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Praktan (2016)

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A married woman (Rituparna Sengupta) who is on journey from Mumbai to Howrah by train, meets her ex-husband (Prasenjit Chatterjee).



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Credited cast:
Prasenjit Chatterjee ... Ujaan
Rituparna Sengupta ... Sudipa
Aparajita Adhya Aparajita Adhya ... Malini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Biswanath Basu
Anindya Chatterjee Anindya Chatterjee
Sabitri Chatterjee
Saswata Chatterjee ... Special Appearance
Soumitra Chatterjee
Surojit Chatterjee Surojit Chatterjee
Manali De Manali De
Anupam Roy
Upal Sengupta Upal Sengupta


A simple tale of a married and a separated couple. A married woman (Rituparna Sengupta) who is on journey from Mumbai to Howrah by train, meets her ex-husband (Prasenjit Chatterjee). This films reveals a journey that simplifies the complexities of most modern day relationships. Written by Swarup Basak

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

27 May 2016 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Former See more »

Filming Locations:

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Praktan Review – The Former was a formaldehyde !
26 July 2016 | by g_aparnaSee all my reviews

Praktan Review – The Former was a formaldehyde ! Formaldehyde : a colorless pungent irritating gas CH2O used chiefly as a disinfectant .

The former wife disinfects the husband and makes a better person out of him – she makes him a romantic lovable husband for the 2nd wife. You see experience makes perfect – he goofed up his first marriage so the next time he made it sure to not repeat the same mistakes again…..and go for a divorce yet again! About Former: Sudipa – A girl born and brought up in Mumbai – likes to wear sleeveless and / or revealing outfits that flaunts the assets of a female body. She likes to smoke as well. She is an architect. She meets Ujaan when she came visiting Kolkata and thought of him as her ideal man. Why? Well he was smart, good looking and they shared a similar taste of keeping information of historic buildings.

About Ujaan (the man who later becomes a hubby) Has the office in his own house, middle class family people. Ladies in the family believe in being docile, decent, silent lambs who are at the beck and call of the males of the family. Understand that Ujaan has grown up watching such women who compromise a lot without feeling of having compromised at all! They are home makers and lived as queens at their homes – cooking and looking after children. Never ask the husband about his whereabouts because they understand that the world outside is wicked and he really has to work hard to get food on the table. Thus whenever the husband came home after work, the wife pampers him with warm tea and good food so that he feels that his daily toil is worth all the trouble after all! About Latter Molly or Malini. Educated girl. Worked as Accountant in a small office. Gives up job with arrival of baby. Does not complain and nag about husband not giving time. Understands that he is trying to establish his business so shows patience and stands by him. Simple middle class family girl who fits well in their family. Has no desire to flaunt private parts of the body in public …nor does she like to smoke or drink! praktan-review-aumaparna Conclusion: A girl must always meet the family and especially the mother to see what kind of woman has the boy grown up watching.

A man usually forms a picture of an ideal woman based on the qualities of his mother. The first encounter of a boy with a feminine aspect is his mother and then his sister. Usually they understand that women will be more or less like them and forms a picture of his ideal would-be wife based on the information available to him.

Of course in the course of time he gets to meet other kinds of girls as well and many different aspects of womanhood gets revealed to him as he grows but still the ideal picture is mostly based on women in his household.

So folks, it is rather simple now to understand a man (esp. when you are going to tie the nuptial knot) – meet the women of his famil and see what he expects or will eventually expect of you.

Ujaan was enamoured with Sudipa – her smartness and dress sense – whatever – but eventually he could not tolerate the fact that that she came home late and spent time with her boss. He could not even accept the fact that the boss signs off as 'Love'…though no Boss usually signs as 'Love' – he will give instructions and when the job is done, he appreciates. ….and definitely not send messages to his lady subordinate and sign off as 'love'..unless of course either he lacks etiquettes or is actually trying to become intimate with the female associate.

So girls, meet the mother and the sister (if any) ..this is one of the sure shot ways of knowing what kind of a man your would-be is. Homely mother – strong positive personality…will expect his daughter-in-law to be homely, chaste and loyal….desperate housewife or weak personality mother will allow her daughter in law to have fun..wear sleeveless, smoke, drink, party and even have sex outside wedlock…since probably she herself is like that.

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