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The Case Is Closed (1982)

Kharij (original title)
| Drama | 1982 (India)
The servant boy, a minor, engaged in a middle class family dies mysteriously locked in a kitchen.


Mrinal Sen


Ramapada Chowdhury (novel), Mrinal Sen
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Anjan Dutt ... Anjan Sen
Mamata Shankar ... Mamata Sen
Sreela Majumdar Sreela Majumdar ... Sreeja
Indranil Moitra Indranil Moitra ... Pupai
Dehapratim Das Gupta Dehapratim Das Gupta ... Hari
Nilotpal Dey Nilotpal Dey ... Inspector
Charuprakash Ghosh Charuprakash Ghosh ... Lawyer
Debatosh Ghosh Debatosh Ghosh
Gita Sen ... Helpful neighbor
Sunil Mukherjee Sunil Mukherjee ... Curious neighborhood onlooker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bimal Chatterjee Bimal Chatterjee
Ramen Roy Chowdhuri Ramen Roy Chowdhuri
Binoy Laturi Binoy Laturi


The servant boy, a minor, engaged in a middle class family dies mysteriously locked in a kitchen. Police inquiries reveal he was sleeping in the kitchen near a burning coal oven to keep himself warm in winder. Post-mortem report confirms death by carbon-monoxide gas poisoning. The happy household is suddenly thrown into a psychological trauma. Torn between a sense of guilt and fear of a police case and consequently scandal, the young employer and his wife expose their petty, hypocritical selves. Fearing accusation from the father of the deceased, they make futile attempts to please him. That nothing happens to them and the father departs quietly, leaves them completely defeated and crushed. Written by Swarup Basak

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"One of the smartest and slickest films of Sen"
16 September 2020 | by smkbswsSee all my reviews

I think this is the first film of Sen I watched. This can be put together with his previous 2 films because of the logic why J J Abrams tell something as 'blood relative' :P. But this film is very much smaller than the other two on the basis of its diegetic. But that does not make any less impact. The movie uses very less amount of background music, which strikes harder to us because we have to fill up the silence with our feelings. And our feelings to any of the characters, specially after what happened in the first act of the film, cannot be empathetic any more. And along side with that, it still shows us the helplessness of the middle-lower class families and their allies all right. One of the smartest and slickest films of Sen.

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1982 (India) See more »

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Calcutta, West Bengal, India

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Neel Kanth Films See more »
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