Unishe April (1994)

 ●  Bengali ● 2 hrs 18 mins

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Ghosh’s second feature, a major success, is an Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman, 1978) type melodrama focussing on the differences between a famous mother, the dancer Sarojini (Sen), and her daughter Aditi (Roy), a medical student in Delhi. The daughter, as was her doctor father before her, is unable to handle her mother’s sense of independence and fame. Most of the film takes place in a single night in Calcutta as the daughter tries to commit suicide on the anniversary of her father’s death. A barrage of dialogue - devoted to showing two major Bengali female stars, Sen and Roy, locked in a histrionic duel - ends only when the two become reconciled, not through any resolution of the major issues involved in their problems, but by reconfirming the filial bond. The film marked a departure from the dominant melodramas of the time which were geared to addressing, in the industry’s terms, ‘female and rural’ audiences rather than the urban middle class habituated to ‘modernising’ television drama.
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Cast: Aparna Sen, Debashree Roy, Dipankar Dey

Crew: Rituparno Ghosh (Director), Sunirmal Majumdar (Director of Photography), Jyotishka Dasgupta (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1994 (India)

Bengali Name: উনিশে এপ্রিল

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Bengali
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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