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Raincoat
Cast
: Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai,Annu Kapoor
Director
: Rituparno Ghosh
Music
: Debojyoti Mishra
Lyrics
: Rituparno Ghosh
Producer
: Shrikant Mohta, Mahendra Soni

The much awaited, much expected movie by Ritoparno Ghosh with Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai has been released. The high expectations may turn out to be disappointing for the common audience.

Manu (Ajay Devgan) from Bhagalpur in Bihar comes to Kolkata in search of a livelihood. He has lost his job due to a lock-out in the jute mill he worked for. He meets some of his old college mates for help. Manu is also keen on meeting his lost love Neeru (Aishwarya Rai ) who's married and settled in Kolkata. Their love life came to a full stop when Neeru gave in to social pressures and decided to get married from an affluent family.

Manu finds his way to Neeru's place on a rainy day in a borrowed raincoat. The movie is all about both of them meeting in Neeru's depilated house and the conversation they have with each other as they relive their past. It is nostalgic with flashbacks, and both of them pretending that everything is well. Neeru tries to act as though everything is well with her marriage and her life but the wreckage shows through her demeanor and her surroundings. Meanwhile Manoj does his part of playacting by pretending to be a a serial maker. Both of them convey different emotions through out their conversation- Neeru at times is the disinterested, passive housewife that she is and at other times shades of her romantic playful old self sees through. Manoj is confused, desperate, uncomfortable or withdrawn during different times of their conversation. He keeps smoking cigarettes one after the other. In the end, finally their put up demeanor breaks down and the real truth is revealed and their intense feelings for each other comes out.

Rituparno Ghosh of Chokerbali fame fails to meet the expectations this time. The movie falls to the art film category which may not appeal to the common crowd but for a few. Including big stars like Ajay Devgan and Aishwarya Rai may not save the film from its commercial failure. The conversations between Neeru and Manu becomes monotonous after some time but the entry of Annu Kapoor after the interval gives some relief. The conversations between Manu and Annu gets interesting as he seems to understand their real dreary lives behind the facade but is cut short after the character leaves soon leaving the protagonists alone again. But the movie leaves you with a feeling of nostalgia of bygone days that have left the protagonists emotionally strained. The ending doesn't leave much impact. Spiritual compositions by Debojyoti Mishra that linger in the background gets well with the mood of the film. Photography by Aveek Mukherjee is okay.

Aishwarya in a totally non-glamorous disposition does her part well. The characters poignant and desperate delusion as a happily married woman is portrayed very well. Ajay's acting as the middle class desperate man is commendable especially in the sequence where he cries in the bathroom and his landlady finds out. Annu Kapoor who appears for a short while leaves the real impact.

Overall the film may appeal to art film lovers and critics, but commercially it leaves much to be desired.

 
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