Charulata (1964)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  17 April 1964 (India)
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The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.



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Complete credited cast:
Madhabi Mukherjee ...
Shailen Mukherjee ...
Bhupati Dutta (as Sailen Mukherjee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarapada Basu
Gopaldas Bhattacharya
Dilip Bose ...
Ramesh Chandra Chandra
Sunilkanta Dasgupta
Nilotpal Dey ...
Bankim Ghosh ...
Shyamal Ghoshal ...
Ajit Gupta
Bholanath Koyal ...
Kamu Mukherjee
Suku Mukherjee ...


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. Written by Erik Gregersen <>

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17 April 1964 (India)  »

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Charulata  »

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$77,820 (USA)

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The most perfect Ray movie
8 March 2005 | by (Pasadena, CA) – See all my reviews

Charulata is Satyajit Ray's masterpiece. No other movie is so brilliantly subtle, so timeless in quality. Indeed, Ray himself described Charulata as the only flawless movie he had directed.

Like the Apu trilogy, and many other Ray movies, Charulata deals with universal themes. Unlike the Apu trilogy, Charulata is set in an urbane, intellectual setting. This might be a turn off for some foreign viewers. When it was released in India in 1964, it was deemed controversial because of its depiction of an extramarital relationship. Yet no movie Ray made, not even the celebrated Apu trilogy, treats the themes of love, growth and loyalty with as much insight and sensitivity as Charulata.

Every scene in this movie is a gem, there are nuances in every movement, poetry in each look. Richly deserving multiple viewing, Charulata is the most perfect Ray movie.

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