‘Biraj Bahu’ – 1954



Direction : Bimal Roy
Photography : Dilip Gupta
Story : Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Art : Sudhendu Roy
Music : Salil Chowdhury
Screenplay : Nabendu Ghose
Starring : Kamini Kaushal, Abhi Bhattacharya
Production : Hiten Chaudhuri Productions


Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s novel Biraj Bou , juxtaposes two brothers who are opposite in nature – and their wives, who share a common home. Biraj, the wife of the older brother Nilambar , is a paragon of beauty and virtue. Her immense confidence comes from the fact, that she is adored by her husband. Over property matters the two brothers fall out. Nilambar, the dreamer, is also a singer at funerals or festivals. He can barely keep body and soul together. Biraj supports him by making dolls. Her brilliant beauty shines through the tattered rags attracting the crafty, young zamindar. One night, she is abducted by him. Nilambar is heart broken but helpless. Biraj is later cast aside by the zamindar. After great hardship, and failing health she finds her way home. Biraj dies in peace, with the assurance that Nilambar’s love for her had never changed.

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