The film opens with Somlata's entry as the new bride into the decadent zamindar family presided over by the imperious Chandranath. The expenses for the wedding are paid off with an old Burma teak four-poster and a luxurious carpet. But no man of this family has worked for a living, so his two sons — Chandan and Chanchal — while away their time fishing and with their favourite courtesan. Everyone in the extended family eyes the goynar baksho — a jewellery hoard of 500 bhari — that's guarded by the hawk-eyed, foul-mouthed, venom-spitting Pishima. Once she dies, the treasure can be divided. But Pishima has other plans, when she is close to dying, she entrusts the box to Somlata, with the rider that she has to safeguard it. But Somlata uses her native intelligence to convince Pishima to pawn the jewels and use the capital to set up a sari shop. Thus the landed gentry enter into commerce.
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The film is based on the novel Goynar Baksho and the short story Rashmonir Sonadana, both written by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. Read More