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Charulata (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 17 April 1964 (India)
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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Amal
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Charulata
Shailen Mukherjee ...
Bhupati Dutta (as Sailen Mukherjee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarapada Basu
Gopaldas Bhattacharya
Dilip Bose ...
Shashanka
Ramesh Chandra Chandra
Sunilkanta Dasgupta
Nilotpal Dey ...
Joydeb
Bankim Ghosh ...
Jagannath
Shyamal Ghoshal ...
Umapada
Ajit Gupta
Bholanath Koyal ...
Braja
Kamu Mukherjee
Suku Mukherjee ...
Nishikanta
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Storyline

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 <erik@astro.asutexas.edu>

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$77,820 (USA)
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Raja Ram Nohan Roy (also known as Rammohan Roy) (1772 - 1833) was the founder of the Brahmo Sabha movement in 1828. This led to the Brahmo Samaj, an influential Bengali socio-religious reform movement. For his many and varied activities and his contributions to Indian (Bengali) society, Raja Ram Mohan Roy is regarded as one of the most significant figures in the Bengali renaissance of the early 19th century. See more »

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when Bhupati shows Amal his weekly newspaper 'The Sentinel', it can be seen that it is published every Saturday and the date shown is 7 April 1879 but actually 7 April 1879 was Monday. See more »

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God Save The Queen
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Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played on the Piano by Amol (Kumar Basu)
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Not given publicity it richly deserves
17 October 2000 | by (New Orleans) – See all my reviews

The best Satyajit Ray movie. Ray, at his peak, gave us his most convincing insight into love and loyalty, two of his universal themes. Unfortunately, the brilliant Apu trilogy has more of an visceral draw to Western audiences and Charulata is overlooked. The Apu trilogy invokes the idea of the Western view of India right or wrong while Charulata almost represents an anomaly of upperclass Indians in the late Victorian era.

Charulata actually is a better film than any of those in the Apu trilogy (as hard as that is to believe) not to mention the most visually striking. However, the one thing Apu trilogy has over Charulata is its freshness. But this almost the same situation as Martin Scorsese and Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. This is not to say that he didn't make any good movies after that. Goodfellas is perhaps his best.

In the end, Ray had style as well as substance in many of his films and Charulata represents that pinnacle while the Apu trilogy establishes what was to come.


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