Chowringhee (1968)

Bengali Movie Chowringhee (1968)
Bangla movie Chowringhee starring Uttam Kumar, Supriya Debi, Anjana Bhowmick, Biswajit, Subhendu Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Kumar, Dipak Mukherjee, Haradhan Banerjee, Dipti Roy was released in 1968. The movie was directed by Pinaki Mukhopadhyay and produced by Asima Bhattacharya. Asima Bhattacharya scored the music in the movie. The movie is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Shankar and was a huge hit in its own right.
Chowringhee Movie Details
Directed by : Pinaki Mukhopadhyay
Produced by : Asima Bhattacharya
Distributed by : Pompy Films
Starring : Uttam Kumar, Supriya Debi, Anjana Bhowmick, Biswajit, Subhendu Chatterjee, Utpal Dutt, Bhanu Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Kumar, Dipak Mukherjee, Haradhan Bandyopadhyay, Dipti Roy
Music by : Asima Bhattacharya
Release date(s) : 1968
Running time : 121 minutes
Country : India
Language : Bengali

Review: The movie is based in a luxurious hotel called Hotel Shahjahan. The chronicle of life, camaraderie, love and loss is told by Shankar (Subhendu Chatterjee), the film’s simple-natured protagonist. The ensemble cast comprised of such colourful characters as Satyasundar Bose aka Sata, the hotel’s gregarious and charming receptionist (played with élan by the then-reigning superstar Uttam Kumar), Karabi Guha, a lonely misunderstood housekeeper (Supriya Debi), Anindya Pakrashi, the buoyant son of a wealthy businessman (Biswajit), Marco Polo, the hotel’s alcoholic manager (Utpal Dutt), among others.

Despite the inherent strength in the script and depth in the characters that the novel gifted the maker with, the final outcome didn’t amount to much. The movie does have its moments, but on the whole it suffered from lackadaisical execution. It seemed more like a series of patchworks than a satisfying whole, perhaps on account of sub-par direction and poor editing. The gargantuan talent of Utpal Dutt too was largely wasted. The decent cinematography and the charismatic presence of Uttam Kumar were the factors that made it reasonably watchable.

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