Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The mist is perfectly indicative of the doubts that cloud Monisha's mind as she treads on a tight rope between her father's wishes and her own desires. At another level it reflects the helpless state of Labanya (Karuna Banerjee) as she is a silent party to her husband's forcing their daughter's marriage with Mr Banerjee. The significance of the weather hardly ends there. It represents the misunderstandings and suspicion brewing between Anima (Anubha Gupta) and her husband regarding her illicit affair. In its misty avatar it sheds light on Ashok's (Arun Banerjee) mindset as he struggles for a decent job.
But, in my reckoning, the weather is directly symptomatic of the pretentious demeanour of Raibahadur Indranath Chowdhury (Chhabi Biswas). Gloating in self pride and importance, he is purposely unaware of the fact that there are matters more severe than his own thoughts, wishes and declarations. He chooses to negate everyone else's desires just because he believes that he knows best of everything. A dominating patriarch, this man is conceited enough to fix the match of his daughter to a man of his choice without even considering that the young girl might desire otherwise. When questioned by his wife, he brusquely claims that he knows what is best for everyone and no one dare refute that claim.
Ensconced in his own bubble of importance, Indranath Chowdhury is referred to as 'Lordship' throughout the entire film, not out of respect or honour. This title is showered on him only to prove the extent of his rigid rule. He is prone to finalising every decision in the house and God help those who dare to go against him.
The most entertaining part of the crushing of Indranath's pride happens when Ashok declines his job offer. Realising that this man does not pride himself on being an Indian and is happy to credit the British for bringing glory to India, Ashok, the struggling commoner, brandishes his self esteem and shuns a Rs 300 job offer from the rich man. Though he grudges his decision slightly later on, it his honest approach towards making a mark with his own effort that floors not just Monisha but also us. His laughter is but a declaration of his victory over Indranath Chowdhury's falsity and pretense.
And as Indranath Chowdhury beckons everyone, you can feel his lonely state. His worried brow reveals his shattered pride. He has no one beside him. All have sorted out their problems and moved on. The mist has cleared from their lives. Just like the mist that has moved away from the face of the mountain range. Now, the sun's rays shine bright on Kanchanjangha's glistening folds of snow...