Words will never be enough to express the colossal importance of the song Ami Chini Go Chini from the film Charulata. Such a song and such a movie will never be created again because it is the rarest of the rare that we see so many legends together in one place.
Rabindranath Tagore and Satyajit Ray need no introduction. Soumitra Chattopadhyay is the master hands down and Kishore Kumar will live in our hearts forever. One should also mention the superb acting of Madhabi Mukherjee in Charulata which has remained a landmark in Indian and international cinema.
If we truly understood the magnitude of this magical feat in the form of this song, our hearts would be full of appreciation and humility, for we are lucky to witness such a magnum opus.
Enjoy this Ami Chini Go Chini version in Kishore Kumar’s lips.
The movie Charulata (The Lonely Wife) was released in 1964 and it was stated by Ray as one of his favourite films that he had made. Even after half a century, it is considered as one of the finest films ever made in the history of Indian cinema. Charulata had won wide critical praise in the international arena. Ami Chini Go Chini from this film is one of the landmark songs in Bengali cinema.
Charulata won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival in 1965 and the Golden Lotus Award for Best Film at the National Film Awards (India) in 1965.
Director Satyajit Ray’s Charaulata was based upon the short story Nastanirh by Rabindranath Tagore, in English it is called as the ‘The Broken Nest’.
As per Wikipedia, in Sight and Sound, Penelope Houston praised the film, stating that “the interplay of sophistication and simplicity is extraordinary”.
A New York Times review said that the film “moved like a majestic snail, as do all Ray films”.
Charulata, the protagonist is played by Madhabi Mukherjee and Shailen Mukherjee is her husband in the role of Bhupati Dutta. Bhupati runs the newspaper ‘Sentinel’ and as his life is trapped in his work, he is unable to spend time with his wife, leaving Charulata the lonely wife at home. Bhupati asks his amiable cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee) to give her company. Amal is also a writer and it seems like a good idea for him to help her in her writings as well.
Charulata finds more meaning in Amal’s company and she stops missing her husband eventually. Craving for Amal’s company more, she starts to fall for him. Amal feels the same but is unable to admit and leaves abruptly leaving Charulata forlorn. The climax is a cornucopia of grief, disappointment and heartbreak for Charulata and Bhupati as they face the unsolvable situation and step into their feigned compromise.
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