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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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Release Date:
26 October 1988 (France) See more »
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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)
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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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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Beautiful and Exotic Romance, 11 July 2003
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Allan (Hugh Grant in the beginning of his career) is an English engineer of about twenty-six years old expatriated in India who builds bridges and roads. One day, he got ill and his boss invites him to stay in his huge home with his family (his wife and his two daughters). There, Allan will fall in love with the older daughter Gayatri (Supriya Patrak). However, the abyss between European and Indian cultures and the lack of comprehension and misunderstanding of the Indian culture by Allan will lead the lovers and the Indian family to a tragic end. The story does not situate the viewer in an exact period of the Twentieth Century (maybe in the 50's), but the romance is wonderful and exotic and supported by a great cast. The character of John Hurt has a small participation in the plot, but with a great and intense acting. The actresses who played the mother Indira Sen (Shabana Azmi) and Gayatri (Supriya Patrak) are of an incredible beauty. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "As Noites de Bengali" ("The Nights of Bengalli")

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