Directed by Pinaki Mukherjee based on a novella by eminent writer Sankar. The film revolves around characters who are employees and visitor of a hotel – hotel Shahjahan.
A rich socialite lady and social worker Mrs. Pakrashi (Dipti Roy) working for emancipation of women can’t face the fact that her son Anindya Pakrashi (Biswajit) loves a call girl Karobi (Supriya Devi) who was in the oldest profession of the world because of several dependent family members. What is interesting is that the lady Mrs. Pakrashi too has skeletons in her closet. As the manager of the hotel Seta Bose (SB, played with aplomb by Uttam Kumar) tells his co-worker Sankar (Subhendu Chaterji) “Mrs Pakrashi is a regular visitor in our hotel. She is a social worker during daylight and sort of a cougar at night. Once she lodged herself with a French toy boy in one of our private suites.”
The role of Supriya Devi in the film parallels her character Nita in Ghatal’s MEGHE DHAKA TARA. Bhanu Bandopadhyay in a cameo as the caretaker of the laundary of Shahjahan hotel is unforgettable. The workaholic SB takes a leave for the first time in twelve years to spend a romantic day out with his fiancee (Anjana Bhowmick). Will SB quit his job @ Shahjahan to marry lady love? ….. Utpal Dutt as the Anglo Indian hotelier is superb as usual. So is Subhendu Chaterjee enacting the central protagonist which is widely believed to have autobiographical elements of the author.
Rating: 4 out of 5

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