Thikana Rajpath is all about surrogate motherhood and a story concerning it, but the story has been absolutely badly handled. The mass who have gone or will be going have no idea about surrogate motherhood and they have been given an absolute wrong picture of the whole matter. First of all the tale-
Manisha and Rathin area a childless couple even after seven years of marriage. Manisha wants a child so one day when she comes across an ad in the papers regarding a surrogate mother, she talks to Rathin about it but he is against the idea. She decides to convince her maid Padma to have her husband’s child for which the cost would be borne by Rathin and Manisha. Padma talks to her husband and he agrees. He sleeps with her and she gets married. One day Manisha falls sick and her doctor tells her that she has become pregnant. They go away to Burdwan where Rathin’s parents stay. Padma comes to know that Manisha has become pregnant and her world is shattered as they had been promised a lakh of rupees by Rathin and Manisha who had forgotten them. Manisha’s child dies at childbirth so Rathin comes to Padma with the money and wants to take the child. The money is returned and he is turned away. Madhab, Padma’s husband gets drunk one day, burns his rickshaw and assaults his wife. Rathin returns with Manisha one day to take the child. Padma initially rejects the money and refuses to give the child, but then gives in and Rathin and Manisha take the child and go away.
Surrogate childhood has been handled in a very bad manner as Tollywood is simply not fit to make films on such serious issues. What happens when they try to make a film on such a matter is they make a mess out it. The matter has been just touched upon and since the content was not enough so the director thought why not fit in a couple of sub plots which would include Arun’s run in with the goons, Mala having a soft corner for Arun and as a result a song, Bipin’s shady association with the people of the slums etc. The entire focus of the film has therefore shifted from the surrogacy to other things which shouldn’t have happened as the director should have stuck to the basic if he wanted to make a tale on the topic. But, no that was not to be! In the slums you see the maids all with plucked eyebrows though it is true nowadays that people of every class are becoming conscious of their appearance. When Madab returns home drunk one day, burns his rickshaw, and assaults his wife there is extreme melodrama which it seems that Bengali films can’t do without! Debesh Roychoudhury as Madhab stands out as Madhab, the rickshawallah. Debasree as Padma is good as is Indrani Haldar as Manisha, but Rajatava is just okay! Firdous looks ridiculous with his hair and he needs to do something about it very soon!