A matinee idol Arindam Mukherjee is going by train to collect an acting award. On the train, he is confronted by a journalist Aditi who somewhat unwillingly starts to take his interview. Arindam, won over by Aditi’s naivete, starts to disclose his past, his fears and his secrets.
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An actor-celebrity unveils his mask during a train ride where, by force of circumstances, he has to deal with the anonymous mass that adores him. To discover the hidden humanity in his apparently iron-made-character as well as the dignity of the other apparently prosaic-passengers is the triumph of Ray's film. The dream scene is amazing and once again makes me think of the proximity between his and Bergman's cinema.