Agradani (1983)

Posted: November 27, 2015 in Bengali films, Prasenjit, Soumitro Chattopadhyay

Agradani (1983)

This is based on a short story by Tara Sankar Bandyopadhhay. Agradani is the name of a particular class of Brahmins who were thought to be God’s chosen ones to perform the eating ceremony. In fact, as a general rule, they were gluttons. Our protagonist Agradani was greedy and would travel long distances just for the pleasure of eating on behalf of the dead and gone. A particular sequence of Soumitro Chatterjee in the central character popping sweets into his mouth was quite hilarious.

The film is rather bleak and shows how innocence gets taken for a ride, whether it is the son who introduces his illiterate father to his room-mate as “Old Servant” and the unsuspecting father goes around the village saying that he knows the English word of daddy which is “Old servant,” or the Burra Babu (Anil Chaterjee) who lures him to partake Agradani promising a good marriage for the daughter of our protagonist .

The story ending is also devoid of any optimism. The film features Soumitro Chatterjee, Anil Chatterjee, Sumitra Mukherjee, Prasenjit, Sandhya Roy and others.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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