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Praktan film-release poster
Directed byNandita Roy
Shiboprosad Mukherjee
Produced byAtanu Roy Chowdhury
Windows Production House
Written byNandita Roy
StarringProsenjit Chatterjee
Rituparna Sengupta
Soumitra Chatterjee
Aparajita Adhya
Sabitri Chatterjee
Biswanath Basu
Manali Dey
Anupam Roy
Music byAnupam Roy
Release date
  • 27 May 2016 (2016-05-27)[1]
Box office8.5 crore (US$1.2 million) ( collection worldwide)[2]

Praktan (প্রাক্তন meaning Former) is a 2016 Indian Bengali film directed by Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy. The film starred award-winning actor Prosenjit Chatterjee and Rituparna Sengupta. The film released to a huge reception on 27 May 2016 worldwide.[3] It also received the International Film Business Award 2016 for becoming the Highest Grossing Movie of the Year - Bengal alongside films liks Kabaali, Sultan, Sairat and Action Hero Biju, at Indywood Film Carnival at Ramoji Film City. Praktan is also remade in Bollywood with the name Jalebi: The Everlasting Taste of Love. The music is released by Amara Muzik.

Plot/ Review[edit]

Praktan (former) is basically about Ujaan Mukherjee (Prosenjit) and Sudipa (Rituparna) who have gone through a marriage that did not work. But the director duo has preferred not to show a straightforward relationship tale of these two individuals, preferring instead to use the medium of a train journey to narrate the journey of their failing relationship. The film begins with various people shown boarding a first class A.C. compartment of Jnaneshwari Express from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kurla in Mumbai, the start of a long journey to Kolkata (Howrah). Sudipa finds herself sharing her coupe with Malini aka Molly (Aparajita Adhya) and her young daughter Putul. Others in the compartment include the newly wedded couple Ajay (Biswanath Basu) and his wife (Manali Dey), an elderly couple (Soumitra Chatterjee) and (Sabitri Chatterjee), who are off to Kolkata as their son’s family is departing to the U.S and a group of 4 musicians (popular musicians in real life – (Anupam Roy) along with (Anindya Chatterjee) and (Upal Sengupta) of the popular band 'Chandrabindo'o and (Surojit Chatterjee) who was part of another popular band, 'Bhoomi'). In their own ways, some of the passengers seem to be having something about their past on their minds. The newly married couple briefly talk to each other about their past relationships and get on with their fondness for each other. The elderly couple is sad to leave behind their children but know that they have to move on with their own lives. One of the musicians reminisces about his association with the band that he was part of and his co-founder. And Sudipa finds herself in a spot of bother as she realizes that Malini and Putul are none other than Ujaan’s present wife and daughter. Upset over the same, she clearly demonstrates that she has not completely forgiven Ujaan for whatever happened between them and seems to carry the burden of their memories. A common love for heritage and culture had seen the conservation architect from Mumbai, Sudipa fall in love with Ujaan, an explorer as he liked to call himself and someone who conducted walks of different nature all over Kolkata and nearby towns as a tourist guide. But, of course, life after marriage turned out to be unlike what they had expected leading to their eventual separation.

Over the course of the 30 odd hours of the train journey, we come across not just a way of knowing how all these passengers spend their time, but also get an insight into the failed marriage of Ujaan and Sudipa. Ujaan joins them at Nagpur after driving down by road to catch the train. He is surprised to find Sudipa in the same coupe as his family. A non-linear approach in a subtle manner is used to shift the focus on and off from the train journey to the relationship between the two individuals who started off being madly in love, only to see their marriage crumbling in front of their own eyes. They ensure that the focus is more or less only on these two individuals when their past is shown, there is a mention of Ujaan’s close friend and Sudipa’s parents, but they are never really shown. Even the rest of the family members of Ujaan are barely showcased in an attempt to take us through their relationship curve. Over the course of their story we also get to understand how and what went wrong in case of their marriage. Beginning with a sense of apprehension and even disgust in a way, it’s wonderful to see Sudipa gradually opening up to Malini and acknowledging how wrong she was in her assumption about her. There are lots of wonderful moments in the film, like the one where the old lady complains to the railway attendant about the AC and other aspects in horrible Bangla mixed Hindi as her husband humorously points out later. Also, the way Ujaan and Sudipa manage to just about have a soulful discussion about their past and of course the interaction between Malini and Sudipa right at the end. Apart from the “Antakshari” sequence, there is hardly any interaction between the people on the coach. But then, this is essentially the story of Ujaan and Sudipa and their failed relationship. It’s wonderful to see how well-etched Malini’s character is and she is the one who in a way helps bring closure in the lives of both Ujaan and Sudipa.



Praktan was released on Friday, 27 May 2016 in both the city of Kolkata as well as in all the other major towns and cities of West Bengal at the same time. The film screened in 90+ cinema theaters in the Greater Kolkata region alone. Besides Kolkata; Praktan was also released to the audience in more than 25 cinema theaters outside of West Bengal(throughout the country) and in 9 theaters in USA, covering almost all the major American cities with a large Bengali diaspora. The film was also screened in two cinema theaters in Canada. Praktan has now become the biggest ever Bengali-film release breaking many earlier records of the film industry. Praktan is one among the ten Bengali films from first half of 2016 to win Critical Acclaim.[4]

Box office[edit]

On the very first day of its release, the film grossed an estimated 25 lacs rupees, becoming the highest-grossing film of the day. Within three days the film made a business of 1 Crore rupees. It is being surmised that the film will be raking in as much as 2 Crore rupees after the first week. The film enjoyed significant success overseas also, becoming one of the first Bengali films to nearly earn a total of 5 lacs rupees. In the opening week itself the film grossed an estimated earning of 3.6 lacs rupees in the 7 cinema theaters in USA and made approximately 1.02 lac rupees in Canada.


The music for Praktan is composed by Anupam Roy and Anindya Chatterjee and the lyrics have been penned by them as well.

Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAmara Muzik Bengali
1."Kolkata"Anupam RoyAnupam RoyAnupam Roy, Shreya Ghoshal4:42
2."Tumi Jake Bhalobasho (Female)"Anupam RoyAnupam RoyIman Chakraborty4:49
3."Tumi Jake Bhalobasho (Male)"Anupam RoyAnupam RoyAnupam Roy4:56
4."Bhromor"Radha RamanRadha RamanSurojit Chatterjee3:15
5."Moner Guptochar"  Anindya Chatterjee4:43

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Filmfare Awards East Filmfare Award for Best Film - Bengali Praktan Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Director - Bengali Nandita Roy
Shiboprosad Mukherjee
Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Bengali Rituparna Sengupta Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) - Bengali Rituparna Sengupta Won
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Bengali Aparajita Adhya Won
Filmfare Award for Best Music - Bengali Anupam Roy
Anindya Chatterjee
Filmfare Award for Best Lyrics - Bengali Anupam Roy for Tumi Jake Bhalobasho Won
Filmfare Award for Best Playback (Male) - Bengali Surojit Chatterjee for Bhromor Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Playback (Female) - Bengali Shreya Ghoshal for Kolkata Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Playback (Female) - Bengali Iman Chakraborty for Tumi Jake Bhalobasho (Female) Won
Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue - Bengali Shiboprosad Mukherjee Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards Bangla 2016 Film Song of the year - Critic's Choice Anupam Roy
Iman Chakraborty for Tumi Jake Bhalobasho (Female)
Film Song of the year Anupam Roy
Shreya Ghoshal for Kolkata
Film composer of the year Anupam Roy for Tumi Jake Bhalobasho Won
Film lyricist of the year Anupam Roy for Tumi Jake Bhalobasho Won
Film lyricist of the year Anupam Roy for Kolkata Nominated
Film upcoming female vocalist of the year Iman Chakraborty for Tumi Jake Bhalobasho (Female) Nominated
64th National Film Awards National Film Award for Best Lyrics Anupam Roy for Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho Won
National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer Iman Chakraborty for Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho Won


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  2. ^ "Out of the box: Of bad reviews and good collections in Tollywood".
  3. ^ এবার বাংলা ছবির বিশ্বযাত্রা (in Bengali). এইসময়. 25 May 2016. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "10 Bangla Films From First Half Of 2016 Which Won Critical Acclaim". Retrieved 2 July 2016.

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