By Divya Solgama(19 Apr 2008)
Falling leaves mark the passage of time in Deulpur, a small and apparently peaceful village. Two railway signal men, Nemai and Balaram, share a passion for wrestling, which is what they do when they one not waving flags to trains nothing but friendship binds them. The padra taking care of the orphaned matthew, giving medicine to the local, and preaching those who come for the sake of the food he provides, is another familiar figure here however, an undercurrent of anger is detected in the locals against convention to Christian by Balaram gets a letter from his aunt informing him of her illness, a ruse which ends in his marrying Uttara, a frank, sensitive and imaginative girl who can hear the song of words in the letters of the post box. Balaram brings Uttara home. Nemai has to move out to another house. Uttara’s presence unsettles him as does the love-making of the couple. Now, Nemai wrestles with Balaram in real savour. He gets more and more attracted to Uttara, Uttara gets on with every term with the away railway guard, the padre and matthew. She also thwarts her husband’s advances repeatedly, waging him to think beyond the physical. The jealous Nemai accost her one day and tries to molest her. Balaram discovers them. Nemai and Balaram now engage in a deadly wrestle which doesn’t stop. Mean while, the three goons attack the padre, tie him up and light up his house. Mathew manage to escape by joining a group of marked dancers who travel through the area Uttara sees the goons and runs to Nemai and Balaram asking them to save padre. Engrossed in their battle, they don’t hear her. The dawn mail guard sees her and both go to padre’s house. But all is over by them. Uttara decides not to go back to the men who only fight for her body. The rail guard arks her to marry him and tells her about the always village where all of a good, peaceful world. Uttara accepts his proposal but at that moment, the goons appear kill the guard, rapes and kills Uttara he dawn many days appear to mourn and carry away their friend. A crying matthew watches them from a distance. The wrestlers carry on their deadly fight as the leaven keeps falling. There strangers in a jeep are often spotted in the area. They are rough goons who eye women and whose behaviour is suspicious.