Mr and Mrs Iyer
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Mr and Mrs Iyer

Circumstances force Meenakshi Iyer and Raja Chowdhury, a photographer to behave like a couple while travelling.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2003 16:33 IST

Director: Aparna Sen
Cast: Konkana Sen, Rahul Bose
English/120 minutes/35 mm/Colour

December 2001, India. A bus rolls down a narrow, winding, hilly road. On board is Meenakshi Iyer with her 11-month-old son Santhanam. With them is Raja Chowdhury, a wildlife photographer who was introduced to her by a common friend at the bus terminus.

Since Meenakshi is traveling alone with her infant son, Raja is given the responsibility of helping her on the journey and everyone on the bus assumes that they are a couple – Mr and Mrs Iyer. But the calm is short-lived.

The bus is stopped by an angry mob out to avenge a killing. A storm of violence and hatred has swept over the entire area, with people killing one another and with bloodshed and fire all around. Now begins another journey for the passengers – a journey into themselves.

They now discover things about themselves and about one another that they had not known before. When miscreants attack their bus, Meenakshi saves Raja’s life by introducing him as her husband even though they belong to different religious communities.

Next morning they have to leave the bus in search another way to reach home. Now they have no one but each other for support. The intense violence, enmity and intolerance that they witness all around bring them even closer.

Basic human values reshape their conventional beliefs and religious differences are soon forgotten. They now feel a strong attraction for each other and start becoming a couple for real. Confused and frightened, they do not know where their journey will lead them. But their love has become all the more poignant as they know parting is inevitable…

: N. Venkatesan
Screenplay: Aparna Sen & Dulal Dey
Cinematography: Goutam Ghose
Editor: Rabi Ranjan Moitra
Art: Nikhil Baran Sengupta & Gautam Bose
Music: Zakir Hussain
Sound: Prashant Roy

First Published: Oct 15, 2003 10:56 IST