Raise your hand if you too think 2020 should make an exit ASAP. The pandemic, natural calamities, chaos and confusion over what the future will behold, coupled with more than two months of lockdown have taken mental peace out of the dictionary for most of us. So, if you are tired of living your life in auto mode – sleep, work, cook, watch random shows online, sleep, and repeat – then this list is meant for you.
Here I have curated 5 classic Bengali movies that will transport you to the simpler times. Do binge-watch this weekend and get back your long lost mental peace. And the credit goes to ZEE5 🙂
- Arogya Niketan – An allopathic doctor named Pradyut Sen (Subhendu Chatterjee) comes to Nabagram village to start his medical practice. He is a man who believes in modern medical science. Upon arriving in the village he comes to know about Jibon Moshai (Bikash Roy) – a successful ayurvedic doctor. The movie revolves around the moral clashes between the two men.
Based on a novel of the same name by Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, this movie was directed by Bijoy Bose and featured Sandhya Roy, Chaya Devi and Rima Guha Thakurta as lead characters. It won a National Film award for Best Feature Film in Bengali.
2. Samadhan – The story revolves around three men named Harihar, Badal and Sajal. They belong from different conditions and on their individual paths of struggle. Harihar is an honest man, struggles to find means of living. Badal gets into smuggling to end his poverty and Sajal takes up the job of a taxi driver to make his ends meet.
Made in 1980 and directed by Jayanta Basu, the movie has Chabi Biswas in the lead role.
3.Palatak – Basanta (Anup Kumar) is a bohemian man. He has the habit of leaving home without telling anyone. One day – unaware that his wife is pregnant – he again leaves for an unknown journey.
Directed by Tarun Majumdar, the movie has Sandhya Roy, Anubha Gupta and Ruma Guha Thakurta in the lead roles.
4.Tapasya – If you liked Tapas Pal in his younger days, don’t miss this 1993 drama. Here he is paired with Indrani Haldar, along with Subhendu Chatterjee, Sumitra Chatterjee, and Anup Kumar.
5. Salma Sundari – Here’s another classic drama for the Anup Kumar fans in the house. Made in 1984, Salma Sundari has Anup Kumar, Lily Chakravorty, Dipankar Dey and Uttam Mohanty in the lead roles.
All of these classic Bengali movies you can watch for free only on ZEE5, along with many other genres of your choice. Go check them out, grab a snack box and binge-watch!
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