Well, Durga Puja is very near, and the one thing we can do when we are not going out is to watch some famous Bengali movies related or surrounded with Durga Puja. This ‘Pujo Pujo Bhab’ (feeling like Puja), can be somehow be very difficult for some ‘Prabasi’ Bengali’s (non-resident Bengali’s) but these feelings can be calmed down by watching these Bengali movies.
In Bollywood movies Durga Puja is not depicted as such. But most of the Bengali Movies are based if you are not a Bengali, but is interested in some really good Bengali movies, then here are some different Bengali Movies to watch and you can understand the culture and authenticity of Bengal.
Types Of Bengali Movies To Watch
1Pather Panchali by Satyajit Ray
We have known Satyajit Ray, as a great filmmaker, and his first movie ‘Pather Panchali’ (Song of the road) all along. It is one of the greatest creations in the movie industry. Durga puja has played an integral part in his movies. Just like ‘Pather Panchali’, where this festival bought bleak of life and colours in Durga and Apu. Who were born and bought up in poverty.
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2Utsab by Rituparno Ghosh
On the background of Durga Puja, it is a story of a dynamics in a relationship of a cultured Bengali family and the various emotional currents that passes through among the family and relatives. You can find Prosenjit Chatterjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Madhabi Mukherjee, Mamata Sarkar and many more.
3Bhooter Bhobishyot by Anik Dutta
This movie is a rib-tickling comedy on a group of spirits, who on their various idiosyncrasies, try to save their only haunt or their only resting nest when some other unscruplous builders try to break it down to build a shopping mall. In the lead role you can see Parambrata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Paran Bandhopadhyay, Mumtaz Sorcar, Samadarshi Dutta, Biswajit Chakraborty and many more.
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4Antarmahal by Rituparno Ghosh
This movie is based on a short story by Tarashankar Bandhopadhyay called ‘Protima’. in the lead role you can find Abhishek Bachchan, Soha Ali Khan, Jakie Shroff and Roopa Ganguly. It is about a rich and oppressive zamindar named Bhubaneswar Chowdhury played by Jackie Shroff. Who wants to please the British, so that they can grant him Raibahadur title. While there are many competitors for the title, he wanted to do something unique planning to impress them. So, he decides to place Queen Victoria’s face on the idol of Durga.
He hires a young sculptor Brij Bhushan, played by Abhishek Bachchan who gets drawn to the zamindar’s, second and youngest wife Jashomati played by Soha Ali Khan and starts an affair.
5The Japanese Wife by Aparna Sen
With an outstanding performance of Rahul Bose, Raima Sen, Moushumi Chatterjee and Japanese actress Chigusa Takaku, this movie tells the tale of a man named Snehmoy Chatterjee, played by Rahul Bose, who is a simple village teacher and takes care of his Masi or aunt, played by Moushumi Chatterjee, meets or say read a mistaken letter from a girl named Miyagi, played by Chigusa Takaku, who lives in Japan and falls in love with her on the exchange of letters. It has been adapted from the book of the same name.
6Goynar Baksho by Aparna Sen
In Bengali Goynar Baksho means The Jewellery Box. This film is set in the 1950’s and 1970’s Calcutta and revolves around the three generation of women involving Mousomi Chatterjee, Konkona Sen Sharma and Srabonti Chatterjee. The matriarchal head of a Bengali Hindu family women played by Mousomi Chatterjee, who keeps her jewellery box safe and secured from her relatives and never be friends anybody from the family.
Suddenly she, finds a solace or friend in a new bride and her niece-in-law Somlata, played by Konkona Sen Sharma, shortly before dying and haunts her over to keep her jewellery box safe and secure from their greedy relatives, till she gave birth to a daughter Chaitali, who is played by Srabonti Chatterjee. Her ghost then later leaves her niece-in-law and starts showing to her grand niece, that is Chaitali.
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By – Triptika Basu