Ramapada Gupta (Bhanu Banerjee) is a free soul who is looking for a job. The film starts with his friend Joy Mitra (Tarun Kumar) taking him to a electronics repairing shop so that he can be employed as a radio mechanic. Joy calls him Rama (which is actually a girl's name and will soon be a topic of more discussion in the film) and helps him get the job. But Rama is more inclined towards the art rather than into repairing of broken radios. He daydreams about the moment when his poems and novels will be published and he will be honoured appropriately for them. In such a reverie he accidentally drops a radio and is fired. Next day, Joy asks him to apply for the job of a personal assitant to the managing director of Gargi Trading Company. News is that the MD prefers girls in her organisation but Rama applies nevertheless. The MD, Rubani Sen (Ruma Guhathakurta) justifies her partiality to her father (Pahari Sanyal) saying that woman are much more efficient. She mistakes Rama Gupta to be a woman, is pleased with the qualifications and calls 'her' for an interview. When Rama walks in to the office the next day and is balked, he shows his interview call letter. Rubani is flummoxed but is forced to accept his test. During the test, Rama shows off his skills. He is ambidextrous in shorthand, can drive, is a B Com and B A graduate, and has so many more qualities that Rubani cannot keep a count of. So, though grudgingly, she is forced to give Rama the job of her personal assistant. And the fun starts. Mind you, this is not a rib-tickling film. It is more of a subtle and quiet comedy that will leave you smiling and giggling in parts.
The women in the office pester Rama as he is the only man around. They recite poetry to him, feed him with chocolates and tug at his tie. Rama is just not impressed. One day while the ragging is on, Rubani catches them unawares and fed up with how her girls are behaving, she orders Rama to sit in her chamber from the next day.
We've said before how Rama loves the arts. One day, while he is typing out a letter one of Rubani's friends visit Rubani in her chamber. Rubani is not there so Rama asks her to wait. Medini Debi (a fat but extremely pretty woman who I think is Molina Devi) hears his tap on the typewriter and feels like it is sounding like the piano. This woman is an item. She walks up to him and forces him to admit that he knows how to play the piano. She then forces him to go with her to her house and asks him to play a piece on the piano. Rama is baffled. But with his sharp improvisation, he imagines the piano keys to be the keys of the typewriter and 'types' out some tunes to floor Medini Debi. The fat woman gleans a promise out of him to tutor her in piano lessons and Rama acquiesces helplessly. This will have its effects later.
Yes, Rubani who is Rama's boss, starts seeing a sensitive side to him. He loves flowers, is great with children, sings well and is a superbly efficient worker. He is humble, looks not bad in a suit also. What more could she want? Now when she gets to know that he might have a thing for Minoti Mitra, she does not like it at all and pulls all stops to curb him from mingling with this newbie poet of a woman!! Funnily contorted situation. She misconstrues his actions, spies on him from time to time and even tries to stop him from meeting this Minoti Mitra. And when Rama (for the obvious reasons) declares that he will not be able to leave Minoti, she is hurt and angry!! Great misunderstandings lead to much more fun here. Watch the drama yourself, I suggest.
The winner here is of course Bhanu Banerjee. Subtle and superlative, he shoes how even with a not-very handsome yet a funny face, one could command respect delivering a superb performance. He is astonishingly good here and without being too loud with his jokes and histrionics. He shows how a character actor can easily slip into a leading man's shoes if given the right screen opportunity...