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6 game-changing Bengali dramas of the last decade

6 game-changing Bengali dramas of the last decade
Audita Bhattacharya

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In the past decade, Bengali dramas have amassed a fanbase that keeps growing by the day. While this is a genre that put Bengali cinema on the international map, the current crop of films benefits from expanding budgets and technical advancements in filmmaking.

Here is a list of six game-changing Bengali dramas from the last decade:

1

Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish

5.9
Rituparno Ghosh’s film sees him playing the lead character of a choreographer who is learning to fight for who he is in a world that is so seemingly cruel. The film depicts the struggle of finding one’s identity in navigating familial relations and the notion of love.

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2

Apur Panchali

8.5
Kaushik Ganguly’s film picks up where Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali ends with respect to the life of Subir Banerjee, the child artiste who plays Apu in Ray's trilogy. The film captures how his reel and real-life blurs, contrasted against montages of Ray’s original film. It’s a fresh concept made with restrained dramatisation and a seamless screenplay.

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3

Moner Manush

8.2
Gautam Ghosh's film is based on the life and philosophy of Lalon Fakir, a Bengali poet, folk singer and spiritual leader from the 19th Century. The screenplay is based on Sunil Gangopadhya's book of the same name. The film requires patient viewing but makes for an enlightening experience.

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4

Shabdo

8.4
Kaushik Ganguly's film revolves around the life of a foley artist who starts losing the harmony in his own life after creating incredible sounds for the showreel. As the artiste gets trapped in his own world, he loses more and more of himself.
5

Iti Mrinalini: An Unfinished Letter...

7
This Aparna Sen directorial is a deeply personal and endearing story of an actor and how her passion has taken away more from her than given her. Aparna plays the older version of the actor while Konkona Sen Sharma essays the younger years. Aparna's is a wonderfully written screenplay that also benefits from some brilliant editing.

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6

Ahare Mon

7
Pratim D Gupta's rich paradigm of emotions in Ahare Mon talks about people at various stages of life exploring joy, happiness and love. A common focal point is highlighted through the lyrical narrative and some fantastic performances.

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