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The Lonely Wife (Charulata)

DFI Cinema

/ Feature Narrative / India / 1964 / 120 min / Black & White / DCP
In Bengali / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.

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‘Charulata’ tells the story of Charu, a lonely housewife who lives a secluded and idle life in 1870s Calcutta. Her wealthy husband Bhupati, runs a newspaper and spends a lot more time at work than he does at home with his wife. On noticing Charu’s loneliness, Bhupati asks his cousin Amal to keep her company. A writer, Amal helps Charu with her own writing, but after some time, Charu and Amal's feelings for each other move beyond those of a mentoring relationship. Unwilling to betray his cousin's trust, Amal abruptly leaves and, after Charu submits to her disappointment, there is nothing left for the forsaken woman and her humiliated husband but to forge a contrived reconciliation.

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