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Subarnarekha (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 October 1965 (India)
A man (Abhi Bhattacharya) opposes the love between his sister and the orphan (Satindra Bhattacharya) they adopted years earlier.

Director:

Ritwik Ghatak

Writers:

Umanath Bhattacharya (assistant screenplay writer) (as Shri Umanath Bhattacharya), Ritwik Ghatak (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abhi Bhattacharya ... Ishwar Chakraborty (as Shri Abhi Bhattacharya)
Bijon Bhattacharya Bijon Bhattacharya ... Haraprasad (as Shri Bijon Bhattacharya)
Indrani Chakrabarty Indrani Chakrabarty ... Little Sita (as Shrimati Indrani Chakraborty)
Gita Dey ... Koushalya (as Shri Gita Dey)
Tarun Tarun ... Abhiram as boy (as Shriman Tarun)
Sikander Azam Sikander Azam ... (as Shri Sekendar Azam)
Abanish Banerjee Abanish Banerjee ... Hari Babu (as Shri Abanish Bandyopadhyay)
Bhanu Ghosh Bhanu Ghosh ... (as Shri Bhanu Ghosh)
Shyamal Ghoshal Shyamal Ghoshal ... Benimadhab (as Shri Shyamal Ghoshal)
Arun Chowdhury Arun Chowdhury ... Gurudev (as Shri Arun Chowdhury)
Pitambar Pitambar ... Rambilas (as Shri Peetambar)
Kalpana Jana Kalpana Jana ... (as Shri Kalpana Jana)
Gopal Sanyal Gopal Sanyal ... (as Shri Gopal Sanyal)
Ranen Ray Choudhury Ranen Ray Choudhury ... Baul singer (as Shri Ranen Roychowdhury)
Jahar Roy Jahar Roy ... Mukherjee (as Shri Jahar Roy)
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A man (Abhi Bhattacharya) opposes the love between his sister and the orphan (Satindra Bhattacharya) they adopted years earlier.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

1 October 1965 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fluss Subarnarekha See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

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Production Co:

J.J. Films See more »
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| (BFI print)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Haraprasad: Desirious of Merit , Vajasravasa gave away everything, He had a son named Nachiketa
Ishwar Chakraborty: Cheers !
Haraprasad: The God of death said to Nachiketa , don't seek knowledge of the self , Ask for some other boon Ask for these celesital damsels , desired by the Gods Music , Dance , they are all yours Nachiketa was a fool to have denied all these
Ishwar Chakraborty: Nachiketa ?
Haraprasad: Me
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A masterpiece of world cinema
22 February 2002 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

I've seen this film recently at the Ritwik Ghatak retrospective in the Vienna Filmmuseum in February 2002. I only can say: a masterpiece. A real discovery.

After having seen this extraordinary film, I can't understand why Ghatak's genius was hardly appreciated in his lifetime, why it had to take so long to rediscover him as one of the most amazing film directors of the 20th century.

The beautiful and heart-wrenching story tells about a family of Hindu refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) who struggle to find a new home in West Bengal. Ishwar Chakravorty gets a job near the river Subarnarekha and goes there with his little sister Shita and Abhiram, a low-caste young boy from the refugee camp he has adopted after the boy's mother had been abducted. They hope to find happiness in this new environment, but when Abhiram comes home after his school years and wants to marry Shita (who is also in love with him), tragic conflicts emerge that shatter the lives of all main characters.

The impressive direction with unorthodox usage of sound and music and expressionistic camera angles, the beautiful photography (notably in Ishwar's "breakdown scene"), and the great performances especially by the amazing Abhi Bhattacharya and Madhabi Mukherjee (though there is also some rather bad acting by some supporting actors, but this is only a minor drawback to the film) all add to the great impression of this wonderful picture. An absolute must-see!


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