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36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  29 August 1981 (India)
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After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely life in her single room flat located at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, with only a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Kendal ...
Miss Violet Stoneham
Dhritiman Chatterjee ...
Samaresh Moitra
Debashree Roy ...
Nandita Roy
Geoffrey Kendal ...
Eddie Stoneham
Soni Razdan ...
Rosemary Stoneham
Sanjana Kapoor ...
Young Violet (as Sanjna Kapoor)
Karan Kapoor ...
Davie
Ruma Guha Thakurta ...
Nandita's Mother
Munmun Kapoor ...
Bijoya
Dina Ardeshir ...
Mrs.Wendy McGowen
Fae Soares ...
Mrs.Berger
Renu Roy ...
Miss Mazumdar
Sylvia Philips ...
Mrs.Roy Chowdhury
Kamalini Sen Sharma ...
1st School Girl
Mahrukh Doctor ...
2nd School Girl
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After the marriage of her niece, Rosemary, Anglo-Indian school-teacher Violet Stoneham lives a lonely life in her single room flat located at 36 Chowringhee Lane in Calcutta, with only a tom cat for company. She is thrilled when a former student, Nandita Roy, looks her up and also brings her boyfriend, Samaresh Moitra, to her flat. Samaresh is an author and likes the solitude of Violet's flat, and would like to write his new novel there, to which Violet readily agrees to. He likes her antique record-player and she gives it to him as a gift. She hopes she has become part of a family again. It is Christmas time and Violet would like to bake a cake and visit Nandita and Samaresh to surprise them. But is a surprise that awaits her when she reaches her destination. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Overwhelming emotions
29 October 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

After Mr & Mrs Iyer, this was my second movie by Aparna Sen. And as the other reviewer noted, I see her work as being influenced by Satyajit Ray - depth of human emotions captured by powerful camera work and extremely sensitive direction.

Film also reminded me of SWAYAM, directed by Mahesh Bhatt, acted by Waheeda Rahman. A similar old mother and deserted by her children. In the end, in both the films, the mother emerges lonely. While Swayam shows Waheeda as a more independent and powerful character, Jennifer Kendal in 36 Chowringhee Lane is portrayed as more sensitive, delicate and brimming with human emotions. Even Satyajit Ray's Aparajito emerges to be much more independent and powerful compared to Jennifer here.

All the comparisons apart, Aparna Sen gets the full marks for one of the most sensitive and sentimental films of India. Climax will make you cry for Jennifer and will remind you of your own parents.


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