6. Atanka (1986)
The stone-cold warning, ‘Mastermoshai, apni kintu kichhui dekhenni’ (Sir, you have seen nothing), is now a part of film folklore. Soumitra plays a humble school teacher who witnesses a murder by one of his ex-students on a rainy night. He initially succumbs to the threat but later musters the courage to reveal everything to the police, even at the cost of an acid attack on her daughter. The film’s plot was taken from several newspaper headlines. Soumitra brilliantly brings to life the vulnerabilities of the common man, weighed down by political and muscle power. This was another Tapan Sinha classic and a rather brutal commentary on the socio-economic situation of the country at that time. Not much has changed though in all these years.