Charulata • 1h 59m
Directed by Satyajit Ray • 1964 • India
Starring Madhabi Mukherjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Shailen Mukherjee
Satyajit Ray’s exquisite story of a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning takes place in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India, in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely wife, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). When her husband’s poet cousin (Soumitra Chatterjee) comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both creatively inspired and dangerously drawn to him. Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, CHARULATA is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.
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Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatte...
This interview program features actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee, who play Charulata and Amal in CHARULATA. The interviews were conducted in Kolkata in 2013.
In this interview program, produced in 2013, Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali cultural historian Supriya Chaudhuri discuss director Satyajit Ray’s controversial adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella “The Broken Nest.”
Satyajit Ray on Progress
In the following audio interview, recorded in Berlin on July 2, 1966, director Satyajit Ray and film journalist Gideon Bachmann discuss the recurring theme of progress in Ray’s films.