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Grey Kolkata sky goes as far as eye can see. Two cars pull in outside an under-construction building. Abhik Chowdhry steps out of the car, casually. Him and his team are following a lead on an arms’ haul case. This becomes the day’s biggest story. Face of Abhik Chowdhry adorns every TV screen as news channels rush to cover the story. In another part of the city, Ranjan, lost in his sensex fixation catches a glimpse of his cousin on the television, calling him to congratulate him on his big story. Lost in his own story, Ranjan is a guy who is one of the closest friends Abhik has. His next call is to a totally different part of the city, to a woman, Paromita or Paro, as he calls her, his ex-wife. Casual chit chat, a joke by Paro hints at his solitary way of life while her life looks happy with a career she is content with. In another part of the city, Brinda Roy Menon, an investigation journalist is intrigued by the story. With a desire to follow onto it, she calls cop Abhik asking for an interview. But conversation doesn’t go too well. Skeptical about sensationalization of a seemingly sensitive case, Abhik turns down Brinda’s request.
While all these people are happy about Abhik’s story, builder V K Mehra is bothered by the uncovering news as the site of case happens to be next to site for construction of his next project. Amidst frenzy of life that is running too fast, no one seems to have time to stop and think. But Abhik and Brinda, two young people zealous about their careers, have found a way to seek refuge from madness of the crowd. Every night, in a chat window, they meet a virtual identity that offers them comfort more real than anything real in their lives. Unaware about the name or identity of the virtual personality, all Brinda knows is a guy- ‘ Boy in a box’ while all Abhik knows is a chat window named ‘ Raat Jaga Taara’.
Sharing nuances of life, Boy in a box’s and Raat jaga taara’s relation develops into a unique bond, incomparable with anything else. This comes as a respite from harsh realities of life that both these individuals face. Abhik, almost a cynic, comes across relations that run into inevitable doom of reality pretty often. His own cousin Ranjan da’s relation with his wide Paro stays on rocks. This is the reason that both these individuals prefer to keep their weird relation anonymous. What they share are little joys of life that are beyond realms of real name or true identity.
Paro, a marketing executive is an artist from heart. Her passion is photography but that’s part of what she does. Brinda, a colleague is one of Paro’s closest friends, ofcourse, besides Ranjan. Paro and Ranjan had a lovely relationship. But they live separately now. Marriage was probably over, but friendship wasn’t. They were each other’s confidants and most certainly, in need for each other. That is why when an offer for job in Mumbai comes along, Paro seeks Ranjan’s advice. Their relation is in a weird spot. Past complications make it difficult for them to open up to each other. That is why, as a rationalist, Ranjan suggests her to take the job and move to Mumbai to explore her career. But the truth is, neither of them wants to leave the other. Paro, especially, hopes one last call from Ranjan, a sign that he wants her back in his life as she fears her preference for her career in past had led to disappointment in their marriage and an ultimate fall out. V K Mehra hosts a launch party where he invites Abhik. Paro asks Brinda to come along. And this is how they meet each other for the first time. A rather cold meeting, they don’t seem to hit it off well. But after a rocky start, they warm up to each other Ranjan’s birthday party.
One night, in a casual conversation with his Pishi, Abhik realizes embodiment of endless wait when she tells him about her similar relation with an unknown identity. Life seems to get a little more complicated as Abhik realizes he might be developing feelings for Brinda along with suspecting his seemingly weird love for the ‘chat window’. Lost in his own world, Abhik is sure about comfort from his virtual friend, who too is developing feelings, although inexplicable, for the ‘boy in a box’. Both these worlds look ready to continue existing parallel when one night, in a casual conversation with Abhik, Brinda realizes extreme similarity between him and her virtual friend. Realization dawns. She understands he is the boy in a box. World seems better. She leaves an offline message for boy in box to meet her the next day, at a given place and time. But end is close. Brinda dies in a car crash. And with her, the realization dies too. Abhik wakes up to check his computer and find a message. Skeptical though, he is happy about the idea. But moments later, he receives news of Brinda’s death. Devastated, Abhik goes to comfort Paro who has decided to stay back in Kolkata and rekindle her relation with Ranjan. Next, he goes to the place of meeting but ‘Raat jaaga taara’ never shows up. He waits but then walks away. Abhik, at end of the day, seeks comfort in his escape from reality but she is offline. He waits. The light doesn’t change color. He waves it away thinking she must have been busy. The night passes. And the next. And the next. And the next. Unaware of the fact that with one friend, he has lost two, Abhik continues to wait for her to show up. Every night, he gives himself a new reason. Every morning, he awaits the night, another night of wait with his endless hope.