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E-Flat (1961)

Komal Gandhar (original title)
A highly critical look at the role of "progressive" art and artists in a changing society.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Supriya Choudhury ...
Ansuya
Abanish Banerjee ...
Bhrigu (as Abanish Bandyopadhyay)
Anil Chatterjee ...
Rishi (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Satindra Bhattacharya ...
Shibnath
Chitra Mandal ...
Jaya
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Shanta
Gyanesh Mukherjee ...
Debu Bose (as Gyanesh Mukhopadhyay)
Bijon Bhattacharya ...
Gagan
Mantu Ghosh
Dwiju Bhawal
Satyabrata Chattopadhyay ...
Prabhat
Nirmal Ghosh
Arun Mukherjee ...
(as Arun Mukhopadhyay)
Tilottama Bandyopadhyay
Arun Chowdhury
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Set in the contentious 1950s, the film's plot is structured around the rivalry of two radical theatre groups. One is lead by Bhrigu, the other by Shanta. Shanta's niece Anusuya participates in Bhrigu's work to the disapproval of her own group. When the two groups join together for a production, Shanta deliberately sabotages it. Bhrigu and Anusuya both discover they are both refugees separated from their country (Bangladesh) and they fall in love. Eventually Anusuya, scheduled to marry Samar and move to France, decides to stay with Bhrigu. Written by Swarup Basak

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A subtle story with too much song and dance.
14 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A hard to follow but subtle story of two independent theater troupes and the developing attraction of one woman for the director of the other troupe. The restrained (sometimes stiff) acting is a bit overshadowed by the extraneous song and dance numbers so prevalent in Indian film.

At another level, given the then recent history of turmoil in South Asia after independence, this film can be read as commentary on the messiness of democracy and the demands of making art. Here mixing democracy and art fails because of individual whims and resentment.


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