NIHARIKA CHATTERJEE, is the wife of the famous Public Prosecutor ARINDAM CHATTERJEE. Niharika’s marriage is in shambles. Though a talented dancer Niharika cannot escape from the prison that her marriage has now become! ARINDAM CHATTERJEE, the famous public prosecutor is a pompous and domineering husband. He likes to keep up appearances and present himself as an ambitious, dashing, intelligent and a shining star in the social circles that he inhabits.

At a party, Niharika comes across the new I.G of Correctional Cells of West Bengal who had a few interesting ideas up his sleeves, to try & reform convicts. Aware of Niharika’s talent and educational background, he approaches Niharika to stage RabindraNath Tagore’s “BalmikiPratibha” involving inmates of correctional Cells. Niharika is intrigued by the idea, but can she defy her abusive husband and fulfill the expectation of the I.G.?Niharika decides to give it a try….Niharika’s main adversary in Prison is YUSUF MOHAMMAD, convicted for man slaughter. Yusuf had a striking personality and was smart, suave, and self-assured.

Will Yusuf co-operate with her?

Will Niharika break the walls surrounding the hearts & minds of these prisoners and teach them to view life differently?

Though, initially, Yusuf seems to co-operate with Niharika& agrees to play the main role of dacoit Ratnakar…his machevillainbrain was planning AN ESCAPE from prison.The staging of BALMIKI PRATIBHA, would provide him with the ideal backdrop for a well executed escape.

Thus the real story begins…

RabindraNath Tagore has based his Dance Drama BalmikiPratibha on the legendary story of dacoit Ratnakar transforming into sage Balmiki.

Utilising different dance styles like Martial-arts, Kaleripayattu, Chau, Modern Contemporary dance etc, Niharika succeeds in putting up a brilliant & visually colorful dance drama.

Does Yusuf successfully escape the prison walls? Is his transformation complete? Does he free Niharika from her self inflicted prison?

Does he free himself of the torments that crowd his soul?

Does Dacoit Ratnakar truly transform into sage Valmiki?

Does he redeem Niharika’s honor or does he let her down?

Does he vindicate the trust placed on him by his superiors?Does the experiment succeed?

Four walls make not a prison, we are all prisoners of our own making...

This story inspires us to break free from our chains, may they be mental or physical... and seek newer, wider and fresher horizons…

  • Nigel Akkara
  • RituparnaSengupta
  • Bratya Basu
  • Kharaj Mukherjee
  • DebshankarHaldar
  • Shiboprosad Mukherjee
  • SuchitraChakraborty
  • Arun Mukherjee
  • Banner: Progressive Films
  • Producers: Bachchu Biswas & Atanu Raychaudhuri
  • Directors: Nandita Roy & Shiboprosad Mukherjee
  • Story: Nandita Roy & Shiboprosad Mukherjee
  • Screenplay: Nandita Roy & Shiboprosad Mukherjee
  • Director of Photography: Anil Singh
  • Music Director: Joy Sarkar & Surojit Chatterjee
  • Choreographer: Alokananda Roy
  • Editor: Malay Laha
  • Production Designer: Nitish Roy
  • Art Director: Arup Ghosh & Tuntun
  • Stage Designers: Piyali-Saumik
  • Sound Designer: Anup Mukherjee
  • Costume Designer: Radhika Singhi