Film Preview: Agnidev Chatterjee's CHARULATA 2011 (Journals of A Lonely Wife) Bengali Movie Gears up for Release

Rituparna Sengupta, Arjun Chakraborty and the Apple iPad in Charulata 2011
Rituparna Sengupta, Arjun Chakraborty and the Apple iPad in Charulata 2011

Calcutta, Feb 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Director Agnidev Chatterjee portrays the story of a lonely woman's quest for companionship set in a modern social networking context in the Bengali film Charulata 2011. The film is presented by SPS Arts & Entertainment Ltd of Kolkata.

About the star cast, the film features Rituparna Sengupta as Chaiti, Arjun Chakraborty (WBRi Interview) as Bikramjit, Dibyendu Mukherjee as Sanjoy and Kaushik Sen as Utpal, Dolon Roy as Keya and Rii as Arnobi in leading roles, along with Chanda Chatterjee as Mira, Priya Pal as Pushpo, Dr. Dipanwita Hazari as a gynecologist and Nandan Bagchi as a priest.

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Official Synopsis


Trailer: CHARULATA 2011

The marriage of Bikramjit and Chaiti Bose has survived the shattering experience of a miscarriage. Today she is pregnant again, yet both know that they are drifting apart. Bikramjit’s consistent assurance to her that there is always something interesting waiting to happen is exactly what takes place. Promoted to Editor-in-chief of a leading daily Bikramjit has even lesser time left to spend with her, driving her to greater loneliness and frustration. The Computer offers refuge from boredom, and innocent games of solitude chatting harmlessly with relatives and friends overseas. Without even realizing she gets hooked on to chatting with unknown strangers, eager to communicate. In the process, Chaiti discovered another side of herself, Charulata 2011.

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Soon, cyberspace becomes her private domain, where she meets Amal, the man of her dreams. Charulata’s Amal. Exchanges of pleasantries soon turn to friendship, tottering on the dangerous fringe of a serious relationship. Yet she has never met Amal, nor seen his photograph. Chaiti is plagued by guilt that deepens as she goes through her second miscarriage. This is punishment, she feels, for her misdeeds, and shuts herself out completely from both worlds. The computer is left untouched for a month.

With his wife deteriorating by the day Bikramjit sends for his brother-in-law, Utpal and his wife Keya, already planning their summer vacation in Kolkata. When the two arrive as planned, Bikramjit finds someone to talk to after his long hours at work, and Chaiti gets a shoulder to cry upon. Bikramjit also becomes a sucker for Utpal’s mutual fund investments. Soon Chaiti is bored with Keya’s non-stop jabbering and goes back to solitaire on the screen, where she is tempted to log in. She finds hundreds of emails for her sent by Amal from London. The last one mentions his plans to spend summer in Kolkata. Amal logs in as she is about to log off, and their chat ends in a desire to meet each other, at least once. She drives to the airport to pick him up, and they spend the day together. Events escalate towards evening, and they end up having sex.

The sudden impulse cannot transcend into love. Both dismiss it as a physical urge, a one-time affair they promise to forget as soon as they leave the bachelor pad of one of Chaiti’s friends. When they part ways with a final hug, they swear never to see each other or keep in touch, even over the net. Back home later in the evening she finds a party is expected to begin at home, to celebrate the arrival of Sanju, Bikramjit’s cousin. When Chaiti’s freshens up and joins the crowd she is introduced to Sanju by her husband. Chaiti’s is shocked to find that Sanju is none other than the equally shocked and surprised Amal.

Sanju proves to be a perfect companion for Chaiti’s loneliness. Bikramjit only encourages him to spend more time with Chaiti’s and help her with a dissertation that she is writing. Even before she can realize and evaluate what has happened in her life, Chaiti is inexorably drawn towards Sanju and they end up having a passionate clandestine affair. At this point, Utpal and his wife leave suddenly, and Bikramjit realizes he has been swindled of a substantial amount of his savings on the pretext of investing in mutual funds. Bikramjit, totally disillusioned by the betrayal of faith, can confide only in the one man he can still trusts, his dear cousin Sanju.

His own betrayal of Bikramjit’s trust only intensifies Sanju feelings of guilt, leaving him more degraded morally than Utpal. Unable to come to terms with his own contradictions, Sanju chooses to escape, leaving the house in remorse, telling no one, not even Chaiti. The next morning, when Sanju’s unexplained and sudden escape is discovered, Chaiti is heartbroken by his betrayal. Deeply disturbed, Bikramjit forces himself to take a week’s vacation to a seaside resort. Husband and wife rediscover themselves, their love for each other is blossoms again, and the flames of passion rekindled. After a long time they make love. Next morning Chaiti realizes she is pregnant. But months pass before Chaiti announces her pregnancy. For a delighted Bikramjit there is the reaffirmation of his belief that “there is always something interesting waiting to happen”...

What happens next.......the film races on towards an unexpected climax. Will Bikram know the truth about his adulterous wife. Will Charuu's marriage ultimately survive?

Crew

Line Producer

  • Anjan Banerjee
  • Debanjana Roy

Costume Design

  • Sudipa Mukhopadhyay

Production Design

  • Agnidev Chatterjee

Lyrics

  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Srijato
  • Q
  • Saikat kundu

Playback

  • Ustad Rashid Khan
  • Rupankar
  • Shubhomita
  • Dibyendu Mukherjee
  • Sudipto Gayen
  • Sudipa Mukhopadhyay

Re-recording

  • Ayon Bhattyacharya (Shabdokalpodroom Communications Pvt. Ltd.)

Sound Design

  • Pankaj Sheal (Shabdokalpodroom Communications Pvt. Ltd.)

Colourist

  • Debojyoti Ghosh (Edit Fx)

Editing

  • Santanu Mukherjee

Director Of Photography

  • Sirsha Roy

Screenplay & Dialogue

  • Sudipa Mukhopadhyay

Music

  • Indradip Dasgupta

Associate Producer

  • Sonali Vohra
  • Piyali Bhattacharya

Produced By

  • Bipin Kumar Vohra

Directed By

  • Agnidev Chatterjee
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