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March 23, 2012

Sons and lovers

Filed under: Have you seen this? — Rajeev @ 10:30 pm

Memories in March… Director Sanjoy Nag’s film evocatively journeys through landscapes such as death, grief, loss and love, but at the same time, it builds upon an unlikely relationship between strangers.

Deepti Naval plays Aarti Mishra, a mother who we see arriving at Kolkata airport, faced with the unimaginable tragedy of her son Siddharth’s fatal accident. She’s taken to the crematorium by Siddharth’s colleague Shahana, played by Raima Sen. Aarti is touched by the kindness of Siddharth’s colleagues, especially Siddharth’s boss, and creative director at his ad-agency, Arnab, played by Rituparno Ghosh, who is also the writer of Memories In March.

A single mother whose world revolves around her son, Aarti is shattered by Siddharth’s death, but we only see her break down in private, once she is in alone in his home. However, there is a bigger shock lurking for her. When Arnab and Arti lock heads over some photographs she wants to take from Siddharth’s office, she storms out, only to discover later that Arnab was her son’s big secret, his lover.

Deepti Naval tackles this part with grace, and you can feel her torn between grief and anger that her son was hiding his sexuality and his relationship from her. Despite their shaky start, it is the shared affection that they have for Siddharth that draws Aarti and Arnab closer, forming a strange bond as they reminisce over their loved one. Rituparno Ghosh plays a tricky role — his character Arnab walks the tightrope between maintaining a dignified façade, and giving way to his grief.

Skillfully written and directed, Memories In March is that rare film that sensitively handles prejudices that crumble in the face of love.


  1. Oh, this is one of my all time favourite movie… what awesome acting by deepti naval & rituparno ghosh… the moments they share – the hate and later love is so touching.. now waiting to get my hands on Arekti Premer Golpo.

    Comment by nandini — April 6, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  2. Awesome movie… however Raima was not at her best…

    Comment by Rahul — April 7, 2012 @ 9:03 am

  3. Good movies are rare these days . It’s sad nobody got a chance to watch this movie . I myself had to go the TPB way to watch . RG was awesome.

    Comment by Ramsey — April 7, 2012 @ 10:28 am

  4. yes I did.. it was good

    Comment by sweety — April 9, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

  5. Oh wonderful movie. Watched it in Bangalore.. Loved the song.. though didn’t understand much. I love the hate and love chemistry between Deepti and Rituparno..

    Comment by Charanpal — April 21, 2012 @ 3:11 am

  6. One of the best work by Rituparno..

    Feel good movie !

    Comment by Vineeth Kunjan — May 22, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  7. ya i watch this movie no words to explain its amazing based on feelings human relations love no matter how they r .. great …

    Comment by khushendra — June 10, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  8. this is one of best movies i have seen in recent times..

    Comment by Dhanraj — July 23, 2012 @ 7:40 am

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