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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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A beautiful and very powerful film. See more (5 total) »


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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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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful and very powerful film., 16 September 2002
Author: Phil Ed ( from Los Angeles

"The Bengali Night" is a very subtle and beautiful film, where Indian culture has the leading role even if Hugh Grant and John Hurt are both excellent. As the film begins, we are introduced to the world of those expatriates living in India, although there are some, like Hugh Grant's character, Allan, who refuse to absorb this very strong and powerful culture. Allan is an engineer who builds bridges and paves roads with his young European mentality. Yet, there are others like Hurt's character, who instead, embrace the culture to the point that they fall into it; become obsessed by it. So, when Allan becomes ill and is invited to stay at the home of his employer, he dives head first, leaving behind his European past, including friends and a girlfriend. It's not too difficult for him to then fall in love with the boss' daughter, Gayatri, who is beautiful, charming, and the perfect "guide" for Allan. However, passion in India between a white man and an Indian woman is not something that is tolerated, and our two lovers are not prepared for the consequences. The film is held together by a wonderful cast, which includes the great Shabana Azmi, one of Indian cinema's greatest stars, along with other actors of Satyajit Ray's team. It was Hugh Grant's first starring role, and his youth and naivety makes his character ever more endearing. Based on a true story between the philosopher Mircea Eliade and Maytrei Davi, who became one of the most important poets of Bengal, the film wraps us up in the flavor and magic of India, and refuses to let go. A beautiful and very powerful film. Phil Ed.

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