Audio, visual representation of ‘Charulatha’ is an attempt to reminisce through one of the master works of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Nashtanirh’ which was adapted by Satyajith Ray in his film, Charulatha in 1964.
Nashtanirh, The Broken Nest a lyrical love story by Tagore; here Charulatha lures the reader with her charm and intelligence and her love towards literature. She is desperate for attention and care from her husband Bhupathi, who is busy with his professional pursuits. Later she blooms out from her loneliness with the company of Amal, Bhupathi’s cousin. Some states that the story is about Tagore and his elder brother’s wife Kathambari, who committed suicide just after Tagore’s marriage.
Later the story was adapted by renowned Satyajith Ray to his film Charulatha (The Lonely Wife), is set in Calcutta in the late nineteenth century when Bengal Renaissance is at its peak and India under British Rule. It features Soumitra Chatterjee, MadhubaMuhkerjee and Sailen Mukherhee. Here Charu, finds her soul companion as Amal and their relation grows beyond literary friendship and later meets a tragic end.
Here Shruthi Namboodiri, attempts to reinvent the beauty of Ray's cinematic virtuosity by placing the story of Charu and Amal at the time of national emergency in India. Casting is exceptional, Parvathy Menon features as Charu and Hari Narayanan, malayalam lyricist as Amal and Bijipal, prominent music director as Charulata’s husband. The visual representation is beautiful which captures many locations in Calcutta. Parvathy Menon as charu is more than just beautiful, she is portrayed as a bold woman. The lyrics are mesmerising and deep with emotions evoking the mystic beauty of love between Charu and Amal.
The end is a bit loose between reality and fantasy….it’s hard to guess whether Amal is just Charu’s fantasy or real.