Shoda (Bhanu Banerjee) is pushing 80 and is a wobbly old man who spends most of his days sunbathing and longing for good food. But when he has had enough of the 'roasting in the sun' and calls for someone to take him indoors, no one of the family has the time. He hollers for food every morning, but no one cares. The pet dog is fed before he is. He can just mutter and feel despondent till the time his 75-year-old wife (Ruma Guhathakurta) comes meekly and gives him a bowl of barley (which of course he hates). Shoda's family comprises his two sons, their two wives and children. The only compassionate member is Shoda's eldest grandson Bibhuti who often listens to him. His wife, too is loving towards Shoda. Oh, there is of course Madan, the servant, who smuggles food for Shoda and talks in an utterly hilarious way. When he gets kachoris for him from the market, Shoda remembers to share the food with him. Madan is played by the awesomely talented Jahar Ray who will drive you crazy with his funny face and one-liners delivered with that quintessential rustic Bengali accent.
Next day, Shoda and Madan embark on a tour to a foreign land called Jalpahari where they will be looked after by Bibhuti's friend (Tarun Kumar). Madan and Shoda are received by Kumar and taken to a house. The drive is maddening. Kumar's car is a ramshackle automobile that his grandfather used to drive. Shoda rues the fact that here is someone who is taking so much care of a machine that is so old, when his family is least bothered about him. The road is bad, the drive is nasty and Shoda's bones are creaking. Madan is almost about to fall from the car. It's so funny watching the three in the car...
On arrival to the house, Shoda and Madan quickly start acclimatising to the new surroundings and even feel better after a few days. Madan relishes dollops of butter with his biscuits even though Shoda warns him that so much indulgence might lead to an upset tummy!!
Back at Shoda's home, it's a different circus altogether. First the family members do not believe that this is Shoda. After he reveals certain secrets of the family, they do. Even then they do not allow him to be near his wife, because they find it ridiculous that their father is now a strapping young gentleman. And Bhanu really is so smart and sassy as one!!! And funny of course!! Still, Shoda is too bold to be dampened. He catches some sweet romantic moments with his wife and even convinces her to take a dip in the lake!! Shoda's eldest son (Kamal Mitra) tries to gag his father (an idea that his scheming wife gives him) so that he writes his entire property to his name. The younger son tries to kidnap Shoda and take him to the lake, so that he can sell the water of the lake in small bottles and mint big money. The sons and their wives become extra loving towards Shoda because now they know he is big fish. What can money do to people!!!
While all this is happening Shoda elopes with his wife to Nagtara but there bigger fun and excitement is awaiting them!! Watch out!
Ashite Ashiona is a laugh riot. But is is also a stinging social commentary on how men's minds work. Every individual functions for his or her own benefit and wherever there is money there are sycophants. Here Shoda and Madan are the only departures because Madan can do anything fir his master and Shoda does not forget his wife even when he afford to. It's true love that he has for his wife. The scientists and the administrators are all hungry toads who look for every opportunity that would bring them money and fame. And youth of course. They guard the pool because they don't want everyone to take a free dip in it. The old folk flurry to the lake because it is too good to be true. There are demonstrations and gatherings. There are crazy men and crazier situations. Please watch the film to experience the fun.