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Kapurush (The Coward) (1994)





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This short feature by Satyajit Ray, based on a story by Premendra Mitra, stars Soumitra Chatterjee as Amitabha Roy, a Calcutta screenwriter whose car breaks down during a research trip out in the country. A local tea baron offers him a place to stay for the night, and Amitabha is surprised to find that the baron's wife, Karuna (Madhabi Mukherjee), is the woman he had been in love with years before, and lost because of his own indecisiveness. Amitabha realizes that he is still in love with her, and spends the evening and much of the next day trying to steal moments alone with her to find out what she sees in her boorish husband, and talk her into leaving him. But Karuna remains tauntingly enigmatic until the end. The Coward is often shown with another short Ray feature, The Holy Man. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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R.D.Banshal & Co.


Critic Reviews for Kapurush (The Coward)

All Critics (3)

Unremarkable moralistic drama.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A deeply felt and observantly rendered mood piece that pivots on setting, camera placement, actor positions, and an editing structure that incorporates flashbacks via emotional associations

Full Review… | August 21, 2007

...Kapurush has a great deal of charm, most notably in the wordless acting prowess demonstrated by the two lead characters. Through their subtle eye movements and small body gestures, we are able to discern their unspoken turmoil.

Full Review… | July 9, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Kapurush (The Coward)

A short film with two of Ray's top actors. The story, one of cowardice and regret and second chances, is very engaging and you can never tell which way it's going to turn. It's a little slow to get started, especially for such a brief movie, but other than that it's a splendid work. The score is unusual for a Ray film of this period, but very effective and evocative, and of course Chatterjee and Mukherjee are superb as always. Also some wonderful camerawork.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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