Archive for the ‘Tarun Mazumdar’ Category


PIPASA was based on a story by Banophool. The film was directed by Tarun Mazumdar, music by Hemant Kumarand featured Sandhya Roy, Basant Choudhury, Anup Kumar, Pahari Sanyal, Anuva Gupta , Bhanu Bandopadhyay and others.

It is a tale of struggle at reformation for a courtesan (Sandhya Roy), Roshan Bai, when she gets enchanted with a scholarly Brahmin man (Basant Choudhury). The film outlines a new dimension of the courtesan with a golden heart (in contrast to Chandramukhi in Sarat Chaterji’s Devdas). While ‘All is fair in Love and Air’ may have been the guiding proinciple for cupid to bloom, that an inevitable fued would result when skeletons tumble out of closet, is a foregone conclusion. The two main actors, Sandhya Roy and Basant Choudhury, perform wonderfully in their roles. Anup Kumar is chilling in a negative character. The rest of the supporting cast, Pahari Sanyal and Bhanau Bandopadhyay perform remarkably well, especially Bhanu for some of the lighter moments of the film. The songs have a classical strain and a Rabindrasangeet ‘alok er jhorna dharey duliye dao…’ have been featured in the film.

Watching the film four decades later, one feels that the grip of prevalent orthodoxy in those times in society hindred the chances of a fallen woman to gain acceptance in a so called respectable league. While directors like V. Shantaram were making films on reforming criminals (Do Ankhen Barah Haath) , such exercises on disreputable woman was being ignored.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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There is a distinguishing feature in Tarun Mazumdar  films. Most  of his films revolve around village life. However, his films eschew the harshness depicted in the films of Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray, Gautam Ghose and Ritwik Ghatak when they make films that has the village as the setting.

The TM film SHAHER THEKE DUREY bears resemblance to his film PHULESHWARI. In PHULESHWARI a young man (Samit Bhanja) joins the Railway and gets a posting in the village. SHAHER THEKE DURE has a young doctor (Samit Bhanja) who comes to work in a village. In both the films, the young man falls in love with a village belle (Sandhya Roy in both films). There are many supporting characters in these films, high voltage drama interspersed with melodious songs. Actors like Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Anup Kumar & Robi Ghosh lend able support to make the film entertaining.

Rating: 3.6 out of 5


Tapan Sinha’s ATITHI bears a striking resemblance to Jatrik-directed PALATAK.  In both the films the protagonist is a wanderer intermittently escaping the bindings of family life and setting off to discover new people and places. The only difference is that the protagonist Tara in ATITHI is a small boy (played by actor Partha)  whereas in PALATAK it was a grown up man (Anoop Kumar).

Watching a film six decades after it was made in poor print quality reinforces the need to restore such classic films for posterity. ATITHI has a few lilting flute tunes of Tagore composition.

ATITHI takes us back to a world where a sense of the wonder lurked in the child about the unknown. They found joy and happiness in the simple charms that life offered – taking a dip in the village pond or gaping at the antics of the performer of a circus or Jatra (a kind of theatre in Bengal). This is one of the biggest losses mankind has suffered in the wake of the onslaught of 24×7 TV Channels and the Internet. That child in us with curiosity about the most mundane of things is now truly dead.

Ajitesh Bandopadhyay and Smriti Sinha act in supporting roles.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5

Path Bhola  1986 Tapas Pal, Prasenjit, Nayana Das, Utpal Dutta, Sandhya Roy, Abhishek Chattopadhyay, Nayna Das

This Tarun Mazumdar film narrates the tale of five youths running from the law. Their ignorance in reading the dubiousness of their employer engaged in adulterated pharmaceutical business played a cruel joke on them, and while trying to flee during a ‘cop raid’ in the factory where they worked, they had to bump off a cop or two during the gun battle that had resulted.  They take shelter in a remote village in the house of an elderly man (Utpal Dutta) who lives with his daughter-in-law (Sandhya Roy) and their ‘dumb’ servant.

What follows is a reformist tale – the youth are exposed to the duality of rural life which is a mix of extreme hardship and the joys and fellow-feeling among the tribal. Peppered with a liberal dose of patriotism through the invocation of the contributions by Khudiram Bose and Surja Sen and of the son of the elderly man who was shot while trying to escape from Andaman Jail, the director manages to make the film a message ridden watchable fare.

As usual, TM uses Rabindrasangeet like ‘Sedin Dujone..’  during the romantic sequence between Prasenjit and Noyana. Tapas Pal, Prasenjit and Noyana Das act in pivotal roles.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

“baare baare ami pother taanei
poth ke korechhi ghor
taai ami jajabor …”

PALATAK is directed by Jatrik based on a story by Manoj Basu. The film narrates the tale of a man (Anup Kumar in a brilliant performance) bitten by wanderlust. Inspite of the fact that he hailed from a rich Zamindari family and could have lived in comfort, his wanderlust took him to newer and different places where he encountered new people and mingled with their lives. He gets married to a woman (Sandhya Roy) and returns home to his family with his wife. Could conjugal life curb his passion for travelling? The film could have been edited for greater effect.

List of memorable songs from the film:

  1. Mon je amar kemon kemon kore …
  2. Jibon pur er pathik re bhai …
  3. Krishna kalo aadhar kalo …
  4. Aha re bidhi go tor leela bhoja daay …

The supporting cast includes Asit Baran, Bharati Devi, Jahar Ganguly, Jahar Ray, Robi Ghosh, Anuva Gupta, Ruma Guha Thakurtha and others. The film is produced by V. Shantaram.

Rating: 3.8 out of 5