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9 must-watch Bengali films from the last decade

Audita Bhattacharya

Audita Bhattacharya
May 11, 2021

Bengali cinema has arguably produced the most critically acclaimed films in the entire country. Works of filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen set the ball rolling for global domination and till date some of the biggies of even Hollywood continue to reference and take inspiration from Bengali Cinema.

When it comes to the last decade, Bengali cinema has seen over a thousand releases across platforms and genres. However, there’s a select few that have stood the test of time and critique.

Here’s nine films, streaming across OTT platforms that you should not miss:

1
Asha Jaoar Majhe
8.2OTTplay Rating
Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut film follows the story of a young married couple as they go about their days, trying to make ends meet. Working shifts and rarely meeting each other, the two find subtle ways to express their love for one another. A lyrical ballad that will tug at your heart strings.
2
Abohomaan
7.5OTTplay Rating
Rituparno Ghosh's film delves deep into the psyche of two women from contrasting backgrounds, one playing a wife and the other a young actress. Both are tied together with an acclaimed filmmaker and his dream project, when a sudden death changes everything.
3
Jaatishwar
8.4OTTplay Rating
Prosenjit Chatterjee's film pays tribute to Bengali poet Anthony Firingee. Revolving around life, death and the unfulfilled desires of a human being, the film is one of the most beautifully made and critically acclaimed films of the past decade. The performances are incredible and the screenplay, brilliantly written.
4
Bhooter Bhabishyat
8.6OTTplay Rating
Anik Dutta turns a survival story about ghosts into one of the most brilliantly written satires of our time. A tribute to Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshe, the rhyming dialogues of the film might lose all its charm with subtitles. The film is a must watch for Bengali-speaking audience.
5
khaad
7.5OTTplay Rating
Kaushik Ganguly asks the question whether people are their truest self, just when they're about to die? A group of tourists forced to spend the night together after a terrible accident is confronted with their deepest secrets in this film. An ensemble cast with Arijit Singh’s music, the film makes the viewers contemplate their lives.
6
Chotushkone
8.3OTTplay Rating
Srijit Mukherji's film follows the lives of four filmmmakers who find themselves exploring death through their own lens. However, there is a bigger scheme that destiny traps them in. Not all the four films are equally strong, however the performances are triumphant.
7
Bakita Byaktigoto
7.9OTTplay Rating
Pradipta Bhattacharya's film revolves around a filmmaker's ordeal to make a film about love. The story brings to lights the complexities of human life and love where boundaries of fantasy and fiction are blurred. A river without a course, but grounded strongly with stellar performances.
8
Shonar Pahar
8.2OTTplay Rating
Parambrata Chatterjee's film is a heartwarming story between a young orphan boy and an old lady and an unlikely friendship that blossoms between them when her own son leaves her. It is recommended to have tissues handy for this one.
9
Phoring
7.6OTTplay Rating
Indranil Roychowdhury's coming of age film tells the story of a young boy's obsession with his teacher. A harmless crush turns into an obsessive infatuation as he deems her sensitivity, naive. Stunning visuals and brilliant performances make this film a must watch.
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