Posted: 05 August 2015 at 12:29pm | IP Logged
AB did good job with Broken nest , Here the actor who played Amol ,starts growing on you slowly and his eyes speaks what he could not say . Tagore has captured human emotions so beautifully where you find none is at fault . Amol with his carefree persona and with that having interest in art , music makes his place in Charu,s heart who gradually gets pulled towards him . Both have the same interest . Have not seen the Bengla movie with Soumen Chatterji but found in YT. Not being Bengali , always wanted to see this movie as was curious to know its ending .
Was reading Satyajit Ray ,s vision of "Nastanirh" as Charulata . Wanted to share here as there might be many like me
Charulata (The Lonely Wife) was Ray's twelfth feature film. It was also the director's favorite. Ray described the film as the one which has the least defects. In an interview with 'Cineaste' magazine, when asked about his most satisfying film, Ray said, "Well, the one film that I would make the same way, if I had to do it again, is Charulata."
The opening sequence is a piece of cinematic poetry. We see the young wife Charulata moving from one window to another in her house. She observes the activities of the outside world through the window blinds using opera glasses. She is like a caged bird in her mansion. We sense her curiosity and desire to know the outside world.
As she moves to the interior corridor of the house, we see her intellectual husband. He is too engrossed in a book and walks past her without even noticing her presence. She watches him as he walks away and stands reading. Charu raises her opera glasses and looks again as if he too belongs to the outside world. As Bhupati disappears from the view, she is expressionless and lets the opera glasses slip down. The camera is pulled back sharply, "like a flourish with a pen at the end of an essay ..." in Ray's words. Without a dialogue being spoken, we know Charulata is condemned to her loneliness and boredom.
Ray conveys the innermost feelings and thoughts of his characters without any dazzling technique and with minimal dialog. An another wonderful sequence is the swing sequence in the garden. In this scene Charu, who has been resisting her feelings for Amal, gives in and admits her love to herself. It is about eight-minute long sequence with almost no dialogue. With innovative camera and narrative style, Ray depicts Charu's state of mind and her dilemma.
In the final sequence, as Bhupati returns home after wandering aimlessly, Charu opens the door. Gently and with hesitation, she asks him to enter. A wavering Bhupati enters the door and reaches toward her hand. The shot is frozen and is followed with still images of Charu's half-lit face, Bhupati's half-lit face, a servant holding a lamp, a mid-shot of Charu and Bhupati and finally a long-shot of them. As the music rises the words "Nastanirh" (Bengali, The Broken Nest) fill the screen. It was ray's cinematic answer to Tagore's original ending in which Bhupati has to go out of town and Charu asks him to take her with him. He hesitates to which Charu says "Thak" meaning "Let it be". As Ray explained later, it was his visual equivalent of the word "Thak". "The two are about to reconcile and then prevented from doing so."
All the interiors were shot in studio. The sets are meticulously researched and detailed to create an authentic atmosphere. All the three major characters - Charulata played by Madhabi, Amal played Soumitra Chatterjee
and Bhupati played by Sailen Mukherjee - have performed brilliantly.
Edited by Neerjaa - 05 August 2015 at 12:30pm