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