Ramdhanu – The Rainbow
Mitali was a worried mother. This time, once again, her 5 year old son Gogol had failed to pass the admission test in a reputed school and his application was rejected. This was the fourth time and Mitali was getting desperate. She was determined to get her only son admitted into a reputed school. This was an opportunity that had been denied to her so she wanted it desperately for her son. Laltu Dutta, her husband, owned a chemist’s shop and all his efforts centred around running his business successfully. He was extremely fond of his family and tried to do his best to fulfil his wife’s aspirations.
When Gogol started being rejected school after school, a despondent Mitali took the advice of her friend and kept a tuition teacher to teach Gogol. But soon Mitali got disappointed by the young teacher’s casual attitude and decided to teach Gogol herself.
Mitali’s desperation worries Laltu & he decide to try every means to fulfil his wife’s aspirations. He even approaches a tout and is willing to pay him a handsome amount if he could procure admission for his son. The tout claims that he can get his son admitted to any school they desire for a fee of Rs.10 lacs. To Laltu, it was an exorbitant sum. He does not know how to procure that amount, Should he terminate his fixed deposits? But that was the only savings he had! On the other hand, he could not bear to see the disappointment on his wife’s face each time their son was rejected.
The family decides to go to Bolpur, in the district of Birbhum, West Bengal, where Mitali’s parents resided. It was a special occasion as her brother was returning home from abroad, after a long time, along with his foreigner wife. The holiday turned out to be most interesting as Jennifer, the brother’s wife, was keen on adapting to traditional Bengali customs, learning the language and insisting on speaking in broken Bengali. In fact, she called Mitali’s insistence on getting her son admitted to an English medium school and learning the English language as ‘linguistic imperialism’. While Gogol spent a wonderful holiday with his grandparents and his new aunt, Mitali was anxiously waiting for the interview call for her son. When it finally arrives, they rush back home. The three of them attend the interview, but this time, Mitali felt it was Laltu who had ruined her son’s chances by giving ludicrous answers to the questions put by the school’s interview board. Mitali is furious with Laltu. But she is not the one to give up hope so easily. She readies herself for the final bid.
On the advice of another parent Mitali decides to enrol herself along with her husband in a school that coaches parents to conduct themselves at interviews. Laltu is very reluctant at first, but finally gives in to his wife’s persuasions. What follows is poignant as well as hilarious as Laltu tries to learn the language, etiquette and build up confidence to face the toughest of situations. The teacher of the coaching school was a wonderful lady who held their hands and taught them not only how to conduct themselves at interviews but also face difficulties and recognise the worth of life itself!
Does Gogol finally get through the interview? Will Mitali be able to fulfil her dreams or does she learn a greater lesson from all this and the importance of her child’s well-being? Gogol, her five year old, who loved the song of birds, the flight of the kites, the rustling of the leaves, the wide expanse of the blue sky, was his sensitive soul being crushed by the ambitions of his parent? Does Mitali finally look deep into her son’s eyes and realise what makes him truly happy? Does she finally follow her heart? Many such moments are captured in the story as it hurtles towards a dramatic climax.
- Shiboprosad Mukherjee as Laltu
- Gargi Roychowdhury as Mitali
- Rachna Banerjee as Madam
- Kharaj Mukherjee as Akash Singhania
- Akashneel Mitra as Gogol
- Rajat Ganguly as Sanju’s Father
- Rumki Chatterjee as Sanju’s mother
- Chitra Sen as Mitali’s mother
- Arijit Guha as Mitali’s father
- Sasha Ghoshal as Mitali’s brother
- Suzanne Bernert as Jennifer (Mitali’s sister in law)
- Produced By: Windows & Jalan International Films
- Presented by: Atanu Raychaudhuri
- Directed By: Nandita Roy & Shiboprosad Mukherjee
- Screenplay & Dialogue by: Nandita Roy & Shiboprosad Mukherjee
- Story inspiration: Suchitra Bhattacharya
- Director of Photography: Sirsha Ray
- Editor: Maloy Laha
- Art Director: Amit Chatterjee
- Sound: Anirban Sengupta & Dipankar Chaki
- Costume Designer: Ruma Sengupta
- Music: Raag Anurag
- Background design: Vinit Ranjan Moitra