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SASHI BABUR SANSAR was based on a story by Ashapurna Devi. The film showcases the inability of the older generation through the character of a recently retired patriarch (Chabi Biswas) to come to terms with the changes represented by the needs and aspiration of GenNext.

The film boasts of an impressive cast that also includes Pahari Sanyal, Chandraboti, Sabitri Chatterjee, Arundhuti Mukherjee, Basant Choudhury, Anup Kumar, Jiben Bose and others. Chabi Biswas utters one of the most significant dialogues in the film when he says to his daughter-in-law Arundhuti Mukherjee “Tomra aageye jao, amader mariye jayo na …”

One interesting sub-text in the film has a similar ring to Satyajit Ray’s MAHANAGAR in that in both the films the daughter-in-law goes out to work to earn a few extra bucks for the family against the wishes of the orthodox father-in-law. I don’t know whether this was incorporated in the two novels on which these two films have been based on the writings of Ashapurna Devi and Narendranath Mitra.

The strong cast acts brilliantly and makes it a watchable fare. The film was directed by Sudhir Mukherjee, who also directed the remarkable film BASHER KELLA featuring Anup Kumar.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5



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.