Streetlight is the second film directed by Animesh Roy and the subject matter is extremely mature and adult in nature. It speaks about ambition, about a troubled marriage, about love, about infidelity, about the journey of life.
Amitava‘s wife Mitali is an ambitious lady and wants to become an actress. She leaves him and walks out and her vacuum is filled by Hiya, a call girl. She starts living in with him and things continue smoothly till one day at the anniversary party of Rana (friend of Amitava),Hiya comes across a doctor who had hired the services of Hiya one day and he reveals to the entire world in a drunken state about her true identity.Amitava comes back home to find Mitali back. Who does he decide to spend his life with?
The point is that the subject matter is such that it is extremely hard to handle. It is certainly not for the mass, but for the class and certainly for the Indian sensibilities or the typical class. The reason one is saying so is because of the nature of the film and usage of a lot English including cuss words do not make it appropriate for every type of audience. Also not every director can make this nor can every actor/actress act in this film unless he or she is well prepared for the role.
The film has many angles. Just as we see a man who is torn between two worlds and has to choose between two women, the face to face interaction between the two women has also been shown to give it another angle. The climax part has been added maybe to give the story a twist, but maybe it also could have been done without. The moment such sequences are added, it is as if it has been forced so as to make up for lack of strength in the screenplay and a new element of thrill has been introduced to make the ending more interesting. If a director would have had faith in his story, it wouldn’t have been necessary, but then the director does not have faith in his story. As said before, something lacks in the story, a much required punch which has forced the director to adopt certain measures. The director has tried to present a very modern story with a western outlook, but the fact remains that using a lot of cuss words and the word slut at times don’t necessary give the film an up market feel. Somewhere the treatment is lacking.
Arjun Chakrabarty as Rana plays a good supporting act.Abhishek as Amitava is also good, but at times one feels as if Locket as Mitali and newcomer Nivedita (Hiya) have disappointed. They are also not quite appropriate choices for the characters they are playing one feels at times. The music is quite good and Arjun Chakrabarty has also sung after a long time in film.The beaches of Vizag look beautiful.
The two scenes worth remembering-Mitali and Hiya going in two different directions after confronting each other and the highlight of the film-Abhishek(Amitava) writing ‘Mondo Noy’ on Locket(Mitali’s) bare back with her lipstick!