Posted: December 26, 2012 in Bengali films, Rabindranath Tagore, Soumitro Chattopadhyay, Tapan Sinha


The Tapan Sinha directed film was based on a novel by Rabindranath Tagore.  This is a tale of re-incarnation wherein the protagonist (Soumitro Chaterji) comes to a new town as a Tax collector. He decides to stay in a haveli which has the reputation of being haunted (couldn’t fathom who fixed up his stay in this haveli or why he decides to live there.)


Strange things happen during the night at the haveli. A tormented woman (Arundhuti Mukherjee) keeps appearing and disappearing, & Soumitro is drawn to her. The director successfully builds up an eerie atmosphere of the bygone era using horse rides, costumes etc. aptly.

As the film progresses, it is revealed that Soumitro was a chieftain of emperor Mahmud Shah II (Dilip Roy) in his previous birth, who had meted out a cruel punishment to the lovers, Soumitro & Arundhuti. Arundhuti was bought as a slave for the entertainment of the Emperor, but love blossoms between her and the chieftain. They planned an escape but were caught by Mahmud’s men. Arundhuti was kept in a prison, while Soumitro was let off on a horse to fend for himself across a mighty desert. He doesn’t survive the ordeal.


The Tax Collector protagonist finally leaves the town. He had been affected physically and psychologically by the encounter with his past. Radhamohan Bhattacharjee, Chabi Biswas and Padda Devi comprised the supporting cast.

Gulzar made a film in Hindi LEKIN starring Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia & Hema Malini based on the same story.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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