Bring Ray’s Charulata on and it will give any film a run for their money. Since its release in 1964 till today, it has won hearts hands down. It has conquered the hearts of film lovers nationally and internationally.
But what is it about Charulata?
Only if there was one! Probably one could write a book on its praise.
To start with, it is the masterpiece stroke of a maestro. What Monalisa is to Da Vinci, Charulata is to Satyajit Ray. If you want to see a good film complete with the brilliant direction and screenplay, Charulata it is for you. If you want to see how to really act, see Soumitra Chattopadhaya and Madhabi Mukherjee. This film was made in those times where shooting and editing equipments almost nil by today’s standards. At the time Charulata was made, it was still the black and white era. Yes, it was that time Charulata was made and it peerlessly stands among the giants of best films ever made.
Then is the story. The plot is based upon the story Nastanirh by the great Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore was a master at rendering the emotions of the heart.
Another bonus of this film is the background music, given by the same master Satyajit Ray.
But what is most beautiful about Charulata is this song Fule Fule Dhole Dhole. This is camerawork at its best. See it for yourself.
On top of that, the song has no music. The melody of the voice and the swing work all the magic. We seriously mean it when we say that no other song has ever been made better.
Here is the song Fule Fule Dhole Dhole from Charulata for the connoisseurs.
Phule phule dhole dhole, bohey kibaa mridu baae
Totini hillolo tuli, kollole choliya jaae
Piko kibaa kunjey kunjey, Piko kibaa kunjey kunjey
Kuhuhu kuhuhu kuhuhu gaae
Ki jaani kishero laagi, praano kore haae-haae
Two Tagore songs have been played in Charulata. One is Ami chini go chini tomare and another is Fule fule. The excellent execution of both by Ray has raised the mettle of the film by hundredfold.