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Kanchenjungha (1962)

An upper-class Bengali family is on vacation in Darjeeling, a popular hill station and resort near Kanchenjungha.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chhabi Biswas ...
Indranath Choudhuri
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Labanya Roy Chaudhuri (as Karuna Bandyopadhyay)
Pahadi Sanyal ...
Jagadish
Anil Chatterjee ...
Anil (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Anubha Gupta ...
Anima
N. Viswanathan ...
Bannerjee
Haridhan Mukherjee ...
(as Haridhan Mukhopadhyay)
Alakananda Ray ...
Monisha (as Alaknanda Roy)
Arun Mukherjee ...
Ashoke (as Arun Mukhopadhyay)
Subrata Sensharma ...
Shankar (as Subrata Sen)
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(as Vidya Singh)
Nilima Roy Chowdhuri
Indrani Singh ...
Tuklu (as Indrani Singha)
David Royals
Guinye
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An upper-class Bengali family is on vacation in Darjeeling, a popular hill station and resort near Kanchenjungha.

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11 May 1962 (India)  »

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A Masterpiece least understood
11 June 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Ray's first Color film, a cinematic masterpiece, filmic experiment at its height and incidentally my most favorite. For some reasons, this movie is least understood among the Bengali speaking people and abroad as well and hence remains least appreciated.

The single most noteworthy feature about this movie is the equivalence of real time (total time of the day being depicted in movie) and movie time (total screening time). At least among the Indian movie makers, Ray is the first one who had done such experiment and of course, he succeeded comprehensively.

In order to understand the screenplay of 'Kanchanjangha', I would recommend every non-Bengali speaking people, for the first time at least, to look for a good and authentic translation of the script and then only they should sit for watching this movie. You have to keep one thing in mind; Ray's screenplay is extremely dependent on the usage of dialogue and silence and they are, in this case, written in Bengali Language and set into Bengali context. Unlike Kieslowski, Kurosawa and Bergman, Ray's imagery lacks the dramatic element. So, in order to understand 'the drama' it's recommended to understand his language to the extent possible.


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