Basic Info
  1. Alternative Title: The Lonely Wife
  2. Year: 1964; Language: Bengali; Runtime: 117 min; Color: Black and White
  3. Studio: R.D.B.
  4. Producer: R.D. Bansal; Writer: Satyajit Ray, Rabindranath Tagore; Cinematographer: Subrata Mitra; Composer: Satyajit Ray
  5. Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Sailen Mukherjee, Shyamal Ghosal, Gitali Roy, Bholanath Koyal, Suku Mukherjee, Dilip Bose, Subrata Sen Sharma, Joydeb, Bankim Ghosh
Satyajit Ray’s exquisite story of a woman’s artistic and romantic yearning takes place in late nineteenth-century, pre-independence India, in the gracious home of a liberal-minded, workaholic newspaper editor and his lonely wife, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee). When her husband’s poet cousin (Soumitra Chatterjee) comes to stay with them, Charulata finds herself both creatively inspired and dangerously drawn to him. Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice. – Criterion Collection
Interesting links
  1. Review on
  2. Essay by Philip Kemp on Criterion
  3. Review on Firstpost by Dakshinamurthy
  4. Lessons in Cinema: Satyajit Ray’s Charulata  – Introductory lecture by Dr. James Rowlins given at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Where to watch/buy?
  1. On YouTube with English Subtitles; Max 360p;
  2. On YouTube without Subtitles; Max 720p;