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Biraj Bahu (1954)

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Nilambhar Chakravorty belongs to a poor family, and lives in a joint family with his married brother, Pitambar, unmarried sister, Punnu, and wife, Biraj. Since his sister is of marriageable... See full summary »

Director:

Bimal Roy

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Saratchandra Chatterjee (novel) (as Sarat Chandra), Nabendu Ghosh (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamini Kaushal ... Biraj Chakravorty
Abhi Bhattacharya ... Nilambher Chakravorty (as Abhi Battacharjee)
Shakuntala Shakuntala ... Punnu Chakravorty
Pran ... Deodhar
Randhir Randhir ... Pitambar Chakravorty
Manorama ... Sundari (Maidservant)
Kammo Kammo
Vikram Kapoor Vikram Kapoor ... (as Bikram Kapoor)
Nazima ... (as Baby Chand)
Iftekhar ... Kishorilal, Deodhar's assistant (as Iftikhar)
Moni Chatterjee Moni Chatterjee ... Bholanath
Sarita Devi Sarita Devi
Shivji Bhai Shivji Bhai ... (as Sheojibhai)
Maya Dass Maya Dass ... (as Maya Das)
Dasarathlal Dasarathlal ... (as Dashrothlal)
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Nilambhar Chakravorty belongs to a poor family, and lives in a joint family with his married brother, Pitambar, unmarried sister, Punnu, and wife, Biraj. Since his sister is of marriageable age, he arranges her marriage, and borrows some money. When Pitambar comes to know about this, he refuses to share any expense in his sister's marriage, and decides to separate, resulting in a fence being put up between their homes. Nilambher, unable to find employment, is unable to pay back the loan, and soon both he and his wife barely have enough to live on. To complicate matters further, Deodhar, a wealthy young contractor has his eye on Biraj's beauty and would like to be intimate with her, in return for money and a better life. He even hires Biraj's maidservant, Sundari, to lure Biraj to him. One day when Nilambher goes to attend a funeral in a nearby town, and does not come home for two days. When he returns he is told that Biraj had been seen hear Deodhar's place. When he questions her, she... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Hindi

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A Rare Gem.....
27 April 2018 | by SumanShakyaSee all my reviews

"Biraj Bahu" is an adaptation of Bengali novelist Sharat Chandra Chattopadhya's literary work with the same name, directed by one of the pioneer directors of Indian Cinema, Bimal Roy, following his superb adaptation of Sarat Chandra's another novel "Parineeta." Set under the rural backdrop of an Indian village, the film reflects the social milieu of the time through its impeccable character development emanating a heart felt story with just brilliantly realized and inane situations.

Despite the film takes few liberties from the original literary work, the film sumptuously makes the central character of the novel, Biraj, a beautiful and devout wife who wishes to die in her husband's feet, glow. Through the turmoil and social outrage, her commitment towards her husband is in-dettered, which just gets brilliantly executed through a heart rending roles or a finely nuanced script. May that be the brilliant performances from Kamini Kaushal or Abhi Bhattacharya, or its poignant story, the film is a rare gem, from a remarkable and a pioneer film-maker, which recreates the rich literary work on the screen.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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