Three angst-ridden men bound by a common mission - settling scores with the corrupt system. They are connected by a tragedy, rage and resentment fuelling their moves. ‘Accident’ by director duo Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy starts with little Babai’s death that wrecks the whole world of his parents. “My film is inspired from a real-life accident that occurred in Kolkata. It involves the death of a 5-year-old boy who is crushed under a speeding bus. The incident leaves his dad traumatized and the bus driver arrested. A third individual, an insurance agent, walks into the scene to talk about accident claim,” Nandita explains the basic premise of her movie.
The film takes a sudden twist when they discover it was not a freak accident, but the outcome of a mechanical defect. “There are so many buses with defective chassis running on the streets of Kolkata. These buses are basically the rejected consignment from Bangladesh which is sold in the local market at a very low rate. The money is split between all involved in this illicit trade including authorities. These killer buses are still running on the road ready to take life of more innocent ones,” she says.
The film has an intense emotional angle as three families are suddenly thrown into deep trauma. The driver knows the bus is defective but the owner keeps ignoring his request to repair the vehicle. He is blamed for an incident which is not his fault. When he comes out of the jail the bus owner asks him to drive the same bus and the man is devastated. Akro, the father of the kid, was considered budding cricketer in his younger days. But he had to give up his dream following a surgery. He pins all his hopes on his son who shows a rare flair on cricket field. He knows the child crossed the street on the pedestrian crossing when the signal was on, but when blamed by his wife for not being attentive, he is shattered. The insurance agent wants to give a true report on the incident, but the company forces him to come up with a story blaming the driver. He refuses to budge and loses his job. “So there are three people trapped in three difficult situations because of one incident. They get together and start a war against the system,” she adds.
She says when the film was released in Kolkata the response was tremendous.
“The film is very realistic, West Bengal has been facing this issue for a long time. Drivers don’t have fixed salary, it’s a percentage of the total income the bus makes per day. As a result they are under pressure to make maximum trips that leads to harsh and reckless driving. The film is true picture of what’s happening in West Bengal and perhaps many other states.”