Charulata (1964) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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>
  • Set in British India in the 19th century, the film revolves around Charulata, the beautiful wife of a learned Calcutta intellectual. She sits at home alone while her wealthy husband Bhupati runs his English language newspaper. Upon recognizing her profound loneliness, Bhupati invites his brother-in-law Umapada and wife Mandakini as house guests. Amal, his handsome younger cousin also comes for a visit following his graduation from college. Charu and Amal spend hours reminiscing over literature, poetry and the arts while Bhupati works on his paper. For a short time everyone is content. Then, a tragedy occurs. Umapada absconds with Bhupati's savings, leaving the entrepreneur in terrible debt. But the betrayed man soon realizes that something much more precious than his money is lost.

    - Written by alfiehitchie and Arun K Barua
  • The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

    - Written by Anonymous


Charulata is an adaption to film of Tagore's novella "Nastanirh" (The Broken Nest). Calcutta, Bengal 1879. Starved for company...

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