January 9, 2009

Ghare Baire

Ghare Baire (The Home and the World) 1984

Year - 1984
Producer - National Film Development Corporation of India
Screenplay - Satyajit Ray
Based on - The novel Ghare Baire by Rabindranath Tagore
Photography - Soumendu Roy
Editor - Dulal Dutta
Art Director - Ashoke Bose
Music - Satyajit Ray
Sound - Robin Sen Gupta, Jyoti Chatterjee, Anup Mukherjee
Length - 140 min.
Print - Color

Nikhilesh Choudhury - Victor Bannerjee
Sandip Mukherjee - Soumitra Chatterjee
Bimala Choudhury - Swatilekha Chatterjee
Kulada -Bimala Chatterjee
Headmaster - Manoj Mitra
Amulya - Indrapramit Roy
Nikhil's sister-in-law - Gopa Aich
Miss Gilby - Jennifer Kapoor

The action occurs in 1905, in the period in which Great Britain, represented by Lord Curzon, decided the partition of Bengal in order to separate the Hindus and Moslems. The populace mobilized against this project in the nationalist movement known as swadeshi, which called for a boycott of foreign made goods, and in an insurrection which was subsequently suppressed. In this turbulent context, a bourgeois couple, Nikhil and Bimala, who have remained faithful to the ideals of the Bengal Renaissance, receive in their home a friend, Sandip, a vehement anti-English nationalist. Encouraged by her husband to be a "modern" woman, Bimala is seduced by Sandip, before gradually recognizing the duplicity of his motives and behavior

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