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A couple falls in love, gets married and thereafter separates. They meet quite unexpectedly fifteen years later on a train journey where the man (Prasenjit)’s second wife (Aparajita Auddy) befriends the former spouse (Rituparna Sengupta). A group of singers (Anindyo Chattopadhyay, Surojit, Anupam Roy), an elderly couple (Soumitro Chattopadhyay, Sabitri Chattopadhyay) & a newlywed couple on their honeymoon are also on this train bound for Kolkata from Mumbai.
The situation look somewhat implausible though the film remains immensely watchable. A highlight would certainly be that of Soumitro Chattopadhyay reciting Tagore’s poem HATATH DEKHA. A hilarious sequence is Sabitri Chattopadhyay’s attempt at speaking Hindi laced in heavy Bengali. In a TV show on Zee Bangla the Bengali director Prabhat Roy said “The technical qualities of PRAKTHAN is of a very high standard.” In the same TV show the actors who acted in the film revealed that the renowned art director Nitish Roy created such an authentic set that it looked like exactly like a real train.
The production work of the film was done entirely in Kolkata and use of drones were made of for the first time in Bengali cinema for high angle shots of landmarks of Kolkata. The supporting cast includes Manali De and others.

The film has been directed by the duo Siboprasad Mukhopadhyay – Nandita Roy.
Rating: 3.5 out f 5

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“You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” – C.S.Lewis

The dream of the aged protagonist of the film is to travel around the globe, see the Nile in Egypt and the midnight sun in Norway amongst them…

The film raises some questions about the traditional roles of husbands and wives from time immemorial in Bengali society against the winds of changes taking place. Modern times requires both husband and wife to be independent and not chained in their responsibilities and commitments while working towards making a family with kids and grand-children work.  That seems to be the driving motive when the owner of a publishing house (Soumitro Chatterjee) announces his intention to be divorced from his wife of 49 years(Swatilekha Sengupta) in front of her and other family members. He claims he wants to experience his unfulfilled ambition of seeing places in his twilight years.

In some respect it is similar to the Mrinal Sen film EK DIN ACHANAK where the protagonist became dissatisfied with the demands of the family members and leaves for an unknown destination. Here no such things happen. What transpires is the deep reflection among the family members (daughters and their husbands quite similar to EK DIN ACHANAK) about the sudden decision of the patriarch. Some of the sequences are quite touching. Especially the one where the son (Sankar Chakraborty) breaks down and tells his father that all along he had idolised him and now he is thoroughly confused.

The Rituparna Sengupta character as the fiery daughter of the patriarch is a bit under-developed. Why was she in an extra-marital relationship and why suddenly she changes her mind to return to the family fold is not detailed…

The supporting cast includes Rituparna Sengupta, Aparajita Auddy, Kharaj Mukherjee and others. The film is directed by Siboprasad Mukherjee.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5