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Choker Bali: A Passion Play (2003)

Chokher Bali (original title)
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Binodini is a young widow who lives with a woman and her son, Mahendra, who had once refused to marry her. Their lives are thrown into disarray when there is deceit and adultery between Binodini, Mahendra, his wife and his friend.

Director:

Rituparno Ghosh

Writers:

Rituparno Ghosh (screenplay) (as Rituporno Ghosh), Rabindranath Tagore (novel)
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Credited cast:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Binodini (as Aishwarya Rai)
Prasenjit Chatterjee ... Mahendra
Raima Sen ... Ashalata
Lily Chakravarty ... Rajlakshmi, Mahendra's mother (as Lilly Chakraborty)
Tota Roy Chowdhury ... Behari
Sonali Chakrabarti Sonali Chakrabarti
Sudeshna Roy Sudeshna Roy
Mousumi Saha Mousumi Saha
Suchita Ray Chaudhury Suchita Ray Chaudhury
Zarin Chowdhury Zarin Chowdhury
Abhishek Bose Abhishek Bose
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bharati Devi ... Dying woman at varanasi
Charlotte Hayward Charlotte Hayward ... Vomiting missionary
Shadman Mahtab Mihad Shadman Mahtab Mihad ... Angel
Josh Ilah Islam Nitol Josh Ilah Islam Nitol ... Princess
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The book, Binodini, is the story of a young woman, who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after they are married. She returns to her village and lives there for a couple of months until she sees one of her relations passing by there on her way to somewhere else. Binodini hails the woman and the two soon agree that it would be best if Binodini came to live with the woman and her son, Mahendra (who, by the way, was one of the first to see Binodini's photo when she was unwed and up for grabs yet refused her on account of his being "unready for marriage"). Now, when the two arrive the woman's son and his new bride are in the throes of passion, constantly sneaking off to be alone together; this infatuation does not last long, however, when Mahendra begins to see that his wife's friend, Binodini, is more his type. The story details the lives of these three and Mahendra's best friend as they deal with certain issues as distrust, adultery, lies, and numerous ... Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Though she is one of the highest paid actresses, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did this film for free. See more »

Goofs

Binodini comes to Kolkata before the Ambubachi festival, which falls in the month of June. But while talking to Behari in the picnic scene she says that she has been here since Shravana (mid July to mid August). See more »

Connections

Version of Chokher Bali (1938) See more »

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a critic's delight
16 July 2004 | by hattimaSee all my reviews

It seems a lot of Europeans and Americans see Indian movies for the wrong reason; I see some people are complaining that this movie did not have any dance sequence! A class apart from their Hindi counterparts, Bengali movies tend to be more realistic. Rituparno Ghosh is one of the best young directors in India, being widely known for his choice of subjects for the movies and the strength of his scripts. 'Chokher bali' is a perfect example. A faithful adaptation of the Nobel laureate Tagore's novel dealing with the pursuit of sexual pleasure of a Bengali widow, the director gives a new dimension to the much acclaimed and controversial work.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

2 October 2003 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Choker Bali: A Passion Play See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,732
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SVF Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

| | (Bollywood Festival Stuttgart) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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