JATUGRIHA (1964)

Posted: March 24, 2016 in Arundhuti Devi, Bangla 1960-70, Bengali films, Bikash Roy, Tapan Sinha, Uttam Kumar

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Watching JATUGRIHO one is likely to discover the chemistry between Uttam Kumar and Arundhuti Devi. Quite a few scenes in the film attest this fact. The pair also featured in other notable films like SUILI BARI, BICHARAK and others.
In the film the director Tapan Sinha seem to suggest that children are central to successful marriages and childless couples are doomed. I say this because I felt the director was trying to convey exactly this through the character of Anil Chatterjee and his family (Wife Kajal Chatterjee and kids) who inspite of financial hardship were shown to be happy with their lives singing Tagore songs and enjoying the charms of quotidian life.
I found thematic similarity of the film with the much later Rituparno Ghosh film ASOOKH. In both these films relationship crumble because the disease exist somewhere in the mind of their protagonist. The central text of infertility being the reason for the woman to walk out of the marriage is inconceivable in this age and times. Else all childless couples would have found their marriage on the rocks.
Interestingly the director never suggests adoption as a means to fill the void. Are we so obsessed that our progeny have to share our bloodline? The supporting cast includes Bikash Roy and others. The film was based on a story by Subodh Ghosh.

Rating; 3.5 out of 5

PS The writer Subodh Ghosh had once worked as a bus conductor, and thereafter as a truck driver to make end’s meet before making his marks as a writer whose stories have been the base of many timeless classic movies.

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