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OTTplay Lost and Found - Unishe April

Rituparno Ghosh’s second feature directorial, Unishe April, was a significant milestone in Bengali cinema. Released in 1994, the film, led by Aparna Sen and Debashree Roy, ushered in a new era in Bengali cinema.

  • Nikhil Kumar

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 06.41 AM, Jan 11, 2022

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Welcome to OTTplay Lost and Found, one podcast that gives you all the info about critically acclaimed but lesser-known films and shows. I'm your host Nikhil

Rituparno Ghosh’s second feature directorial, Unishe April, was a significant milestone in Bengali cinema. Released in 1994, the film, led by Aparna Sen and Debashree Roy, ushered in a new era in Bengali cinema that was unafraid to tackle contentious subjects and do away with the routine song-and-dance sequences in favor of more nuanced stories about human nature and relationships. 

Ghosh’s cinematic oeuvre predominantly consists of stories about the status of women in society and the micro-struggles that they face every day in their homes and outside of it. In Ghosh’s films, femininity is not worshipped and revered, and motherhood is not deified. Unishe April, also written by Ghosh, demystifies this idealized notion of motherhood through her protagonist Sarojini, played by Aparna Sen. The film follows the return of an estranged daughter, essayed by Debashree Roy, to her childhood home on her father’s death anniversary. Through the course of the day, the mother and the daughter confront each other on their ideas of womanhood, and eventually, get a little closer to understanding the other’s perspective. 

28 years after its release and National Awards win, Unishe April remains one of Ghosh’s most subtle pieces of cinema. It is a slice-of-life drama that is more concerned about the unspoken dynamic than verbose declarations of love and sacrifice. It is a mother-daughter relationship at its rawest.

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Well, that's the OTTplay Lost and Found film Unishe April for today's episode. I shall be back soon with another critically acclaimed film or a show. This is your host Nikhil signing out for now. 

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