Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Producer: Shrikant Mohta , Mahendra Soni
Cast: Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai, Mouli Ganguly, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Annu Kapoor, Surekha Sikri
Music : Debojyoti Mishra
Lyrics: Rituparno Ghosh
RAINCOAT marks the debut of Rituparno Ghosh in Bollywood. Raincoat is the story of two people joined by love but separated by circumstance. It is the story of a young man, Manoj (Ajay Devgan) and a woman, Niru (Aishwarya Rai). Manoj is a businessman who has never made the grade in the television business. He was jilted by his former lover Niru in preference for her mother's choice of a successful entrepreneur and is now reduced to begging money off his friends to set up a new business venture. The story begins with Manoj seen leaving his mother to travel to Kolkata in search of finance. The city of Kolkata has a different platform of hope for him. With the hope to rejuvenate him out of his financial crises and a hope to meet his beloved, Niru, Manof sets off to Kolkata. On a wet afternoon, he found his way to her house in a borrowed raincoat. She met him trapped in silk, and shrouded by darkness in a strange, gloomy house. There in the dark, hidden from the world by the rain, they were once again together. They talked and talked and yet said nothing. Narrated against the backdrop of a rainy afternoon, a Raincoat shows how deep love is and brings out the love Niru and Manoj have nurtured within their hearts since childhood for each other. Inspired from O Henry's classic short story The Gift of Magi, the film though appears to have very little to offer but if understood and felt it has a whole world of love, understanding and commitment to offer. It shows how deep love can be, it shows to what extent understanding between people who
trust and love each other can be and it shows what exactly commitment is to a responsible person. Aishwarya gives a brilliant performance. Absolutely without makeup and looking terribly depressed, you can actually feel her pain and sufferings. Ajay Devgan also gives a wonderful performance. On the whole, the film might not appeal to the masses but will definately touch those who love offbeat films.