Tag Archives: Soumitra Chatterjee

Ashani Sanket / Distant Thunder (1973) Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Bobita, Sandhya Roy, Drama

ashani-sanket-aka-distant-thunder-1973
Gangacharan is the new Brahmin of a village, where he assumes various duties: teaching, organizing religious events, and trying to prevent epidemics. But in that year 1943, war is raging (as reminded by the planes occasionally heard flying over the countryside), and a major famine is under way. As food shortages reach catastrophic proportions, Gangacharan attempts to preserve his privileged situation, while his generous wife, Ananga, conversely tries to help and support the community.

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Charulata (1964) Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Drama, Romance

Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964)
Charu lives a lonely and idle life in 1870s India. Although her husband Bhupati devotes more time to his newspaper than to their marriage, he sees her loneliness and asks his brother-in-law,Umapada to keep her company. At the same time Bhupati’s own brother, Amal, a would-be writer comes home finishing his college education. However, after several months, Charu and Amal’s feelings for each other move beyond literary friendship.

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Apur Sansar / The World of Apu (1959) Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Drama

Apur Sansar (Satyajit Ray, 1959)
Apu is a jobless former student dreaming vaguely of a future as a writer. An old college friend talks him into a visit up-country to a village wedding. This changes his life, for when the bridegroom turns out to be mad, Apu’s friend asks him to become the husband. After initial revulsion at the idea, Apu agrees. Apu takes his exquisite bride, Aparna, back to Calcutta. But Aparna dies while giving birth, Apu leaves Calcutta, crazy with grief, and his son Kajal is left abandoned with his wife’s parents. Only after a long period of total indifference to worldly responsibilities, does Apu become capable of returning to the world.

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Heerak Rajar Deshe / The Kingdom of Diamonds (1980) Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Robi Ghosh, Comedy

Hirak Rajar Deshe (1980)
The musician duo of Goopi Gayin and Bagha Bayin make a comeback in this sequel, where they are invited to the court of the Hirak Raja (Diamond King), for their musical skills. They have to perform at the kingdom’s Jubilee Celebrations. But coming to the kingdom, they use their natural goodness and curiosity to find out that all is not well in the kingdom. There is exploitation of poor farmers and diamond-miners. There are sycophant courtiers and ruthless armies. And there is a mad scientist with this Brain-washing machine. With the help of an upright school-master, Goopi and Bagha set out to correct the evils… with the help of their ghost-given skills, fast thinking and an impish sense of humour.

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Shakha Proshakha / The Branches of the Tree (1990) Satyajit Ray, Ajit Banerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Drama

Shakha Proshakha (1990)
An aged patriarch (Ajit Bannerjee), popular for his scrupulous honesty, has a heart attack in the middle of a town gathering in his honour. The event brings together his four sons, of which the second Proshanto (Soumitra) has been in reclusive insanity for several years after a shock incident years ago. Waiting for closure on the father’s health situation, the four reminisce and relive ideological differences.

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Joi Baba Felunath / The Elephant God (1979) Satyajit Ray, Soumitra Chatterjee, Parinita Banerjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Family, Adventure, Crime

Joi Baba Felunath (1979)
This is the second film about the detective Feluda (Soumitra Chatterjee) set in the holy city of Benares, where he (along with his cousin, Topshe and friend, Lalmohan Ganguly) goes for a holiday. But the theft of a priceless deity of Lord Ganesh (the Elephant God) from a local household forces him to start investigation. Feluda comes in direct confrontation with Maganlal Meghraj (Utpal Dutt), a ruthless trader. Maganlal makes the mild-mannered Lalmohan a knife-thrower’s target and threatens Felu to stop investigation. But there are several other suspects as an innocent artisan is brutally murdered, a shady ‘holy man’ holds court on the banks of the Ganges and an adventure-loving little boy (and his grand-father), brought up on crime thrillers. The climax is a shoot-out on the Ganges, followed by the unraveling of the mystery.

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