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The Case Is Closed (1982)

Kharij (original title)
| Drama | 1982 (India)
The servant boy, a minor, engaged in a middle class family dies mysteriously locked in a kitchen.

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Credited cast:
Anjan Dutt ...
Anjan Sen
Mamata Shankar ...
Mamata Sen
Sreela Majumdar ...
Sreeja
Indranil Moitra ...
Pupai
Dehapratim Das Gupta ...
Hari
Nilotpal Dey ...
Inspector
Charuprakash Ghosh ...
Lawyer
Debatosh Ghosh
Gita Sen ...
Helpful neighbor
Sunil Mukherjee ...
Curious neighborhood onlooker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimal Chatterjee
Ramen Roy Chowdhuri
Binoy Laturi
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The servant boy, a minor, engaged in a middle class family dies mysteriously locked in a kitchen. Police inquiries reveal he was sleeping in the kitchen near a burning coal oven to keep himself warm in winder. Post-mortem report confirms death by carbon-monoxide gas poisoning. The happy household is suddenly thrown into a psychological trauma. Torn between a sense of guilt and fear of a police case and consequently scandal, the young employer and his wife expose their petty, hypocritical selves. Fearing accusation from the father of the deceased, they make futile attempts to please him. That nothing happens to them and the father departs quietly, leaves them completely defeated and crushed. Written by Swarup Basak

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Everybody's Innocent
15 February 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A pre-teen ager servant boy dies of carbon monoxide poisoning on a cold winter night. He was employed by a young working Calcutta couple (Anjan and Mamata) with a small boy of their own. Taking money from a neighbor's friendly daughter, he slipped away to watch a movie on a cold winter night. Finding his usual sleeping corner below the stairs too cold, he bolts himself inside the kitchen, where a fire was burning. The next morning we witness a powerful discovery scene like on the morning after Macbeth's murder. The door is forced open and we see the commotion in the apartment block which is the stage of the drama.

Who is responsible? The landlord who failed to provide ventilation in the kitchen ("it's not a bedroom"), the couple for employing what is legally child labor and failing to provide reasonably comfortable sleeping arrangements? The police takes over and a post mortem is performed. Meanwhile a procession of the boy's relatives arrives and the father is inconsolable but lifts no accusing finger, his head bowed in acceptance of the nature of things. The film ends on a heart rending note of under-stated sadness.

Comparison with the titanic Ray is inevitable. Sen is also gentle but has a more steely and masculine quality. Ray has a child's sense of wonder, but Sen's tragic vision is touched with youthful anger. He has been called Marxist in outlook but the present film does not point an accusing finger at anyone, but does dramatically bring out a class divide almost as of two different species. The deceased boy's father Hari seats himself deferentially on the ground. He has no capacity for anger. He wails like a lost calf, while remaining meek and respectful to the end.


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