Abaidha (2002)

Run Time - 114 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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A hardworking government employee learns his efficient and decisive job skills do not work with the same degree of success in his domestic life in Indian filmmaker Gul Bahar Singh's 2001 domestic drama The Demolition Man. Biman Dutta (Chiranjeet) leads a very structured and officious life as head of Calcutta's Demolition department. Regularly inspecting markets for illegal shops, Biman decides what gets demolished and what doesn't by following strictly the city's regulations -- and not by participating in the widespread corruption other officials are susceptible to. His home life is equally regimented, much to the chagrin of his wife Mouli (Debasree Roy), whose day-to-day existence is largely made up of television viewing. The monotony of their marriage is broken up when Mouli's ex-sweetheart Indra (Rajit Kapoor) arrives in town and strikes up a new friendship with the bored housewife. As the two former lovers begin to rekindle their romance, Biman is forced to examine his way of life -- and how to best deal with his wife's new affair. The Demolition Man was chosen for inclusion in the World Cinema program of the 2002 Montreal World Film Festival.