A government zoning official charged with bulldozing illegal sidewalk market stalls employs a similar methodology to his marriage and life in overlong yet provocative Bengali drama “The Demolition Man.” On the strength of thoughtful central metaphor, pic could fit at fests; though offshore theatrical is unlikely, ancillary outlets are possible.
To the outside world, Biman Dutta (vet Chiranjeet) is a tough and efficient Calcutta bureaucrat, but the human toll of his workaholic approach is causing nightmares and fits of self-loathing. He’s long since grown apart from his loving yet exasperated wife, Mouli (Debasree Roy), who complains that “all day, I chat up the parrot and watch TV.” The arrival of adman Indra (Rajit Kapoor), Mouli’s true love prior to her arranged mar-riage to Biman, results in a rekindling of their long-dormant feelings. When Biman discovers the affair, he decides on a fresh start, offering Mouli to Indra via an uncontested divorce, and quitting his job. Pic gets points for originality (it was scripted by same team who wrote helmer Gul Bahar Singh’s 2001 generational drama “The Adopted”), but would benefit from overall tightening. Tech credits are competent.