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The Coward (1965)

Kapurush (original title)
A chance meeting rekindles old memories between a screenwriter and his ex-girlfriend, who is by now married to a well-to-do man.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Premendra Mitra (story "Janaiko Kapurusher Kahini"), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Amitabha Roy (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Madhabi Mukherjee ... Karuna Gupta (as Madhabi Mukhopadhyay)
Haradhan Bannerjee ... Bimal Gupta (as Haradhan Bandyopadhyay)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Santi Chatterjee Santi Chatterjee ... (as Shanti Chattopadhyay)
Satish Haldar Satish Haldar
Deochand Lal Deochand Lal
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Storyline

Calcutta based screenwriter Amitabha Roy is traveling to Hashimara in north Bengal partly to visit his brother-in-law and partly to do research for what will be his third film. En route from Siliguri to Hashimara via taxi, Ami becomes stranded when the taxi breaks down in a small, remote town, the local mechanic who does not have the necessary part to fix it, meaning that the taxi will not be repaired for a couple of days seeing that it is the weekend. Although he does need to get to Hashimara soon, the plan to take the next train the following day the rest of the way, Ami is more concerned about where he will stay overnight. Although there is a small local hotel, he is offered a place to stay by and at the home of simpleminded Bimal Gupta, a local tea plantation owner who would like the company for the night seeing as to the isolation of the plantation and thus not seeing many people beyond his staff with who he does and cannot socialize. It isn't until Ami arrives with Bimal at his ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

This film is featured as a bonus on "The Big City", released by the Criterion Collection, spine #668. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the boom mic is clearly visible on the wall at the start of the first flash-back scene. See more »

Quotes

Bimal Gupta: There's a rigid caste system operating in these parts. A manager can only mix socially with another manager. If you were as assistant manager, I wouldn't be sitting here having breakfast with you. Atkinson, T.P. Chatterjee, Mehra, Terry Waters - they're all my equals.
Amitabha Roy: And - you accept this system as it is?
Bimal Gupta: The British maintained this system for 150 years. Am I to carry out a one-man revolution?
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Soundtracks

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
Composed by Jack Judge
Performed (whistled) by Haradhan Bannerjee
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The most fascinating quality about Kapurush is its brevity...
7 May 2009 | by soujatyadgSee all my reviews

The most fascinating quality about Kapurush is its brevity – the brevity of the film runtime (74 mins), its terseness in dialogues and the concision in expressions delivered by the protagonists of this film. It is a remarkable craft.

It's hard to imagine for any film maker of international repute to deal with a subject like Kapurush and tackle in-depth human emotions and consciousness, so succinctly and precisely, in just about 74 minutes. Some filmmakers would take alteast the normal 120-140 minutes length to be able to deal with a subject like Kapurush in order to give a wholesome cinematic form. Satyajit Ray took just 74 times to tell a story revolving around 3 main characters, depicting their psyche and intense mental turmoil – all unspoken but using subtle eye movements and small body gestures. The film is the finest example of optimal usage of speech, gesture, expression and length. The film highlights Ray's prowess in the economy of speech and cinematic resources. Kapurush inevitably epitomizes Ray's mastery and control over every aspects of film-making.

The ending of the film is undoubtedly the most exciting part - as with many of Ray's films, it leaves the audience to draw several conclusions, and as a result makes you think. And that's what makes Ray's films so unique – they are all subtle, calm and composed films – but after you have seen them, they bore a deep imprint on your mind and makes you think. Kapurush is one of them.

Unfortunately, Kapurush is a highly underrated film, perhaps because Ray is impeccable and had consistently produced masterpieces. As a result of this, a film like Kapurush got overshadowed. For any other world-class film-maker of today, it would have been a jewel in his or her oeuvre. Well, as I always say – Satyajit Ray is the God of Cinemas....period.


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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

7 May 1965 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coward See more »

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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