Ranjit Mullick shines as PratidwondiFormer goon Iqbal Khan is now far away from his murder and roughing up days. He now heads a theatre group, which tries obtain justice for common people through street plays. Dibyendu or Debu, the most gifted actor of the group aspires to make it big in the world of cinema. He is also in love with a attractive local lass called Sharmila.
Iqbal Khan mentors Debu and gives him a big break in silver screen. Debu becomes a household name as Ashokekumar, his screen name. He moves to a palatial bungalow in Kolkata with his family and wife, Sharmila.
One day in a party Debu meets model Dipti and her elder sister, Sohini. At the same party, Dipti gets murdered by a one Rana Ghosal. Debu and Sohini are identified as the only witness. To avoid a scandal, Debu gives an incorrect testimony to the police. But conscience continues to badger him. Ultimately one day he lets the cat out of the bag by naming Rana as key witness. Rana’s dad home minister pulls the necessary strings to prove Rana innocent. But common people protests to this injustice. Iqbal khan’s street acts as a vehicle for protest. Ultimately the case is reopened, and the guilty are convicted. This is how, runs the story of Anup Sengupta’s latest film, Pratidwandi but erratic script kills the flavor of the film. The wafer-thin storyline was also a let-downer. Ranjit Mullick as Iqbal Khan shines throughout the film. Rahul-Priyanka put up a decent show. No cost has been spared for set, locations, and costumes. Action sequences are gloss and chic. Dipankar Dey, Rajatava Dutta, Pia Sengupta, Bhola Tamang comes as dependable supporting cast. Songs by Ashoke Bhadra sync well with the film.
– Article: Sujit Sengupta, English version by Kush
New Bengali Film News (Sep, 2010)