing in the rain, rolling on the bed! My god! How can you have such a sequence in a film like this? This is something which is completely unexpected! Also Anuripa Ghosh who plays Jaya does not have a good figure and looked very odd!