Bimal Das, a Government
Officer, is now leading a retired life in a remote corner of the Himalayas.
He has bought a cottage, which is surrounded by mountains on three sides,
and a river on the fourth. There is a hanging bridge across the river, which
connects the cottage to the outside world.
As the film
opens, we see Bimal's cottage humming with activity. The entire Das
family is here for the winter holidays -
Nirmal, the eldest son, an army doctor
based in Pune; his vivacious wife, Anita; Shyamal, the younger
son, a professor of English in a Calcutta college. Anita has also
dragged her younger sister, Sunita, for a holiday, with the intention
of getting her acquainted with Shyamal.
friend, Brojen Bhowmik, hearing about the get-together, has also
coordinated his trip accordingly. Inspite of his busy schedule, as the MD of
a tea plantation, he visits Bimal regularly.
Anita, the perfect daughter-in-law, has taken over the kitchen. But
cooking is not her only objective this time. She is impatient to know the
outcome of her efforts in bringing Shyamal and Sunita
together. But Shyamal eludes her.
At night, an unexpected thunderstorm starts. Brojen is worried,
because he has to attend an important meeting at his plantation in 3 days
The rain stops that night, when everyone's asleep. A little later, there's a
mild tremor, which
develops into a massive earthquake. Panic-stricken, the entire family is
The tremor subsides, and normalcy gradually returns to the household. The
electricity had gone off, so kerosene lamps and candles are lit, and
everyone gets busy trying to clean up the mess
Early morning, the family
discover that the hanging bridge has been destroyed. 'Do you realize what
this means?' - Nirmal utters in horror - 'It means that we are
totally cut off
from the rest of the world.
When, after three relentless
days of nightmare, the Government Relief arrives on the scene, the
close-knit family has fallen apart. Relationships have disintegrated, and
changed beyond recognition. It is only Shyamal and Sunita, who
have come closer. In moments of anguish and despair, they have found - love.