01 October, 2020


A world of choppy emotions. Of trust, betrayals and guilts in which no one is wrong. Handled with grace and subtlety.


Starring: Madhabi Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sailen Mukherjee
Direction, music, screenplay: Satyajit Ray
Rating: ****

In the long sequence at the very start Satyajit Ray sets up Charulata’s situation eloquently, without taking recourse to many words. Charu embroidering her husband Bhupati’s initial ‘B’ on a kerchief, arranging for tea to be sent to his office, picking up Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Kapalkundala for a read. There’s a mechanised, weary touch to her domesticity. The sprawling home and its long, winding corridors is where she rules, in seclusion and in loneliness. It’s a routine she is caught in and yet seeks to shake off as she casts her gaze at the on-the-go world outside. That fat man she trails from up above, from one window to another, till he disappears from her vision....



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