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Ghare Baire (The Home and the World)
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Written by Satyajit Ray, from a story by Rabindranath Tagore
Starring Swatilekha Chatterjee (Sengupta),
Victor Banerjee,
Jennifer Kendal,
Soumitra Chatterjee
Release date(s) 1984
Running time 140 min
Language Bengali

Ghare Baire (The Home and the World) is a 1984 film by Bengali director Satyajit Ray, based upon the novel Ghare Baire (The Home and the World) by Rabindranath Tagore. It features Soumitra Chatterjee, Victor Banerjee , Jennifer Kendal and Swatilekha Chatterjee, married Sengupta. Ray prepared a script for it in the 1940s, long before he made his first film Pather Panchali. It deals with a subject that has often appeared in Ray's work; the emancipation of women, and what it does to them and to the men who love them. [1] The film was in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Plot synopsis

The story is set in early 20th century India in the estate of the rich Bengali noble Nikhil (Victor Banerjee), and in the chaotic aftermath of Lord Curzon's partition of Bengal into Muslim and Hindu states, when the nationalist movement is trying to impose a boycott against all foreign goods (by claiming that imports are at the root of Indian poverty). He lives happily with his beautiful wife Bimala (Swatilekha Sengupta) until the appearance of his friend and radical revolutionist, Sandip, (Soumitra Chatterjee, the Apu of The World of Apu and a principal actor in many Ray films).

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Sandip, a passionate and active man, is a contradiction to the peace - loving and somewhat passive Nikhil. He easily attracts the innocent and unsuspecting Bimala, creating a love triangle.

Although Nikhilesh figures out what is happening, he is a mature person and grants Bimala the freedom to grow and choose what she wants in life (as their marriage was arranged when she was a young girl). Meanwhile Bimala experiences the emotions of love for the first time in a manner which helps her understand that it is indeed her husband Nikhilesh who really loves her.

Importantly, Nikhilesh tells Bimala that he would like her to have a life not only inside the home, but outside of it as well; which was a most controversial matter when the novel was written . "Toward the end, Bimala, who was [encouraged] into independence by her husband, becomes desperate to express that independence - recklessly, heedlessly. When it comes to truthfulnesss about women's lives, this great Indian moviemaker Satyajit Ray shames the American and European directors of both sexes." [3]


  • Soumitra Chatterjee ... Sandip Mukherjee
  • Victor Banerjee ... Nikhilesh Choudhury
  • Swatilekha Sengupta... Bimala Choudhury
  • Gopa Aich ... The sister-in-law
  • Jennifer Kendal ... Miss Gilby (as Jennifer Kapoor)
  • Manoj Mitra... Headmaster
  • Indrapramit Roy ... Amulya
  • Bimala Chatterjee ... Kulada


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