Charulata [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1964]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Adapting Tagore, a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali cultural historian Supriya Chaudhuri
  • Archival audio interview with Director Satyajit Ray, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson

Synopsis

Charulata
This film by Satyajit Ray, India's most renowned filmmaker, tells the story of Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee), a woman in late 19th-century Calcutta. She is neglected by her busy husband, Bhupati (Shailen Mukherjee), a politically active newspaper publisher. When Bhupati's younger cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), a sensitive, intellectual student on break from the university, comes for an extended visit, Charu enjoys Amal's company, and the two while away the hours in conversation. But as their relationship grows closer, Charu falls in love with Amal. The film, based on a popular Indian novel, marks a significant point in Ray's career, as it bears the influence of Western film on his directorial style. Shown at the 1965 Berlin Film Festival, the film was curiously and inexplicably rejected by the committee at the Cannes Film Festival. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Soumitra Chatterjee
    Soumitra Chatterjee - Amal
  • Madhabi Mukherjee
    Madhabi Mukherjee - Charu
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