Thursday, February 5, 2009

Satyajit Ray - Charulata (1964)


Charulata (released in the English-speaking world as The Lonely Wife), when pressed, Ray would choose as his best ever. The film tells the story of a lonely housewife, known as Charu, who lives a wealthy, secluded and idle life in 1870's Calcutta. Her husband, Bhupati, runs a newspaper, The Sentinel, and spends more time at work than with his wife. However, he notices that Charu is lonely, and asks his cousin, Amal, to keep her company. Amal is a writer and is asked to help Charu with her own writing. However, after some time, Charu and Amal's feelings for each other move beyond those of a mentoring relationship. Scandalous!

Five songs totaling not even eight minutes in length, the musical score of this movie was composed entirely by the director himself, Satyajit Ray. Worth a listen for Charu's theme alone - a song made popular in 2007's The Darjeeling Limited.

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