Kapurush (The Coward)
Amitabha Roy (Soumitra
) is a Calcutta based scriptwriter who is driving
around in the country to collect material for a film. His vehicle
breaks down in a small town. A tea planter, Bimal Gupta, offers
hospitality for the night. Amitabha is forced to accept the offer
as he has no alternative.
At Gupta's house, he is introduced to his wife Karuna (Madhabi
Mukherjee). Amitabha is shocked to find her to be the girl he once
loved and had let down. Unaware of their past relationship, Gupta
entertains Amitabha. He comes across as a simple man with none
of the physical or intellectual charms of Roy.
Amitabha manages to steal a few moments alone with Karuna. He conveys
to her about his love and asks her to leave her husband. Karuna
hides her own feelings. Unable to regain the old intimacy with
her, he remembers his betrayal. It was the last time he saw her.
Forced by her uncle who did not approve of the relationship and
wanted to send her away, She came to him. Even though Roy was a
poor student, she had made up her mind to accept his situation
and confront her family's disapproval. Roy, however, proved to
be a coward. Now that he is a successful man, Amitabha asks Karuna
to leave her husband for him. Karuna, however, does or says a little
to encourage him.
The next morning, Amitabha decides to take the train instead of
waiting for the vehicle to be repaired. He writes note to Karuna,
requesting her to meet him at the railway station if she still
cared for him.
Amitabha waits for Karuna at the station. Karuna does arrive but
only to snub him before going back to her husband.
Mahapurush (The Holy Man)
After the death of his wife, Gurupada Mitter (Prasad Mukherjee),
an advocate, has not been at peace. He and his daughter Buchki
(Gitali Roy), meet Birinchi (Charuprakash Ghosh). Birinchi Baba
claims to be ageless. He tells stories from the past; about his
arguments with 'Pluto' about time, how he taught E=mc2
Einstein, and was on first-name terms with Jesu (Christ) and Gautam
(Buddha). Birinchi Baba has a growing band of rich devotees.
Gurupada decides to patronize the holy man and become his disciple.
Daughter Buchki is disappointed with her lover Satya. To teach
him a lesson, she tells Satya that she is going to leave him and
become a disciple of Birinchi Baba.
Satya turns to his friend Nibaran for his help. It does not take
Nibaran long to realize that Birinchi Baba is a fraud. Nibaran
and friends expose Birinchi Baba. The devotees feel foolish and
perhaps have learnt a lesson.
Kapurush, though the story is quite simple, a love triangle,
beneath the surface a complex range of emotions are felt. Performances,
the camerawork and the imagination of the audience bring out the
tensions and the emotional under currents among the three characters.
We are never sure if Karuna's husband is aware of her affair with
What others say...
"Kapurush reveals Ray at his very sharpest as a psychologist;
every scene is model of supple, lifelike dialogue and probing,
telling camerawork. ... there is much below the surface that does
not strike the casual gaze.
Although Mahapurush is near to straight farce, it still has a rich
script carried off with much aplomb and relish by its cast."
- Andrew Robinson (Ray's Biographer)