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aka The Storm 1979 132’ col Bengali d/s/co-lyr Utpal Dutt pc West Bengal Govt co-lyr Jyotirindranath Tagore, Henry Derozio c Dinen Gupta m Prasanta Bhattacharya lp Ujjal Sengupta, Indrani Mukherjee, Sagarika Adhikari, Kaushik Bannerjee, Robi Ghosh, Utpal Dutt

The noted leftist theatre director and film star’s tale about the introduction of Western-style rationalism in Bengal in 1829 and its conflicts with religious and traditional reaction. The focus of the plot is the Hindu College in which the Portuguese Indian Henry Derozio (Sengupta) taught, and his students, members of the Young Bengal movement, who save a woman from the sati ritual. The students lose their battle against obscurantist authorities and Derozio is sacked, but the initial impetus for change has been given. Dutt himself, in conflict with his own political reputation, played the orthodox Hindu leader Radhakanta Deb. The film is edited by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.