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Based on a Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel, the film depicts the lives of Bengalis who went to Rangoon to work in that country. The author had lived in Burma for several years and this has largely reflected itself in the insights one can draw from the characters and stories in his novel which were based on Burma and Burmese life.

In this film Srikanto (Vasant Choudhury) is shown heading towards Rangoon in search of a job. On the ship in which he is travelling, he meets Abhaya (Mala Sinha) who is going to Rangoon to find her long missing husband Purno (Bikash Roy). The narrative unfolds several characters and highlights several facets of exploitation – Bengalis living in Burma are shown being exploitative and deceiving indigenous simple Burmese women.

Vasant Choudhury and Mala Sinha are brilliant. The supporting cast of Jahar Roy, Tarun Kumar, Satya Bannerjee, Gita Dey, Dilip Roy & others lend good support.

Rating: 3.8 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



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.