Upcoming English film AND ONCE AGAIN is directed by veteran actor Amol Palekar. It stars Antara, Mali, Rajat Kapoor and Rituparna Sengupta. Also titled as AVARTANIS, this English-Hindi bilingual is based on strong relationship between three people.
Rituparna Sengupta plays the wife of Rajat Kapoor, who maintains a secret affair. Here Antara will be featured in a bald look, for she plays a Buddhist Monk.
The movie is set in the backdrop of Sikkim, in the abode of Buddhist monasteries. The story and screenplay is done by Sandhya Gokhale while Debojyoti Mishra has handled the music. Interestingly, the movie was shot within a month and now it is waiting for the release.
The Rotating prayer bells, the fluttering holy flags encircling the majestic monasteries, the overwhelming peace filled in the valleys, the rhythmic chanting piercing the silence of the snow peaks.... All was being devoured by Manuvela and Rishi during their stay in Sikkim, India. Manuvela is an architect who is on her official visit. On her insistence, her husband, Rishikesh Nag joins her. The serenity of the gorgeous hills keeps both of them oblivious to the events dictated by their future!!!
Rishi is trying to cope with the reality since he had lost his wife and son in a violent attack when he was posted in Yugoslavia. While he was undergoing therapy in order to overcome his trauma, Rishi met Manuvela - his psychiatrist's daughter! She fell in love with him. Their marriage helped him to get back to life.
While returning from a monastery in Sikkim, Rishi sees a female monk who resembled his first wife Savitri. He gets restless with his doubt: he tries to identify her - unfortunately, his suspicion gets confirmed. Subsequently he confides in Manu about this accidental revelation: she also gets shaken. The film unfolds their complex situation while tracing the roots of this incredible coincidence. Had Savitri not died? How did she end up being a monk in Sikkim? Does Savitri recognize Rishi? How does Manu react? What is end of this awkward dilemma?
While dealing with intricacies of man-woman relationship, the film subtly talks about repercussions of violence on human life: its lingering shadow on all of us with its startling shades! Somehow we manage to draw a line between our past and present........