A still from Bou Thakuranir Haat (1953) DVD Release
Published in 1883, Bou Thakuranir Hat
holds the distinction of the first novel written by Rabindranath
Tagore, the nobel-prize winning Bengali writer, composer, poet and
artist. Tagore revisited the plot multiple times - his later plays Prayaschitto (1909) and Paritran (1929) have roots in Bou Thakuranir Hat. His hero Pratapaditya in the novel has been described as an antagonist more than a protagonist by Tagore himself.
Channel-B has released director Naresh Mitra's 1953 film
adapted from Tagore's novel in DVD format. The black-and-white classic
starred Uttam Kumar, Pahadi Sanyal, Nitish Mukherjee, Padma Devi, Manju
Dey, Sombhu Mitra, Bhanu Bannerjee, Satya Bannerjee and others. Music
was directed by Dwijen Chowdhury.
The DVD features subtitles in
English and is available worldwide via Washington Bangla Radio's
affiliate from Kolkata, for the price of (at the time of writing) a
meager $7.12. The Bengali DVD release is shipped worldwide, including
North America (USA-Canada) and is available in NTSC format.
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