Directed by veteran actor Amol Palekar, ‘And Once Again’ is a warm rendition of human emotions, intertwined beautifully with a heart wrenching story of a pained heart, recuperating from the loss of losing one’s love and then finding the same love, lost in the most unusual way - once again!
Starring Antara Mali, Rajat Kapoor and Rituparna Sengupta, the movie subtly talks about repercussions of violence on human life.
Rishi (Rajat) is trying to cope with the reality since he had lost his wife and son in a violent attack when he was posted in Yugoslavia. While he was undergoing therapy in order to overcome his trauma, Rishi met Manuvela (Rituparna) – his psychiatrist’s daughter. She fell in love with him. Their marriage helped him to get back to life.
Manuvela is an architect who is on her official visit to Sikkim, India. On her insistence, her husband, Rishi joins her to the home of rotating prayer bells, the fluttering holy flags encircling the majestic monasteries and the overwhelming peace filled in the valleys.
Both are enjoying their stay and relish the serenity of the gorgeous hills, oblivious of the events that are to dictate their future!
As Rishi is returning from a monastery in Sikkim, Rishi sees a female monk who resembled his first wife Savitri (Antara). He gets restless with his doubt: he tries to identify her – unfortunately, his suspicion gets confirmed. Subsequently, he confides in Manu about this accidental revelation: she also gets shaken.
The film unfolds their complex situation while tracing the roots of this incredible coincidence. Had Savitri not died? How did she end up being a monk in Sikkim? Does Savitri recognize Rishi? How does Manu react? What is end of this awkward dilemma?
While dealing with intricacies of man-woman relationship, the film casts a lingering shadow on all of us with its startling shades as the characters manage to draw a line between their past and present. ‘And Once Ahain’ is rather slow, but worth a dekko for the perfect monsoon weekend!
Rating: Two cheers for this one!