Calcutta Tube (May 18): “In June 2007 I saw an article in The Telegraph titled Final Check out where I found that there is a house ‘Mukti Bhawan’ in Benares where people expecting immediate death go for their last few days. Nobody is allowed to stay there for more than a month and the person is asked to leave Mukti Bhawan if he or she does not die within that period. The news aroused my curiosity and interest. I visited Benares and found it to be true. Then the foundation of the story was laid by Subrata Chaudhuri and I did the final story and script,” says veteran filmmaker Pinaki Choudhuri about his under-production film Arohan. Arohan portrays the ascension of human being when he upholds humanity above orthodox beliefs and superstitions. According to Hindu philosophy “Moksha” is the ultimate attainment a Hindu can aspire for. Millions of pilgrims bathe in the Ganges at Kumbha Mela in Hardwar hoping to attain salvation. Benares, according to Hindu Philosophy or idealism, is the place to breathe one’s last if the person wishes salvation. Choudhuri has assembled a cross section of people from different socio-economic strata from different states who, awaiting death, have come to stay in Moksha Bhawan along with their near and dear ones. “While building up the story, the personal characters and individual habits of these residents have been incorporated. I have interwoven currently relevant socio economic problems also such as preference for same sex relationships, the hypocrisy and contradictory behavior of people and so on. The focus is on women who are forever blamed and even assaulted for infertility even if they are not infertile and the man is not questioned at all,” says Choudhuri who hopes to denounce man’s blind faith in superstition and in orthodox values. The film has an impressive star cast led by Soumitra Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Sandhya Roy, Tulika, Somodorshi, Siddhartha Chatterjee and Rajesh Sharma. The music is by Suparnokanti and all the stotras have been recited by Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri.