Sarama Banerjee (Arundhati devi), an exemplary student of medical science faced the crisis of poverty. Avinash (Nirmal Kumar), a classmate of Sarama liked her a lot. Due to recommendation by his teacher Chandra Saheb ( Pahari Sanyal), Sarama did manage to get a private tution. Avinash used to suffer very frequently. He left his studies and worked as a freelance artist. In the meantime, Bipin (AsitBaran) came into the life of Sarama. He was elder brother of Montu, the student of Sarama. Avinash sacrificed his love and Bipin got married to Sarama. Slowly Bipin started to doubt his wife. She is caught between her love for the sensitive but ailing artist Avinash and her loving husband Bipin. None of the two men understand Sarama’s heart truly and Sen brilliantly captures the lone woman’s solitary struggle. The strength of Asit Sen lay in his ability to balance the script and handle complex characters with a certain level of maturity that make them connect directly with the audience. Asit Sen was a master of the low-angle shots. He used his camera to root his characters and highlight their emotions. Nirmal Kumar was inconsistent while Arundhati Devi, AsitBaran did full justice to their roles. This film was a good example of Asit Sen’s characteristic style to keep the movement happening as the script raced through, the characters conversing with each other in a perfect reflection of our daily lives.
Chokh (The Eyes) is a 1982 Indian Bengali film directed by Utpalendu Chakrabarty. The film was set in during the Emergency period in December 1975. Jadunath (Om Puri) a labour union leader, of Jethia Jute Mill in Kolkata has been given death sentence, for the murders of Jethia’s (Shyamanand Jalan) brother and another worker even though Jadunath was innocent. He wants that his eyes should be given to a worker who has never seen the world. Jethia influenced the government to get the eyes for his son who lost his eyes due to an accident. But Ghanshyam, the hospital driver and few other workers demand that eyes be given to a blind worker. When Dr. Mukherjee (Anil Chatterjee) before the operation tries to trace the papers recording Jadunath’s donation, the superintendent orders Dr. Mukherjee to carry out his duty as there are instructions from the highest quarters. Dr. Mukherjee sticks to his point and is ready to face the consequences. Om Puri and Anil chatterjee both did justice to their parts though Chatterjee was bit mannered. Shyamanand Jalan was convincing as villain. Set in the era of mid 70s, depicting the exploitive state of Calcutta (Kolkata) mill workers, it’s the story of an honest union leader, who is being hanged for getting wrongly framed in the cold blooded murder of the mill owner’s brother. With an use of the ‘Eye Donation’ plot, Chokh showcases an accepted truth that eyes are in fact the mirror of a man’s real inner personality .
Nabyendu Chatterjee made his directorial debut with an experimental Hindi film, followed by a hit Bengali film and continued directing in that language. Shubhra Ray ( Pradip Mukherjee), a dedicated worker of a left-wing party, is organising a strike to extract better wages for its workers. The morning on which the strikers are holding a meeting, Shubhra is shot dead. His family was entirely dependent on him. His family consists of his father, mother, younger brother Rajat (Joy Banerjee) and sister Anjali. His death drives them to starvation and desperation. In the meantime, Rajat continues to apply for jobs but does not succeed in getting one. He has been immensely affected by the death of his brother and thinks of taking revenge on the killers. He becomes helpless in the face of the grave injustice done to the common people by the bourgeois social system. His girlfriend Reena ( Sreela Majumdar) also becomes a helpless victim of the evil forces which exploit the common people in name of democracy. Rajat ends up buying a chopper from a shop. Performance wise Joy Banerjee and Sreela Majumdar did make mark in their respective roles. Nabyendu Chatterjee depicts a thought-evoking portrayal of the lives of the members of a lower-middle class family in Kolkata. It is also one of the very few films which captured the dark side of Kolkata so acutely. It also shows the middle-class sense of disorientation which turns economically weak men into violent oppressors of women.