Ramdhanu – The Rainbow

Mitali is a worried mother. Her 5-year-old son, Gogol, has once again failed to pass the admission test in a reputed school and the application gets rejected. This is the fourth time and Mitali gets desperate. She is determined to get her only son admitted into a reputed school. Laltu Dutta, her husband, owns a chemist's shop, and all his efforts centre around running his business successfully. He is completely attached to his family and tries to do his best to fulfil his wife's aspirations. When one school after school starts rejecting Gogol, a despondent Mitali takes the advice of her friend and hires a teacher for Gogol's tuitions. Soon, Mitali gets disappointed by the young teacher's casual attitude and decides to teach Gogol herself. Mitali's desperation worries Laltu and he decides to go the extra mile to make his wife happy. He even approaches a tout and is willing to pay him a handsome amount if he can procure admission for his son. The tout claims that he can get his son admitted to any school for Rs 10 lakh. The sum is exorbitant. He does not know how to procure that amount. Should he terminate his fixed deposits? But that is his only savings! On the other hand, he cannot bear to see the disappointment on his wife's face each time their son gets rejected. The family decides to go to Bolpur, in the district of Birbhum, West Bengal, where Mitali's parents reside. It is a special occasion as her brother is returning home from abroad after long, along with his foreigner wife. The holiday turns out to be interesting as Jennifer, the brother's wife, shows her keenness to adapt traditional Bengali customs, learn the language, and insist on speaking Bengali. She terms Mitali's insistence on getting her son admitted to an English-medium school and learning the English language as ‘linguistic imperialism'. While Gogol spends a wonderful holiday with his grandparents and his new aunt, Mitali is 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 feels 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. 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 enroll 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 a poignant but hilarious journey as Laltu tries to learn the language, etiquette and build his confidence to face the toughest of situations. The teacher of the coaching school is a wonderful lady who handholds them into conducting themselves well at interviews and readies them to face difficulties and recognize the worth of life itself! Does Gogol finally get through to 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? Does Gogol's love for the song of birds, the flight of kites, the rustling of the leaves, the wide expanse of the blue sky, get crushed by the ambitions of his parent? Does Mitali finally look deep into her son's eye 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
  • Publicity Design by Saumik & Piyali