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La nuit Bengali
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The Bengali Night -- Hugh Grant stars as a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising and tragic consequences. Based on a true story, the film beautifully captures the magic and mystery of India. The accomplished cast includes John Hurt and Shabana Azmi, one of India's greatest film stars.


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26 October 1988 (France) See more »
Hugh Grant stars as a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Hugh Grant ... Allan

Shabana Azmi ... Indira Sen
Supriya Pathak ... Gayatri

John Hurt ... Lucien Metz

Soumitra Chatterjee ... Narendra Sen

Anne Brochet ... Guertie
Pierre-Loup Rajot ... Harold
Elisabeth Perceval ... Norinne

Anjan Dutt ... Khokha
Poornima Pathwardhan ... Lilou
Steve Potts ... Steve

Utpal Dutt ... The Priest
Srirupa Chatterjee ... Supriya
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paban Das ... Singer (uncredited)
Biplab Dasgupta ... Globe Theater Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicolas Klotz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Claude Carrière  writer
Mircea Eliade  novel
Nicolas Klotz  dialogue
Nicolas Klotz  screenplay

Produced by
Philippe Diaz .... producer
Original Music by
Brij Narayan 
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Machuel 
Film Editing by
Jean-François Naudon 
Production Design by
Didier Naert 
Alexandre Trauner 
Costume Design by
Catherine Gorne-Achdjian 
Makeup Department
Dwijen Chakraborty .... makeup artist: India
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Geneviève Peyralade .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Louis Monthieux .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roland Dhardivillé .... assistant director
Subrata Lahiri .... assistant director: India
Art Department
Ashoke Bose .... chief decorator: India
Bertrand Clercq-Roques .... assistant art director (as Bertrand Clerq-Roques)
Sumit Ghose .... art direction consultant
Sound Department
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Juliette Welfling .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Arnaud Borrel .... still photographer
Other crew
Sumit Ghose .... publicity assistant
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicist
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors

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Also Known As:
"La nuit Bengali" - France (original title)
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153 min
Color (Fujicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Americans beware, much more of a European sensibility, 10 September 2006
Author: ezery from Minnesota, United States

The beautiful part is that it is based on a true story that shows both the light and shadow in the interplay of Western and non-Western cultures. The less than wonderful part for an American audience (my wife and myself) was the pacing, the cinematography, the rambling philosophical bon mots that didn't seem to go anywhere or have a perspective one could really get a hold of. Not at all a Hollywood product -- a European effort and perhaps better enjoyed by those who enjoy European directors. We didn't watch the whole thing -- too slow, too painful. We found that the DVD's special feature interview with the producer was the best part. It also is about a Westerner's encounters with the Indian culture, but is more accessible.

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