Synopsis: This is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in Bengal.
134 min



Dance! Song! Comedy! Tragedy!

Come one! Come all!


They prefer the idiot box to puppets!

What's the play about?

Not a play, good sirs! This is a talel

A fairy tale, see?

Fairy tale?

How boring!

Is it a love story then?

Yes! Yes! Love, murder, fights..

It's all there!

You'll get your money's worth!

No ordinary tale this!

A foreign one!

Written by Lord Shakespeare himself!

Sex? - No! No! Not sex!

People look only for sex these days!

I'm talking about Shakespeare Sahib!

Great writer!

A tale written by him!

Well 'sex is there too'

in small doses

Watch and find out!

Take your places now.

The tale is about to start!

Come, good sirs..

...let's take you to our fairytale land -

This then, is Arshinagar.


Now don't ask where it is!

It could be anywhere in the world!

'What's in a name?

A rose by any other name

would smell as sweet, right?

The fragrance of Mirrorsville

slum too, remains the same.

The fragrance of Mirrorsville slum

too, remains the same always!

Open drains!

Garbage spilling over!

Have to cover your nose and walk!

But what of that?

All eyes are on Mirrorsville

slum right now

A new yover is coming up, you see.

So all developers

have dreams of...

...razing the slum &

building here then.

And truly, Mirrorsville is a land of dreams!

Each person has a land of mirrors

inside his head!

Ever seen your selves

reected there, good sirs?


You will.

You surely will some day.

Meanwhile, let me introduce you

to the protagonists of this tale'

This is...


Rawnojoy Mitter.

The only son of

the Miners of Mirrorsville.


This is not a test of skill!

It's child's play!

So what do you want instead?

To blow off each child's head?

A sharp shooter...

...but not interested in guns!

This young man's only interest is music!

The heroine -


Zulekha Khan

Beloved daughter

of the Khans of Mirrorsville

But, Good Lord!

What is she up to, this child

from a conservative Muslim home?

And this woman with her... her nurse Fatema

Been looking after her since childhood.

Some looking after, this!

But wait!

There are more players here

2 kings!

Here is King no 1

Name? Bishwanath Mitter

Occupation? Real estate.

Plus...underhand dealings in drugs

Fortune favours the bold!

Sabir Khan

Owner of Khan Constructions Ltd.

King no 2!

Reputed Muslim family.

But his goons too, are involved

in underhand drug deals

Above all, Sabir Khan is the

prime enemy of Bishu Mitten

Both have their sights

fixed on Mirrorsville slum.

Both wish to tear down the slum

& build highrises

At present, the slum-dwellers

are fed up of their constant fights!

Come, listen for yourselves -

Hey Manik! Another round of cha!

Gang wars will start

in about an hour!

Really, it's getting too much!

It's a theatre, not hutments as such.

From morning to night

we have drama!

Careful now!

That's a sharp new blade!

Brawling all morning,

can one keep one's head?

What is it today? - Who can say!

Godforsaken fellows.. stepping on each other's toes!

They'll drive us out from here,

God knows!

Both demand cuts!

What the hell, I say!

Just paid off one;

the other turns up today!

This simply can't go on!

They'll soon be dead and gone!

Knife one another & be done!

Like an the shindy yesterday...

...almost at death's door Sunny lay!

You see that Tayeb Bro?

See how they bully the poor?

Where is it? Who?

Who else but those louts

Sunny & Pappu!

Let's go check it out!

What's going on here?

Ah! You here too?

You & that cheat there

make a fine pair!

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Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen (née Dasgupta, Ôporna Shen; born 25 October 1945) is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinema. A leading actress of the late 1960s and 1970s she has received eight BFJA Awards, five for best actress, two for best supporting actress and one for lifetime achievement. She is the winner of nine National Film Awards and nine international film festival awards for her direction in films. She was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by the government of India in 1987. Sen made her debut in Teen Kanya (1961) and received her success with Aparichito (1969). She went on to establish herself as a leading actress of Bengali Cinema with the films Aranyer Din Ratri (1970), Ekhane Pinjar (1971), Ekhoni (1971), Jay Jayanti (1971), Memshaheb (1972), Jiban Saikate (1972), Basanta Bilap (1973), Sonar Khancha (1973), Sujata (1974), Alor Thikana (1974), Kajallata (1975), Raag Anuraag (1975), Jana Aranya (1976), Ajasra Dhanyobad (1977), Proxy (1977 film)|Proxy (1977), Mohonar Dike (1984), Ekanto Apon (1987), Swet Patharer Thala (1992). She also garnered critical acclaim for her work in Indira (1984 film)|Indira (1984), Kari Diye Kinlam (1989), Ek Din Achanak (1999), Mahaprithibi (1991), Unishe April (1995), Paromitar Ek Din (2000), Titli (2001), Antaheen (2009), Chatushkon (2014). In addition to acting in films, Sen has also been directing films since 1981, starting with 36 Chowringhee Lane for which she won National Film Award (India) for Best Director. She went on to achieve further success in direction with films Paroma, Sati, Yugant, Paromitar Ek Din, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, 15 Park Avenue, The Japanese Wife, Iti Mrinalini, Goynar Baksho. She won her second National Film Award as a director for Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. more…

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