Satyajit Ray

Charulata

Charulata

Satyajit Ray’s exquisite story of a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning takes place in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India, in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely wife, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). When her husband’s poet cousin (Soumitra Chatterjee) comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both creatively inspired and dangerously drawn to him. Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.

Film Info

  • Satyajit Ray
  • India
  • 1964
  • 119 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Bengali
  • Spine #669

Special Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Adapting Tagore, a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali cultural historian Supriya Chaudhuri
  • Archival audio interview with director Satyajit Ray, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson

Cover illustration by Satyajit Ray, design by Marian Bantjes

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview program with actors Madhabi Mukherjee and Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Adapting Tagore, a new interview program featuring Indian film scholar Moinak Biswas and Bengali cultural historian Supriya Chaudhuri
  • Archival audio interview with director Satyajit Ray, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp and a 1980s interview with Ray by his biographer Andrew Robinson

Cover illustration by Satyajit Ray, design by Marian Bantjes

Charulata
Cast
Madhabi Mukherjee
Charulata
Shailen Mukherjee
Bhupati
Soumitra Chatterjee
Amal, Bhupati’s cousin
Shyamal Ghosal
Umapada, Charulata’s brother
Gitali Roy
Mandakini, Umapada’s wife
Bholanath Koyal
Braja, the attendant
Suku Mukherjee
Nishikanta
Dilip Bose
Sasanka, celebration host
Subrata Sen
Motilal, celebration guest
Nilatpal Dey
Joydeb, singer at celebration
Bankim Ghosh
Jagannath, moneylender
Credits
Director
Satyajit Ray
Producer
R. D. Bansal
Based on the original novella The Broken Nest by
Rabindranath Tagore
Music
Satyajit Ray
Screenplay
Satyajit Ray
Cinematography
Subrata Mitra
Art director
Bansi Chandragupta
Editor
Dulal Dutta
Sound
Nripen Paul
Sound
Atul Chatterjee
Sound
Sujit Sarkar
Lighting
Satish Haldar
Songs by
Baiju Bawra
Songs by
Joydeb
Songs by
Nidhubabu
Songs by
Raja Rammohan Roy
Songs by
Rabindranath Tagore
Songs by
Tansen

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The author’s encounters with the great Indian filmmaker.

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