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Release Date:
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
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)
Sound Department
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Juliette Welfling .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Arnaud Borrel .... still photographer
Other crew
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicist
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La nuit Bengali" - France (original title)
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153 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
You must read the book, 13 February 2010
Author: susanaferenc from Romania

I accidentally stumbled upon this film. I didn't know there was a movie based on one of my favourite books. I read the book twice, and i could still read it a hundred times.

The film is very succinct, presents the main events, but shows very little of the feelings and inner thoughts of the characters, and of the Indian culture and philosophy. The book is much more introspective, deep and painful to read. The book is based on a true story. Mircea Eliade (Allan in the book/movie), a very famous Romanian philosopher (who also wrote the first History of Religions) travels to India in order to discover its culture. There he meets the love of his life, Maytreyi (Gaytri) but the cultural gap between western and eastern civilization gets in their way. The romance ends very badly, leading the two to extreme sufferance.

After many years, Maytreyi and Eliade both become very important writers, and they accidentally meet at a conference. After this event, Maytreyi writes a book with her side of the story.

I liked the casting very much of this movie, but the director could have done much more justice to such a painful romance.

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