THE GHOST HAS THE LAST LAUGH
There’s something intimate and otherworldly about Rashmoni’s (Moushumi Chatterjee) wooden jewellery box. She guards it with her life and grudgingly doles out little pieces of intricate gold to new brides in the household with a bitter word thrown in to underline her disapproval. She keeps meticulous records of her cherished possessions and secretly tries them out in the confines of her chamber. They represent everything her life may have been if fate (or more accurately, the force of patriarchy) hadn’t played its cruel hand. Married at 11 to a much older man, widowed at 12, she has lived in deprivation and neglect ever since, her long tresses cruelly chopped off, her desires trampled even before she discovered them.