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Bengali classics that you can stream right now on OTTs

Vaibhavi | OTTplay

Vaibhavi | OTTplay
May 11, 2021

The Bengali film industry is known for making movies that are way ahead of their time. Churning out critically acclaimed movies year after year, Bengali cinema has now expanded leaps and bounds. For every movie buff, diving into the arena of Bengali cinema is a revelation you don't want to miss.

Here are some classics to kickstart your journey into Bengali cinema

Pather Panchali
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Any list of Bengali classic movies is incomplete without Pather Panchali. The 1955 classic was ace director Satyajit Ray's directorial debut. This masterpiece is inspired by a novel of the same name by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. The movie captures the gut-wrenching story of a young boy from a poor family named Apu and his daily struggles to make a living. The film has earned several accolades and is acclaimed in India as well internationally.
Meghe Dhaka Tara
7.7OTTplay Rating
Touted as director Ritwick Ghatak's most acknowledged movie, Meghe Dhaka Tara is based on the novel by Shaktipada Rajguru. Set against the backdrop of the Partition, the movie is a touching portrayal of the harsh realities of Bengal following the dreaded partition. Supriya Devi playing the lead role proved her mettle with her portrayal of Geeta. One of the best movies about the partition backdrop, this 1960 movie is a cult classic.
Padma Nadir Majhi
8.6OTTplay Rating
The 1993 classic by award-winning director Gautam Ghose is known for the impeccable artistry by Roopa Ganguly and Utpal Dutt. An Indo-Bangladesh joint production venture, the movie is inspired by a novel of the same name by Manik Bandopadhyay who has also written its screenplay. It encompasses the utopian dream of Hossain who wants to give an idealistic life to the people of his community by populating the Padma delta.
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Another masterpiece from Ray's filmography, this 1964 classic is based on Rabindranath Tagore's 1901 novella Nastanirh. The story revolves around Charulata, a beautiful but lonely wife of a newspaper editor who falls in love with her husband's cousin. The movie portrays the delicate tale of a sinking marriage with great artistry. Being ahead of its time, Charulata shows empowered women. Along with Ray's mastery, the terrific performances by the cast are a treat to watch.
Jukti Takko Aar Gappo
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Ritwick Ghatak's last directorial venture also saw him portray the role of the protagonist, a drunk and tormented intellectual driven away from his home. The movie is known for its remarkable cinematography that is often claimed to be way ahead of its time. One of the first movies to showcase the glimpse of the Naxalite movement in Bengal, Jukti Takko Aar Guppo should be watched for the brilliance of Ghatak.
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