Product DetailsThis 1961 collection contains two stories based on the short stories "The Postman" and "Sampati," both written by the renowned Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore. "The Postman" is a charming and poignant look at the life of a poet turned bureaucrat. Nandalal (Anil Chatterjee) leaves his family in Calcutta to work as a postmaster in the smallest of Bengali villages. There he teaches his young servant girl, Ratan (Chandana Banerjee), to read, write, and keep herself clean. When he gets malaria, Ratan nurses him back to health. Nandalal eventually decides that the country life is not for him and leaves his post. Ratan's reaction to his departure is one of the most startlingly honest moments in filmmaking. "The Conclusion" is an equally charming but more complex story. Amulya (Soumitra Chatterjee, star of another Ray masterpiece, Charulata) returns to his village after finishing college in Calcutta. His calculating mother wants to arrange his marriage, but Amulya thinks the girl she has chosen for him is totally unsuitable. He prefers the wild, uninhibited Mrinmoyee (Aparna Das Gupta), whose family has been devastated by a recent flood. Amulya and Mrinmoyee do marry, but their wedding night is a disaster and Amulya leaves in disgrace, vowing not to return until Mrinmoyee asks him to, as a wife should ask her husband. This is a highly unusual and well-drawn story. Look for original footage that Ray later reused as part of the title character's daydream in Charulata.
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