Hemlock Society is a Bengali-language film from India that combines romance, dark humor and social commentary. It was released on 22 June 2012 and directed by Srijit Mukherji, who had previously directed acclaimed films such as Autograph and Baishe Srabon. The film features Parambrata Chatterjee and Koel Mallick as the lead pair, and veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee in a supporting role. The film's title is derived from the name of a controversial organization that operated in Santa Monica, US, from 1980 to 2003. The Hemlock Society advocated for the right of terminally ill people to end their lives with dignity and provided them with information and assistance on how to do so. The film explores the themes of death, suicide and euthanasia through a quirky and unconventional plot. The film was well-received by critics and audiences and was later remade in Marathi as Welcome Zindagi in 2015.
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The film revolves around Ananda Kar (Parambrata Chatterjee), a young man who runs a workshop called Hemlock Society, where he teaches people how to commit suicide in a painless and hassle-free way. He believes that suicide is a personal choice and that people should have the freedom to end their lives if they are unhappy or hopeless. He also helps people who are terminally ill or suffering from incurable diseases to die peacefully.
One day, he meets Meghna (Koel Mallick), a cheerful and lively girl who works as a radio jockey. She is fascinated by Ananda's workshop and decides to enroll in it, hoping to learn something new. However, she soon realizes that she is not cut out for suicide and that she has a lot to live for. She also develops feelings for Ananda and tries to convince him to give up his morbid profession and embrace life.
Ananda, on the other hand, has a dark past that haunts him and makes him cynical and depressed. He lost his parents in a car accident when he was a child and was raised by his grandfather (Soumitra Chatterjee), who is also a member of the Hemlock Society. He suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to age prematurely and makes him vulnerable to various health problems. He knows that he does not have much time left and that he will eventually die alone and in pain.
The film takes a dramatic turn when Ananda's grandfather dies of a heart attack and leaves him a letter revealing a shocking truth. He tells Ananda that he was not his biological grandfather, but a friend of his real grandfather, who was also a member of the Hemlock Society. He also tells him that his parents did not die in an accident, but committed suicide together after finding out that they had passed on the genetic disorder to Ananda. He says that he took Ananda under his care and lied to him to protect him from the harsh reality.
Ananda is devastated by this revelation and decides to end his life as well. He writes a farewell note to Meghna and leaves for his workshop, where he plans to kill himself using a lethal injection. Meghna, who has been trying to contact him, finds his note and rushes to stop him. She reaches the workshop and finds him lying unconscious on the floor, with a syringe in his hand. She calls for help and tries to revive him.
The film ends with a cliffhanger, leaving the audience wondering whether Ananda survives or not. The film also shows a montage of scenes from the lives of some of the people who attended Ananda's workshop and how they changed their minds about suicide after meeting Meghna. The film implies that Meghna's positive outlook and love for life have inspired many people to overcome their despair and find happiness. 0efd9a6b88