A bus is setting out to Calcutta from a village in West Bengal. Meenakshi Iyer, who is from a strict orthodox Hindu background, is heading with her young child for Chennai to reunite with her husband after the vacation with her parents. By chance, she meets a fellow passenger who is also heading to Chennai. Rajah, a photographer, is introduced to her by one of the friends of her father. During the journey they build a good relationship. But a Hindu-Muslim communal riot sets out in the meantime, in some areas they have to travel through. Meenakshi comes to face the fact that Rajah is not a Hindu but a Muslim whose real name is Jehangir. Some Hindu fanatics invade their bus, and she saves him by introducing him as Mr. Iyer. However, they have to reach their destination while the other passengers know Rajah as no one else but Mr. Iyer.
Aparna Sen (Bengali: অপর্ণা সেন Ôporna Shen; born 25 October 1945) was born in Calcutta to a Bengali family, originally from East Bengal. Her father is the veteran critic and film-maker Chidananda Dasgupta. Her mother Supriya Dasgupta is the cousin of renowned Bengali poet Jibanananda Das. She spent her childhood in Hazaribagh and Kolkata and had her schooling initially in South Point and later mostly in Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata.
She studied her Ba, English honors in Presidency College, Calcutta but did not complete the degree.
She met the Magnum photographer, Brian Brake, in Kolkata in 1961 when he was visiting India to photograph his Monsoon series. Brake used Sen as the model for what was to become one of his most well known photographs – a shot of a girl holding her face to the first drops of monsoon rain. The photo shoot was set up on a Kolkata rooftop with a ladder and a watering can. Sen described the shoot:
“He took me up to the terrace, had… read more
finally a modern Indian film which sadness doesn't rely on camera circling the characters, repetitive cut to heigtened the sentiments, and also restrained cries. I can relate with the religion clash turmoil situation, because it often happens here in my country too. Aparna Sen is deftly enough not treat the melodrama with cheap sentiment.