“Tara” is Bratyo Basu’s third film. But this is for the first time Bratyo Basu has become more cinematic. He has also tried to make a mainstream commercial film for the first time. Though the background is recent time’s Lalgarh & Jangal Mahal and state political but the story of the film revolves around mainly three characters-Indra(Prosenjit), Jahangir Khan(Tota Roy Chowdhury) and Madhuja(Paoli Dam) and their triangular love. On one side there is this triangular love and on the other side there is war between the Maoists and the state machinery. So in one word, “Tara” is “Love in the time of War”.
Indra was a neighbor of Madhuja before ten years. He was a painter. He fell in love with Madhuja. This was a silent love. Madhuja didn’t know this. Indra now a Maoists leader and stays in jungle of Lalgarh. But still he remembers Madhuja. Madhuja’s father professionally a professor, is arrested by the police as they think him the urban link of the Maoists. But practically he knows nothing about the Maoists, he is innocent.
Indra comes to know about the incident. He instructs his boys to keep watch on Madhuja. But his Andhra leader Naidu (Bratyo Basu) thinks that this type of emotional-linkage is harmful for their party activity. So he requests Indra not to bother about the fate of the professor and his daughter Madhuja, rather he will be happy if the state police kill the professor, in that case the ordinary people will know how brutal the state machinery is.
In the meantime the ruling party’s political leader (Gautam Halder) with the help of the corrupt police commissioner starts trying to make the life of Madhuja a hell. And only then Jahangir Khan, a rebel police officer, stands beside Madhuja. And within a very short time they fall in love.
Knowing Madhuja is distress Indra came to town and faces Jahangir Khan and comes to know that Madhuja is in love with Jahangir.
The film end with Indra going back to the jungle and Madhuja and Jahangir starts a new life. But before that Madhuja’s father is released, courtesy Indra’s threat to both the lawyer and the police commissioner.
Both Prosenjit and Tota have given their best. Paoli also had done well. It is their acting talent which holds tightly this two and half an hour long film.