This has to be one of Ray's lesser inspired works. He has made minimal effort to adapt the script of a play into an entertaining movie. The story, like all his movies, depicts struggle against social stigmas. But its dull. The characters fail to generate any bonding with the audience. The pace is extremely slow and the dialog stilted. This could be because Ray was cautious of the sensitive issue being dealt with in the movie. He may have deliberately presented such a clinical version to avoid a clash with the religious right. The collusion of media and bureaucracy exposed by the movie is admirable. Bottomline, I would rather watch the same performance as a play instead of the movie format.
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