A political activist escapes the prison van and is sheltered in a posh apartment owned by a sensitive young woman. Both are rebels: the activist against political treachery and the other on social level.
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For all his criticism of Ray's passive political stance and perpetual doubt, it's remarkable how a lot of Padatik echoes Pratidwandi (with its belief further left of centre). Dhritiman as the young man in doubt - questioning both his politics and his personality. His relationship with Simi is not played out completely but there's enough there for the viewer to think of the possibilities.