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The Coward (1965)

Kapurush (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali | English

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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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: Don't tell me you're putting me in your story!
Amitabha Roy: Would you object?
Bimal Gupta: Certainly not! But, on one condition.
Amitabha Roy: What?
Bimal Gupta: Don't make me the villain. That would upset my wife.
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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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Revival of burnt out passions or de-ja vu?
5 November 2004 | by pablo16See all my reviews

This can be categorized as another Ray short-of-a-full-length venture! The title could not be more apt, as COWARD is written all over the young writer(Soumitra Chatterjee)- especially after we are told of the past sequence. Some years ago, Amitabh had refused to marry lover Karuna in haste. He needed 'time' to think it over, the city was big, he was starting to work, he wasn't even established properly- how could he marry Karuna suddenly?

Many years later, his car breaks down and he is given shelter for the evening in Bimal Gupta's house- a successful tea planter somewhere in Darjeeling. The tea-planter is lonely in that part of the world with no neighbors nearby, hence he talks garrulously about his takes on life. Amitabha is now an established screen-writer who talks less but is astounded to meet Bimal's wife- Karuna.

A breakthrough performance by Madhabi Mukherjee, this is a wonderful movie which will not fail to appeal anyone.


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