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Delving deeper into the failed love of Devdas and Paro, one could possibly attribute it to the epistle that Devdas wrote to his childhood paramour (Paro) from the city. In that letter he mentions of his reluctance to convert their relationship into conjugal union, something that would hurt his parents and their family prestige. Though soon after Devdas rushes to his village to make amends with Paro, everything has been lost by then.

What makes DEVDAS so popular with Indian filmmakers resulting in its several versions or their modified adaptations (Dev D, Muquddar Ka Sikandar). Love blooms abundantly in this novel by Sarat Chattopadhyay (Devdas and Paro love each other, Chandramukhi loves Devdas) but none of the relationship is taken towards consummation. The author highlights that love couldn’t transcend the barriers society had set for those times. Was SC suggesting by way of implication that social mores ought to change for that period, and compassion and acceptances of differences in terms of class, caste and also prejudices about courtesan need to be brought about.

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The Bimol Roy version that I saw recently was immensely watchable with competent performances by Dilip Kumar in the titular role, ably supported by Suchitra Sen,  Vjyantimala Bali & Motilal. At some places, Suchitra Sen’s diction had a Bengali slant of speaking Hindi but otherwise she is quite expressive and acts brilliantly. The sequence of a sozzled Motilal trying to hang his walking stick on the shadow of the hanger was quite hilarious.

Rating; 3.8 out of 5

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SAREY CHUATTOR is a hilarious comedy that retains its magic even to this day. The film is directed by Nirmal Dey, and based on a story by Bijon Bhattacharyya.
The film basically revolves around an uproar caused by a new romantic development between two boarders in a traditional boarding house with several inmates. It boasts of a stellar cast comprising Tulsi Chakraborty in a central role as caretaker/manager of the boarding. The other main actors include the most popular romantic pair of Bengali cinema – Uttam and Suchitra. The evergreen Bhanu Bandopadhyay too has a substantial role in the film. A number of prominent singers like Manabendra Mukhopadhyay, Shyamal Mitra and others have minor roles as inmates of the boarding house. The supporting cast includes Padda Debi, Haridhan Bannerjee and others.
The film has terrific songs – a zesty number like “Amar a joubon…” contrasts with a divinely Dhananjopy Bhattacharjee solo “A maaya to proboncho moy …” There are many scenes that evokes spontaneous laughter and the mistaken epistle episode involving Tulsi Chakraborty and Molina Devi is a personal favourite. There are many funny sequences like the one where Suchitra was offering sweets to Bhanu in her room, and two inmates from a floor below kept pestering them and when the window was shut on their face, they break into an impromptu song …
Rating: 3.8 out of 5

Suchitra Sen by Shoma Chaterji

Posted: February 23, 2016 in Books, Suchitra Sen

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‘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