‘One Rainy Day’ is the third story from author Reetwika Banerjee’s debut book, Fantastic 40. The book has already received rave reviews from the critics for its literary ingenuity, as Reetwika’s so-called micro stories develop an entirely new genre in literature.
‘One Rainy Day’ is a fictional anecdote. It’s a story of only three pages with the protagonist telling us about his present love-interest, a sweet young girl he sees in the bus stand regularly. The boy is little confused why she boards the black car every day from the bus stop and not her home. However, as the girl reciprocates to his playful flirting, he becomes the gallant knight in shining armor and hopes to propose her. On one such rainy day, as he finds the perfect setting to fulfill his romantic endeavors and attempts to make a move he discovers perhaps the hardest and ironical truth of his life – the mystery of the black car. Although the story is very short, the author has made adept use of words to describe the short narrative perfectly subtly moving towards the climax and ending it with a rather humorous irony.
You can now enjoy the story in its movie adaptation, which is a short film in Bengali titled, ‘Adhura’ by Euphoria Films, direction and screenplay by Abhijit Sinha.
The film has achieved an Official Selection at the 12th season of Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (CICFF) which is a member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York. CICFF screening will be held in the city of joy, Kolkata on 5-6th Dec 2017 and the short film will also be screened at the prestigious theatre ‘Indira Cinema’ by November end. Adhura found a place in the top 15 list competing with short films from Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain and many more countries.
The protagonist Sudipto (enacted by Praveen Srivastava) stays with his father Sujoy (enacted by Ajoy Chakraborty) in a middle-class apartment, sharing a sweet and sour relationship.
Sudipto meets Mira (enacted by Amita Bharat) for the first time on the main road when the city is preparing for Durga Puja. He falls in love with her at the very first sight. The girl also smiles back, but then a black car comes and she goes off. This keeps repeating for over a week.
On the other hand, Bunny (enacted by Dhruv Jha) is a family friend of Mira who too has a crush on her but when he comes to know about his best friend Sudipto’s love interest on Mira, Bunny sacrifices his feelings. Meantime the trio meets at a festive gathering where Sudipto bumps onto Mira.
On the day of Dussera, Sudipto finally decides to propose her but when the same black car picks her up again, Sudipto desperately chases the car with Bunny’s help and finally discovers the hardest truth of his life. He finds his father and Mira in an utterly cozy stance inside the black car.
Sudipto crashes down in despair. He does not know which was a bigger loss for him – Father or Mira.
Really enjoyed reading the story, now let’s see what the movie unfolds!!