Noukadubi, produced by Subhash Ghai and distributed in North America and Canada by Databazaar Media is a period film set in the 1920s, based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore. The film premiered to a wonderful response at the IFFI, 2010 in Goa and received a standing ovation for story, performance and direction.
Romesh, a law student in Kolkata is in love with Hemnalini but is forced to marry Susheela, a girl of his parents’ choice. On his way back to Kolkata, the boat carrying Romesh and Susheela capsizes in a storm. Romesh is washed onto a deserted shore where he finds the newly married Kamala and mistakes her for Susheela. Kamala too has never seen her husband and takes Romesh to be her husband Nalinaksha.
Starting with this incident of a ‘noukadubi’, Tagore weaves a story filled with intrigue, tragedy, dramatic coincidences and mistaken identities. Through the delicately woven interrelationships among the four major characters, the tragic Romesh, the educated and sophisticated Hemnalini, city-bred Nalinaksha and the naive and rustic Kamala, Tagore explores the institution of arranged marriages and the conceptions of marital loyalty, patience and honour against the backdrop of Bengal in the 1920s.