But what's really fascinating is how after seconds of the fight, the members of both the families reunite once again. Proving that the bond is far too tight to be broken by these inconsequential battles. Naru and Rini are thick friends and Chanchal tuitions Meenu. So, there is quite some attraction between the latter duo.
When Shibdas is troubled by his landlord (Tulsi Chakraborty) for the payment of rent, he borrows the sum from Hari Mohan. Though Hari Mohan is himself having trying times financially, he borrows the money from a Kabuliwallah to help his neighbour. This is the kind of bond that makes you smile. No matter how appalling one's condition is, they will go to any length to help their neighbours. Nepal Mama also is a curiously funny case. He might lose his temper and start rattling off in chaste Bangal, but it takes but a few seconds for him to melt. It is after all Nepal Mama who plans with Shib Das on how to help Hari Mohan when the latter is having a trying time after losing his job.
Then comes the chapter of the Hilsa. It is quite well known for us Bengalis that East Bengalis have a soft corner for the Indian Shad just as West Bengalis enjoy a craving for lobster. In the film there is a sweet scene where Shib Das brings home a pair of Hilsa fishes so that the preparation is enough for both families. How heartfelt is the gesture! Similarly when Hari Mohan orders tea to be made in the evening in his house he makes sure that he sips the cuppa with Shib Das and Nepal Mama. Alas! Those days are no more, when neighbours would meet up everyday and sit down for leisurely chats.
In the mean time, differences crop up between Meenu and Chanchal and they too separate owing to the tense circumstances. But with Nepal Mama and Shib Das's sister at the helm of affairs, nothing can go wrong for very long. The ending is happy, funny and carries with it a prospect of more hilarious fights that would take place very soon!
Watch this film, please. It is not only a roller-coaster ride of two middle-class Bengali families, but it also shows those aspects of human bonding that leave a positive mark in the mind and heart. These people are real friends and no matter what the conflict is, they do stand up for each other when the situation so arises. The film also reflects life and living in the city (especially in North Calcutta) around 40 years back, when one man worked to feed an entire family. Maybe the income was not very high, but there was a sense of satisfaction that he had true friends to fall back on. Separate families lived as neighbours but shared each others' joys, sorrows and troubles. It was a life that looked merrier, lighter and much more special...