Arguably the most elegant of all Satyajit Ray's films, Charulata is widely considered the crowning achievement of Ray's creative period during the 1960s. It's also one of his best known and most appreciated films the world over. The screenplay is adapted from Nastanirh / The Ruined Nest, a story by Rabindranath Tagore.
Set in Calcutta, circa 1880, the beautiful Charulata idles her life away in an opulent Victorian mansion, secluded from the outside world. Her husband, Bhupati, an idealistic intellectual, is adoring and supportive. However, he is consumed by the publication of his new political newspaper and is unable to spend time with Charulata. When his younger cousin, Amal, arrives, Bhupati enlists his help to cultivate Chaulata's latent creativity in writing. An increasingly intimate relationship develops between Charulata and Amal which in the beginning is based on complicity and writing, but eventually develops into love. Blind to all but his own ideals, Bhupati is left to weather the fate of his business and marriage.
With Ray at the height of his creative powers, he crafts a nuanced work of art that reveals more to the audience each time it is experienced. Charulata is a triumph of love, idealism, disillusionment and heartbreak.
This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.