Dir. Satyajit Ray (1964); India, 91m
Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Sailen Mukherjee
Bengali with English Subtitles
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Based on the novella Nastanirh, Satyajit Ray’s drama film from 1964 poetically captures the story of a woman’s first steps in establishing her independence. Charulata takes place in 19th century pre-independence India where we follow Charu, a creative, isolated wife of a busy journalist named Bhupati. Upon seeing her unhappiness he invites his cousin Amal, a poet, to cheer her up. The two begin to bond over their shared love of art, but their growing sexual attraction to each other could lead to inevitable heartbreak. Through their desires and goals, Ray’s characters represent India’s struggle to create a homogenous identity under colonialism through art and politics. Charu’s pent-up emotion and longing for independence parallels the yearning of the people of India to be free from British colonialism. The film’s natural lighting and unobtrusive camera conveys the emotional turbulence of its characters, creating a powerful film about political unrest.