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655 Ratings


Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1964
Drama, Romance


Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.

Charulata Directed by Satyajit Ray
It offers a rich tapestry of pent-up emotion, fully imagined characters and poetically shot visuals.
May 03, 2017
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The acting is beyond reproach. Madhabi Mukherjee gives one of the great performances as Charulata; any shot of her large, watery eyes and the transfixing bindi on her forehead conveys more ethos and pathos than some entire screenplays.
December 26, 2014
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This is an understated opening sequence for a film that drew criticism upon its release for being too slow. Howard Thompson’s New York Times review complained that Charulata “moves like a majestic snail,” but the methodical rhythm that Ray imposes on his film is actually a virtue. It allows us time and space to empathise with Charu’s situation…
August 21, 2014
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