Bangla cinema is one of the notable genres of cinema, which is still leaving an imprint of Bengali culture around the globe. This genre of cinema includes a diversified collection of movies, which is suitable for all kinds of people to watch.
Just like Bollywood, Hollywood, the Bengali industry cinema, or Tollywood, it gains popularity from all around the world. All Bangla movies revolve around the stories from Bangladesh and West Bengal. Notable directors like Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, etc. changed the face of Bangla movies, using different forms of cinema by getting inspired by other countries. Although Bangla movies are not highly popular, they’ve been gaining the attention of cinema lovers globally. Here are some Bangla movies that are highly recommended.
The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali, The World of Apu, Charulata
This trilogy has left a forever impact for every cinephile around the globe. Filmmaker maestro, Satyajit Ray, was the first one to bring up a neo-realist film among the audiences of Bengal.
He was inspired by Vittorio de Sica’s film ‘The Bicycle Thieves.’ It was an Italian Neorealism film, which dealt with an on-location shoot, common people as actors, child actors, and stories that depicted the aftermath of war on working-class people. Here. in this trilogy, Satyajit Ray showed about the protagonist’s life and how his world turned when he grew up. It is based on the novel ‘Pather Panchali’ written by Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyay.
A River Called Titas
Ritwik Ghatak was a Marxist director, who showed political reforms and aftermath through his view of cinema.
This movie tells the story of fishermen in Bangladesh. It depicted the scenarios of the working-class people who were suffering from the post-partition of Bengal.
This movie revolves around the story of a dancer whose life turns into difficulties in every phase of life. With her profession and acclamation, she faces troubles from her family, which later her daughter faces too. This movie showed an epitome of two adult women’s life and how they’re professionally personally detached from having a family which deciphered another outlook on the mother-daughter relationship.
Rituparno Ghosh is another notable director of Bangla movies, who tried to showcase the realities of life, with a different perspective.
It is one of the flawless and rib-tickling in recent times of Bangla comedy movies. The story revolves around the group of ghosts, whose future were at stake since old houses and mansions were broken down by the upbringing builders for modernity.
The movie is directed by Anik Datta. It stars Swastika Mukherjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty along with other supporting actors.
Hirak Rajar Deshe
One of the iconic movies Satyajit Ray, under the Goopy Gayne Bagha Bayne series. It is said that Ray made this series for children, but it is centered on all kinds of people.
The movie revolves around the story of Hirak Raja and how he treated his peasants. Utpal Dutta, one of the eminent actors of all time, played the role of Hirak Raja, along with Tapen Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh.