January 9, 2009

Shakha Proshakha

Shakha Proshakha (Branches of a Tree) 1990

Year - 1990
Producer - Satyajit Ray Productions, Gerard Depardieu (D. D. Productions) and Daniel Toscan Du Plantier (Erato Films)
Screenplay - Satyajit Ray
Photography - Barun Raha
Editor - Dulal Dutta
Art Director - Ashoke Bose
Music - Satyajit Ray, Bach, Beethoven
Sound - Pierre Lenoir, Sujit Sarkar, Jyoti Chatterjee
Production Director - Anil Chowdhury
Length - 120 min.
Print - Color

Ananda Majumdar - Ajit Bannerjee
Probodh, eldest son - Haradhan Bannerjee
Proshanto, second son - Soumitra Chatterjee
Probir, third son - Deepankar De
Protap, fourth son - Ranjit Mullik
Uma, Probodh's wife - Lily Chakravarty
Tapati, Probir's wife - Mamata Shankar

Ananda Majumdar, a wealthy, retired industrialist, is stricken by an illness during a ceremony in honor of his seventieth birthday. Members of his family (his three sons) rush immediately at his bedside. There they find Proshanto, the fourth son, who lives with his father. Proshanto spends his time listening to music and is considered to be the family failure. The two eldest sons, involved in business, live corrupt lives and do not want their father, an uncompromising moralist who believes in work and honesty, to find out. The youngest of the four, weary of office life, would love to become an actor. A family meal and a picnic accentuate the tensions.

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