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Utsab (2000)

Two middle-aged daughters of Bhagabati come together with their families in their old house to celebrate Durga Puja.

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Bhagabati
Pradip Mukherjee ...
Asit
Bodhisattva Mazumdar ...
Nishit
Alakananda Ray ...
Bonani, Nishit's wife (as Alaknanda Roy)
Anuradha Roy ...
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Parul
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Keya
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Ratul Shankar Ghosh ...
Joy, Parul's son
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Shompa, Nishit's daughter
Vinit Ranjan Maitra ...
Bumba, Asit's son
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A family drama which is portrayed on a background of Durgapuja, West Bengal's biggest "Utshob" (Festival). The story is about a cultured Bengali family, different members of which have gathered in native house on the occasion of Durgapuja. This movie remained instrumental in showing different common and complex problems being faced by a middle-class family. Written by Swarup Basak

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Equivalent to an American Soap Opera
18 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Shot in Bengali with English subtitles, the subtitles are many times hard to read (white on white).

The first act is hard to follow because you flip back and forth between too many characters. With so many characters it is hard to care about them all. I was overwhelmed with characters. I noticed that several audience members walked out at this time. I think it would have helped establish the characters if the video shot during the first act (by one of the characters in the movie) would have been shown in the first act instead of at the end of the story. Then the audience could have come up to speed on who the characters are.

Overall the story and the acting are more on par with an American soap opera.

The film did, however, provide cultural insights: we see servants always working in the background in what appears to be an upper middle class home, the telephone service is not working for the holidays so communication is put on hold, the word "puja" I later learned means worship, "Brother's Day" is held in appreciation of your sibling, you touch another person's feet and then move your hand to your head and downwards like a slinky to bathe in their goodness (good karma), a vermilion powder is used to create the eye for the soul although in the movie a plastic one is applied in the morning by one of the characters, writing 'Durga' 73 times is part of the religious festival featured in the movie.

The music is sparse except at plot points that convey sadness.

There is a sprinkling of, but not enough, humor.

The plot follows the "all's well that ends well" ending so loose ends are very neatly tied up--ahh, how convenient!

I was told that the movie was shot in 15 days, which may explain many things.


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