‘Datta’ is directed by Ajay Kar based on a story by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The film title would literarily translate as ‘betrothed.’

The story is a simple romantic one involving the heiress of a Zamindar family (Suchitra Sen) and a good village doctor Naren (Soumitro Chattopadhyay). Love blooms in spite of the fact that  Suchitra hailed from a Brahmo family and Soumitro from a Brahmin family. There is villain in the property usurping uncle (Utpal Dutt and his son Samit Bhanja) .

Utpal Dutt looked after the Zamindari after the demise of Suchitra’s father and was tyrannical towards the villagers. He hatched plans of usurping the Zamindari by marrying his son Samit Bhanja with Suchitra. Does he succeed in his plan? Or would Soumitro win his ladylove? Watch this feel good film to know the answer (in case you haven’t got it alreadyJ)

Sarat Chandra vividly captures the variegated colors of village life with finesse. Love, greed, sacrifices and ideological clashes find expression in his writings.

The main actors perform credibly. The chemistry between Soumitro and Suchitra is quite good, but I think it wasn’t explored much in Bengali cinema (apart from ‘Saat Pake Badha’ and a few others) in the wake of the Uttam-Suchitra duo attaining huge popularity. The supporting cast includes Sailen Mukherjee  and Sumitra Mukherjee.

Rating: 3.7 out of 5

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