Streer Patra (1973)

 

Streer Patro would translate as The Wife’s Letter. The story was written by Rabindranath Tagore, and the film was directed by Purnendu Pattrea (PP).

The epistle that the title refers to is the letter the wife (Madhabi Mukherjee) sends to her husband from Puri where she went on a visit with one of the relatives. In it, the injustices meted out to a female protagonist, a young girl Bindu who stayed with her and forcibly married off to an older mad man (Nimu Bhowmick) was mentioned, and she revealed that she would never return to family life as a protest.

The film was set sometime around 1910 and the sub-text has the Indian freedom struggle in the background. Madhabi delivers a stunning performance. PP uses stills and innovate camera techniques and fantasy elements reminiscent of the films of Mrinal Sen.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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