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Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Aparajita Adhya, Biswanath Basu,
Raman; Background music: Binit Ranjan Moitra
Shiboprosod Mukhopadhyay explores the philosophy of life, love, complexities of
relationships, positive sides of relationships, maturity etc. very beautifully.
This film’s plot is designed from the perspectives of people from different
walks of life. Everybody’s life is a story in itself. Different stories of
different people are built up so nicely. If there is a newly-wed couple, there
is an old couple married for many years; there is even a couple who is
divorced, and there is a couple who is happily married with kid. And then there
is a group of musicians. All of them embark on their train journey with their
own sets of baggages. But, Praktan talks about what happens during their
journey. They go through self-discovery process, leave their baggages, and move
ahead with a new found positivity, love, passion, togetherness. The film
depicts how 24+ odd hours of train journey from Mumbai to Howra becomes a life
changing experience for a few of its travellers. How their perception itself
towards life changes? Many times, we are burdened with the thought of not able
to find answers to many of our questions, but a journey ultimately ends up
giving answers to our questions, isn’t it amazing and that is one of the aspect
which Praktan projects. Read the review further to know the beautiful philosophies
of life projected through this film. Praktan means ‘Former’. You need to watch
the film to explore how and why this film is titled so. It is indeed a must
with travelers boarding train’s 1st AC compartment’s different coups
at Mumbai railway station – a young couple (Biswanath Basu and Manali Dey) who
just got married, an elderly couple (Soumitra Chatterjee and Sabitri
Chatterjee) whose son and daughter-in-law accompanied to see them off; a mother
Molly (Aparajita Adhya) with her 6 year old daughter Udita aka Putul; Sudipa
(Rituparna Sengupta) and a group of musicians. Ujaan (Prasanjit) joins the journey
much later. The screenplay is well crafted to introduce all the characters and
the baggages they are carrying. One of the musician is reminiscing about his
former band member. Newly married couple full of love with each other, but very
soon husband is shown as insecure and he ends up probing his pretty wife about
her ex-boyfriend. But the beauty is these scenes are that they are so nicely written generating lot of humour. The elderly couple does feel nostalgic about past,
great bonding between the two is shown. Then there is Molly, who is full of
praise for her husband and family, and is very gregarious. Sudipa wants to be
in her shell, but develops a bond with Udita and Molly.
moves further, these co-passengers’ stories are unveiled. There is a scene,
where all of them play Antakshiri, projecting how co-travellers becomes one big
family. Various scenes are interestingly developed to convey how Molly, Udita
and Sudipa who share the coup, get connected to one another and later on how
their lives get interrelated. It is also interesting to see, how Ujjan becomes
part of their journey. How Ujjan deals with various incidents in his
relationship, who is a guide for heritage walks, and runs a travel company ? I really don’t want to elaborate the plot any
more since the film has to be watched and explored.
philosophies of life, which are discussed in the film:
compromise in love, in relationships, is not at all losing oneself. When we
love someone, it is important to give a part of us to the other person. We
shall not feel powerless in the process.
the past, so why to worry about it, and future is uncertain, so why to bother about
it too much. ‘Present’ is so important.
realize that egos can kill a relationship and when it goes out of the hand that
is when we realize that we have lost something or someone special for ever. And
this loss is so much irreparable.
our spouses or loved ones in a particular frame designed by us and if others don’t
fit into our frame, we start getting uncomfortable. Praktan also talks of, how
peaceful, joyous and loving it can be, if we don’t try to design frames for our
person, as we accept the good aspects of that person, can’t we become more
tolerant towards their not-so-good aspects as well?
more instances, which will touch your heart for sure, move you, bring smile on
your face. Various emotions viz. love, passion, ego, conflict, togetherness,
separation, pain, joy, complacency etc. are all shown so beautifully.
Throughout the film, the positive tone of the film is maintained. The end is
also very positive i.e. at times, we have to ‘let go’, learn the art of forgiving,
need to gather courage to move ahead and explore better aspects of life,
leaving the ‘feeling of loss’ behind, respecting the ‘good’ of life… The list
superlative in their performance, music is soulful, melodious. Mention of
Tagore also makes integral part of the film. The film is also special since Rituparna and Prosenjit have come together on screen after a gap of 14 years.
Bengali Film, is very rich in its content, screenplay, dialogues, acting,
music, theme, philosophies of life. A must watch film.