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Critic Reviews for Charulata
Film masterpieces, like our heart's desire, shouldn't elude us forever; Charulata is an experience every movie-lover should share.
Ray recognizes the paradox that reformers are insulated from the people for whom they toil, but the movie is too stately and attenuated.
Possibly more relaxed and leisurely than most Satyajit Ray films, Charulata nevertheless has a graciousness and dignity which impart an added sincerity to the simple, yet thoroughly acceptable story.
Certainly one of Ray's best films, with a superb music score of his own composition.
Audience Reviews for Charulata
Gorgeous and sumptuously melancholy; Charulata is with little doubt one of Satyajit Ray's crowning achievements.
An exquisitely piercing love story from Bengali director Satyajit Ray,based upon the novella Nastanirh(The Lonely Wife) by Rabindranath Tagore.Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival in 1965,and also the Golden Lotus Award for Best Film at the National Film Awards of the same year. The film tells the story of a lonely housewife who lives a wealthy,secluded and idle life in 1870's Calcutta,while her husband runs a newspaper,and spend most of his time at work and with his friends than with her. However,he notices the loneliness of his wife,and ask his brother to keep her company and help her with her own writing.It's a thin line between love and friendship,and soon her feelings for him grow into love. Madhabi Mukherjee is so beautiful and just perfect as the lonely wife. The famous scene in which she sitting on her swing singing and looking at her brother-in law is just breathtaking! A very sophisticated and beautiful film from one of the greatest director in cinema history!
[font=Century Gothic]In "Charulata," it is 1879 and Bhupati(Shailen Mukherjee) feels sorry for his beautiful wife, Charulata(Madhabi Mukherjee), since he is so busy publishing his newspaper that he has very little time to spend with her. Fearing that she is lonely, he summons his carefree brother, Amal(Soumitra Chatterjee), a poet who dreams of traveling to England. That is not the only reason as he also offers him a job and starts to think about possible marriages for him.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Charulata" is a resonant and understated soap opera with political overtones set in colonial India. Bhupati is an anglophile who publishes his newspaper, The Sentinel, in English, while wearing European clothing. He believes in democracy and freedom of the press in criticizing the colonial government. One presumes that he will get a very rude awakening one day when he discovers that the rule of law is not applied equally to everyone in India. So, you could see the beginnings of nationalism here in the recently united subcontinent.[/font]
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