To-Watch Bengali

by rijtd | created - 14 Apr 2016 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

The best Bengali language films to watch. These can be from either Bengladesh or India.

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1. The Music Room (1958)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Music

Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar, Gangapada Basu, Bismillah Khan

Votes: 4,706 | Gross: $0.09M

2. Charulata (1964)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Shyamal Ghoshal

Votes: 4,524 | Gross: $0.08M

3. The Clay Bird (2002)

95 min | Drama, History

75 Metascore

A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

Director: Tareque Masud | Stars: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy

Votes: 3,589

4. Baishe Srabon (2011)

120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An ex-cop is hired to track down a serial killer who carries out his killings according to Bengali poetry.

Director: Srijit Mukherji | Stars: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Raima Sen, Abir Chatterjee

Votes: 3,833

5. Bhooter Bhabishyat (2012)

123 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A rib-tickling comedy about a group of spirits who, in their various idiosyncrasies, try and save their only haunt, their resting place, when some unscrupulous builders try and break it down to build a modern monstrosity.

Director: Anik Datta | Stars: Swastika Mukherjee, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Samadarshi Dutta

Votes: 3,095

6. Nayak: The Hero (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

En route to Delhi to receive an award, a Bengali film star reevaluates his success through his fellow passengers, dreams and past experiences.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Uttam Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Bireswar Sen, Somen Bose

Votes: 2,839

7. Days and Nights in the Forest (1970)

115 min | Drama

A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Kaberi Bose, Simi Garewal, Soumitra Chatterjee

Votes: 2,091

8. The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Musical

A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya

Votes: 2,091

9. Monpura (2009)

136 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

A housemaid is killed by a local landlord's son. His servant takes the blame for the murder, to save the landlord's mentally ill son and is marooned in an island named Monpura. There the ... See full summary »

Director: Giasuddin Selim | Stars: Chanchal Chowdhury, Farhana Mili, Shirin Alam, Mohiuddin Bahar

Votes: 4,998

10. The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1969)

132 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Goopy wants to sing, and Bagha wants to play the dhol. They meet accidentally and are helped by King of Ghosts. With newly endowed abilities, they land in kingdom of Shundi, where their ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Tapan Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Ajoy Banerjee, Iva Banerjee

Votes: 1,894

11. Heerak Rajar Deshe (1980)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The musical duo of Goopi and Bagha make a comeback when they are invited to play for a king.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Rabi Ghosh, Tapan Chatterjee

Votes: 1,958

12. Jaatishwar (2014)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life and notable works of Anthony Firingee a 19th century Bengali language folk poet of Portuguese origin.The time frame of the storyline jumps between two different time periods-19th century and the present day.

Director: Srijit Mukherji | Stars: Prasenjit Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta, Swastika Mukherjee, Mamata Shankar

Votes: 2,158

13. Chotushkone (2014)

148 min | Thriller

Four famous directors and old friends are reunited together by an unknown producer to make a film. They make four short story in this film with one theme: Death.

Director: Srijit Mukherji | Stars: Aparna Sen, Chiranjit, Goutam Ghose, Parambrata Chattopadhyay

Votes: 2,486

14. Aguner Poroshmoni (1994)

123 min | Drama, War

In the middle of the 1971;curfew is going on all over the Bangladesh. The liberation army is operated as effective guerrilla force - Badiul Alam is one them. Alam plans for starting ... See full summary »

Director: Humayun Ahmed | Stars: Bipasha Hayat, Asaduzzaman Noor, Abul Hayat, Dolly Johur

Votes: 2,399

15. Jibon Theke Neya (1970)

150 min | Drama, Family, War

A political satire of Bangladesh under the rule of Pakistan metaphorically, where an autocratic woman in one family symbolizes the political dictatorship of Ayub Khan in East Pakistan.

Director: Zahir Raihan | Stars: Abdur Razzak, Suchanda, Shaukat Akbar, Rosy Samad

Votes: 1,679

16. Nisshartho Bhalobasha: What is Love! (2013)

151 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Nishwartha Bhalobasa (English: Selfless Love) is Bangladeshi romantic-action-comedy film directed by Ananta Jalil. starring Ananta and Barsha in the lead roles. The film is produced by ... See full summary »

Director: Ananta Jalil | Stars: Ananta Jalil, Afiea Nusrat Barsha, Misa Sawdagar, Suchorita

Votes: 8,336

17. The Big City (1963)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Anil Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Jaya Bachchan, Haren Chatterjee

Votes: 2,963

18. The Stranger (1991)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Utpal Dutt, Dipankar Dey, Mamata Shankar, Bikram Bhattacharya

Votes: 2,461

19. The Goddess (1960)

93 min | Drama

A young woman is deemed a goddess when her father-in-law, a rich feudal land-lord, has a dream envisioning her as an avatar of Kali.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Chhabi Biswas, Karuna Bannerjee

Votes: 1,732 | Gross: $0.09M

20. Guerrilla (2011)

140 min | Drama, History, War

Bilkis Banu, lost her husband Hasan on the bloody night of 25th March 1971. She tries to forget him and concentrate on the urban guerrilla movements of Dhaka with Altaf Mahmud, Shahadat, ... See full summary »

Director: Nasiruddin Yousuff | Stars: Jaya Ahsan, Ferdous Ahmed, Shampa Reza, Ahmed Rubel

Votes: 2,385

21. Television (2012)

106 min | Drama

As a leader of the local community, Chairman Amin bans every kind of image in his water-locked village in rural Bangladesh. He even goes on to claim that imagination is also sinful since it... See full summary »

Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki | Stars: Shahir Huda Rumi, Chanchal Chowdhury, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Mosharraf Karim

Votes: 4,239

22. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 20,375 | Gross: $0.54M

23. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 10,180 | Gross: $0.17M

24. The World of Apu (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 10,441 | Gross: $0.02M

25. The River (1951)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 5,267



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