The final part of the director’s trilogy dealing with contemporary middle-class Bengali
politics (Dooratwa, 1978; Grihajuddha,1982) is his first film in Hindi. Set in Calcutta in the early 70s, the central figure is a left activist and school teacher, Hemanta. Narrowly escaping being murdered by the police,Hemanta finds his political organisation indisarray and flees to Bombay where he leads a quiet life though his nerves are still shattered by his Calcutta experiences. Through a friend,Rakesh, Hemanta meets Jaya and they marry.To help raise money to buy a flat, Jaya reluctantly becomes a model for advertisement photographs. Obsessed with the desire to secure a middle-class lifestyle, Hemanta forces
Jaya to take on demeaning photographic assignments and, to impose his will on her, he
rapes her. Jaya commits suicide and Hemanta finds himself facing the police again.