The Bengali loves his ghosts. Ghost stories, ghost films or haunted houses have always been popular. Ghosts are in Bengali folk tales and fairy tales. Furthermore a part of Bengali literature is penned in supernatural and haunted stories as well.
Bidyasagar, Tagore, Premendra Mitra, Sukumar and Satyajit Ray, Parashuram, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Leela Majumdar, Sunil Gangopadhyay and many more. All have had their share of ghost stories. We simply love Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay for his wonderful ghosts.
Let us see some of the ghost films that haunted the spectators in Bengali cinema.
The first Bengali horror film. Released in 1950, it is also hailed as one of the most thrilling horror films of Bengali cinema. It was directed by Naresh Mitra who also acted in the film. The main cast was Dhiraj Bhattacharya, Jiben Bose, Rabi Ray and Sisir Batabyal.
Talk of reciting a ghost story to a ghost! Only the maestro Rabindranath Tagore can create something so ingenious.
Directed by Satyajit Ray as part of Teen Kanya, it is a gripping tragedy. Phanibhusan’s wife Manimalika is too attached to her jewels. She was so attached that she would go away from her loving husband to keep her jewels.
One day Phanibhushan finds her truly missing with the ornaments. The end was the unexpected best.
Based on Tagore’s story, directed by Tapan Sinha. It seems Tagore excelled in understanding the mind of not only humans but also the humans who are past. Khudito Pashan is a one-of-a-kind film. This is more than just a haunted film, it is also a love story. A tragic drama. Soumitra looks like the timeless lover and Arundhati Devi, the loveliest ghost.
Goopy Gayne Bagha Baine
Bhooter Raja rules! He is the best ghost of the whole race of ghosts. No one comes close to his compassion and taste. No one is kinder. There would have been no Goopy Bagha without him. Our salutation to Bhooter Raja!
The list will remain incomplete without this film. Here we see the pasts in the present thinking about their future. If you did not get it, you have not seen this film. We cannot tell you in words what a beautiful masterpiece it is. After watching this, you will fall in love with these ghosts for sure.