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Director: Satyajit Ray.
Starring: Madhabi Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sailen Mukherjee.


Set in late 19th-century Bengal, this adaptation of a novella by Rabindranath Tagore boasts an unforgettable heroine: Charulata - beautiful,intellectual and brimming with vitality. Neglected by her politics-obsessed husband, she feels lonely and trapped in their vast, ornate mansion, but things change when her husband’s charming younger cousin, an aspiring poet, comes to stay. He encourages her literary talent and she soon discovers a soulmate and maybe something more. With ravishing cinematography by Subrata Mitra and a wistful score by Satyajit Ray himself, this was the great director’s favourite of all his films.

 

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