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Branches of the Tree (1990)

Shakha Proshakha (original title)
Four brothers converge around an ailing father.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Satyajit Ray (screenplay), Satyajit Ray (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ajit Banerjee Ajit Banerjee ... Ananda Majumdar (as Ajit Bandyopadhyay)
Haradhan Bannerjee ... Probodh (as Haradhan Bandyopadhyay)
Soumitra Chatterjee ... Prasahnto (as Soumitra Chattopadhyay)
Dipankar Dey ... Probir (as Depankar De)
Ranjit Mallick ... Protap
Lily Chakravarty ... Uma
Mamata Shankar ... Tapati
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Soham Chakraborty ... (as Shriman Soham Chakraborty)
Promode Ganguly Promode Ganguly
Bhishma Guhathakurta Bhishma Guhathakurta
Sunil Gupta Kabiraj Sunil Gupta Kabiraj
Soven Lahiri Soven Lahiri
Tarun Mitra Tarun Mitra
Ashok Mukherjee Ashok Mukherjee ... (as Ashok Mukhopadhyay)
Kamu Mukherjee Kamu Mukherjee ... (as Kamu Mukhopadhyay)
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An aged patriarch (Ajit Bannerjee), popular for his scrupulous honesty, has a heart attack in the middle of a town gathering in his honour. The event brings togehter his four sons, of which the second Proshanto (Soumitra) has been in reclusive insanity for several years after a shock incident years ago. Waiting for closure on the father's health situation, the four reminisce and relive ideological differences. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Country:

India | France | UK

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

21 August 1991 (France) See more »

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The Branches of the Tree See more »

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Mono

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Color
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String Quartet in F major, Op.59 No. 1 -
Rasumovsky No. 1" Allegretto Vivace, Sempre Scherzando"
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A great one from the master
9 May 2006 | by samratrc1417See all my reviews

This is one of Satyajit Ray's movies shot and released just before he died. Starring Ray regulars who I can say are the Brandos and Pacinos of Bengali cinema this film is one of a kind – Deep and intellectual. It is a story of a family who was hastily assembled together in a colonial mansion by the deathbed of its patriarch who has suffered from a heart attack. The father is an idealist who was a freedom fighter and still is active in politics hoping that something could be done to correct the path the country (India) has taken (post independence) and stem the rot that had set in society. Gathered by his side are his sons who have all carved a distinct path through the maze we call society. Yes! They are successful. But his sense of failure comes from the fact his ideals and values have not seeped into the conscience of his off springs. The film shows the audience why and how that happened. Ultimately it's all about the rot that has set in the moral fabric of his family and his feeling how can he correct the society if he can't instill the same values in his family? This ultimately contributes to his sorrow, frustration and finally his death.

Had this film been a Hollywood project helmed by a A listed director and starring A listed actors this surely would have dominated the Oscars that year. The development of the story is brilliant and so is the direction (its Ray for crissakes) but people who don't like slow moving artsy movies won't share my sentiments. That's for sure. But for connoisseurs of Ray it's a classy picture. Do yourself a favor. Watch it!


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