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Jadu Bansha

1974 167’ b&w/col Bengali d/sc/co-st/co-dial/m Partha Prathim Choudhury pc Montage Films co-st/co-dial Bimal Kar lyr Atulprasad Sen, Rabindranath Tagore c Krishna Chakraborty, Kanai Das lp Sharmila Tagore, Uttam Kumar, Aparna Sen, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta, Siddhartha Dutta, Dulal Ghosh, Mihir Pal, Robi Ghosh

Modernist critique of decadent rationalism by the former critic and film society organiser Choudhury. A group of young people live in an unnamed, culturally insecure town where they interact with a series of characters e.g. an old shopkeeper (Uttam Kumar) whom they torture and humiliate but who remains their staunchest ally until his death. The self-indulgent style is occasionally interrupted by lively scenes such as the encounter with a deaf politician, the ransacking of a shop and the number picturised on an Atulprasad Sen lyric, Ar kata kal thakbo basey. Aparna Sen played a double role in the film.