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Charulata (1964)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 17 April 1964 (India)
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

Writers:

Rabindranath Tagore (from the story "Nastaneer"), Satyajit Ray (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Indian Movies #18 | 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Amal
Madhabi Mukherjee ... Charulata
Shailen Mukherjee Shailen Mukherjee ... Bhupati Dutta (as Sailen Mukherjee)
Shyamal Ghoshal Shyamal Ghoshal ... Umapada
Gitali Roy Gitali Roy ... Mandakini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tarapada Basu Tarapada Basu
Gopaldas Bhattacharya Gopaldas Bhattacharya
Dilip Bose Dilip Bose ... Shashanka
Ramesh Chandra Chandra Ramesh Chandra Chandra
Sunilkanta Dasgupta Sunilkanta Dasgupta
Nilotpal Dey Nilotpal Dey ... Joydeb
Bankim Ghosh Bankim Ghosh ... Jagannath
Ajit Gupta Ajit Gupta
Bholanath Koyal Bholanath Koyal ... Braja
Kamu Mukherjee Kamu Mukherjee
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Storyline

Charu lives a lonely and idle life in 1870s India. Although her husband Bhupati devotes more time to his newspaper than to their marriage, he sees her loneliness and asks his brother-in-law,Umapada to keep her company. At the same time Bhupati's own cousin, Amal, a would-be writer comes home finishing his college education. However, after several months, Charu and Amal's feelings for each other move beyond literary friendship. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.asutexas.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Edward Robert Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton GCB GCSI GCIE PC (8 November 1831 - 24 November 1891) was an English statesman and poet. He served as Viceroy of India between 1876 and 1880, during which time Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India. See more »

Goofs

When Bhupati shows Amal his weekly newspaper 'The Sentinel', he reads the details as " 24th issue of the sentinel dated April the 9th, 1879' but when Amal sees it, the date is printed on the newspaper as 7 April, 1879. See more »

Quotes

Amal: All done with studies, exams, professors, cutting classes.
Charulata: What's left? Foolishness and mischief?
Amal: Poetry. Rhythm. You know, I was thinking.
Charulata: What?
Amal: All of life is like a rhythm. Birth - death. Day - night. Happiness - sorrow. Meeting - parting. Like the waves on the ocean, now rising - now falling. One compliments the other.
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Connections

Featured in Strange Birds (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save The Queen
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played on the Piano by Amol (Kumar Basu)
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Absolute perfection
20 June 1999 | by HimadriSee all my reviews

As cinema appears to become ever more loud and brash, a work as delicate, subtle and understated as this may easily pass unnoticed, or mistaken as insipid. That is a great shame, since this is obviously a great masterpiece. Set in India in the last century, Charulata is trapped in a dull, stifling marriage. What starts off as innocent flirting with her brother-in-law soon sets off emotions that none of them, decent though they all are, can really control. There is no adultery as such - the betrayal is all in the mind - but the trust implicit in marriage is broken, and the future can only be faced with uncertainty.

This is a film of great grace and elegance, and also of considerable wit. But underneath the surface charm is a great seriousness. As always, Ray depicts the development of the characters with great insight and sensitivity, and coaxes fine performances from his cast. Western critics, in discussing this film, often draw parallels with the works of Chekhov or of Henry James, but Ray's inspiration was actually the great Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore, on whose short novel this film was based. As a piece of film-making, it is absolute perfection - a real gem.


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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

17 April 1964 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Charulata: The Lonely Wife See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$77,820
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Company Credits

Production Co:

R.D.Banshal & Co. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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