A leisurely tale using a narrative format reminiscent of Ophuls’s Le Plaisir (1951) with the coachload of women transposed to a railway carriage. A young writer meets four widows and a jilted young woman on the train to Puri. The rest of the film consists of their interactions, the revelation of their backgrounds and the touristic scenery (including the temple of Konarak).
The writer is himself the protagonist. He is on his way to Puri by train where he gets acquainted with a group of 4 Bengali widows accompanying their niece, also going to Puri. The writer was going to just get out of his day to day Kolkata life whereas these ladies were actually going to calm down their niece who had just suffered a break up with her lover. The rest of the story revolves around these people and their attraction and involvement with the writer. The writer is amused with them and for his part tries to calm the girl. The story guides us around the different relationships the writer develops with each of the character he meets. The movie tries to show the social taboos for widows and teaches a wise philosophy that life is ahead of us and not before. There is a pretty good description of Puri, Konark and Rambha. At the time this movie was shot it was possible for Tapan Sinha to shot inside the Konark sun temple, also the bullock cart way to Konark is an extra for the viewer.
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