Cast And Crew
Sachish (Subrat Dutta) is the youngest scion of a prosperous Bengali Hindu upper caste family. Harimohan (Biswajit Chakraborty), Sachish's father, is a religious bigot who spends a lot of money on superstitious ceremonies. Purander (Neel Mukherjee), his older brother, is a hypocrite and a cad. Sachish, on the other hand, is drawn to the rational positivism and the reformist zeal of his uncle Jagmohan (Dhritiman Chatterjee). One day Sachish discovers that his married brother Purander has impregnated and abandoned a young girl called Nanibala (Trina Nileena Banerjee). Sachish brings Nanibala to Jagmohan who gladly gives her shelter. Harimohan and Purander are shocked by this development. They constantly heckle Jagmohan to drive the 'fallen woman' out of the house. In an attempt to rescue her from constant humiliation, Sachish offers to marry her. But despite his belief that he is marrying for purely altruistic reasons, Sachish is disturbed by the first stirrings of sexual desire within him. Nanibala commits suicide on the eve of here wedding so that Sachish does not have to make this 'sacrifice'. Shortly after, Jagmohan too passes away of plague he contacted while helping victims of an epidemic. A distraught Sachish disappears from Calcutta. Sribilash (Joy Sengupta), a close friend of Sachish, finally finds him after quite some time in the company of a religious cult headed by Guru Lilananda Swami (Kabir Suman). He is shocked to see the him press the feet of the guru and obey all his orders. Sachish explains that he has realized that rationality cannot explain everything. Sribilash berates him for moving to the other extreme, but joins the cult to see the final outcome of Sachish's experiments with truth.At the guru’s ashram, the two friends meet the enigmatic widow Damini (Rituparna Sengupta). Her deceased husband was a disciple of Lilananda Swami. Before his death, he had willed away the ancestral property along with Damini to the custody of the religious guru. Damini is not interested in Lilananda Swami's spiritual teachings. But there are unstated passions brewing between Sachish and herself. Sachish is torn between his spiritual ideals and the call of the flesh. The tempestuous Damini is ready to break all social conventions and stage a rebellion against a social order that has denied her everything. The more Sachish tries to distance himself, the more she disturbs his single mindedness by flirting with Sribilash. A disillusioned Sachish finally leaves the company of Lilananda Swami after a tragic death in the group. Damini and Sribilash accompany him. Under an elemental and stormy sky, in a stark landscape beyond human laws, there is a final playing out of the conflict between ideas and desires.
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