Aparna Sen followed up her directorial debt, 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) with this story about a 40-year-old married woman, Paroma who falls in love with Rahul, an expatriate photo-journalist working for glossy magazines who photographs her making her look glamorous. Their affair, and the invasion of the glamour machine into her life, becomes a problem when some of the photographs, earlier admired by the family, are published in a journal. Paroma is rejected by her husband and has a mental breakdown. In the end, a doctor suggests prescribing psychiatric treatment and when Paroma adamantly refuses any sense of guilt, her young daughter comes and gives her mother moral support. The film is notable mainly for its emancipatory thrust, undermined by a class-inflected sense of nostalgia for 'belonging', rather than for its cinematic qualities which are akin to the kitschy style of glossy consumer magazines.
Direction & Screenplay: Aparna Sen
Cast: Rakhee, Sandhya Rani Chatterjee, Aparna Sen, Mukul Sharma, Anil Chatterjee
Cinematography: Ashok Mehta
Music: Bhaskar Chandavarkar