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In some respects PARESH by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay bears a resemblance to his story NISHKRITI. In both these stories, the elder brother a good Samaritan looks after the family business. Enters the second/middle brother — a greedy fellow wanting a division of the family property and cornering the lion’s share of it.

The titular protagonist Paresh (played by Nirmal Kumar) has grown up in the village under the tutelage of his uncle (elder brother of his father played by Pahari Sanyal). It is apparent that Paresh respects his uncle even more than his parents who try their best to steal their son from someone he really adores. The patriarch (Pahari Sanyal) has more faith in his nephew Paresh than on his own son Bimal (played by Premansu Bose). Bimal is greedy and falls into bad company. This has a ruinous effect on the family.

Misunderstanding surfaces in the relation between Paresh with his jhetu (Pahari Sanyal). To know the full story, watch this immensely moving film with brilliant performances by Pahari  Sanyal and Nirmal Kumar and ably supported by Manju Dey, Molina Devi, Sova Sen, Tulsi Chakraborty, Sabitri Chatterjee, Kamal Mitra and others.

The film was directed by Ajay Kar with music by Anupam Ghatak.

Rating: 4 out of 5

I really find this a heart-warming romantic film. The coy-and-quiet romance between Shekar (Soumitro Chaterjee) and Lolita (Moushumi Chaterjee) in the film reaches a level rarely reached in the Bengali and Indian cinemas. The Ajay Kar directed film was based on a story by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

Sarat Chattopadhyay excelled at exploring nuanced relationships in families bonded by ties or by blood. He has done this in his novels like NISHKRITI (made into a Hindi film APNE PARAYE by Basu Chaterjee) & PARINEETA among others. The author also voices his opposition to orthodox beliefs in Hinduism and often pits his characters in Brahmanical-Brahmo conflict.

The film has good all round performances and stalwarts like Bikash Roy, Chaya Devi & Kamal Mitra delivers as usual. Soumitro and Moushumi are terrific. Samit Bhanja in a supporting role of a Brahmo and a potential suitor of Lolita is likeable.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

‘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