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10 Best Bengali Movies You Should Definitely Watch

If you are looking for the best bengali movies then you are in the right place.The list below features a few that would be public choices and also a few that just maybe I like. Here is the list of 10 best bengali movies you should definately watch once in your life, and I am sure you will feel the same once watched.


Pather Panchali (1955)

1. Pather Panchali is a 1955 Indian Bengali-language drama film directed by Satyajit Ray (1921–1992) and produced by the Government of West Bengal. It is based on Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s 1929 Bengali novel of the same name and is Ray’s directorial debut.

The Film based on The life of Apu and his family. Apu, (Subir Banerjee)  is born to a poor Brahmin family in a remote  village called Nischintipur in Bengal. The film features Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Uma Dasgupta and Chunibala Devi.

It is one of the best Bengali movies till now, , it won India’s National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1955, the Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, and several other awards and favorite among  all the Bengali audiences. Source Wikipedia



Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne2. Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969)

Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (Bengali: গুপী গাইন বাঘা বাইন) is a 1969 Indian Bengali comedy film directed by Satyajit Ray and based on a story by his grandfather Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury.

The film actor Goopi and Bagha are two characters who meet in a jungle being banished by the King of their village. They by chance meet the King of Ghosts and he gives them three boons for their simplicity and innocence.

The first film of the Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne series  which was made by Satyajit Ray, which became the longest running movie in the history of Bengal, followed by a couple of sequels – Hirak Rajar Deshe was released in 1980 and Goopy Bagha Phire Elo, written by Ray, but directed by his son Sandip Ray was released in 1992. This movie is one of the best Bengali movies of all time. Source Wikipedia

Apur Sansar (1959)

3. Apur Sansar (1959)

The World of Apu (Bengali: Apur Sansar), directed by Satyajit Ray. It is the third part of The Apu Trilogy, about the childhood and early adulthood of a young Bengali named Apu in the early twentieth century Indian subcontinent.

The film is based on the last two-thirds of the 1932 Bengali novel, Aparajito, by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.

Released in 1959, The World of Apu focuses on Apu’s adult life, and also introduces the actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore, who would go on to appear in many subsequent Ray films.

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and several international awards, including the Sutherland Award for Best Original And Imaginative Film and National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Source wikipedia. Source Wikipedia

Meghe Dhaka Tara

4. Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)

Meghe Dhaka Tara is a 1960 film written and directed by Ritwik Ghatak, based on a social novel by Shaktipada Rajguru with the same title.

The movie is also listed in the book “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”,  it stars Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Gita Dey, Bijan Bhattacharya, Niranjan Roy, and Gyanesh Mukherjee. Source Wikipedia


Heerak Rajar Deshe (1980)

5. Heerak Rajar Deshe (1980)

The sequel to 1969 film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne, Hirak Rajar Deshe and the second installment of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne series directed by Satyajit Ray. The film was followed by the third film of the series directed by Satyajit Ray’s son, Sandip Ray. Source Wikipedia



Charulata (1964)

6. Charulata (1964)

Charulata as The Lonely Wife is a 1964 Indian Bengali drama film by director Satyajit Ray, based upon the novella Nastanirh (“The Broken Nest”) by Rabindranath Tagore. It features Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee and Sailen Mukherjee.

Charulata has been widely considered as one of the finest and best Bengali movies made in the Indian Cinema history and has won critical acclaim overseas as well. Source Wikipedia



7. Sonar Kella

The series is about an Indian detective of Bengali origin. Sonar Kella is a 1971 mystery novel by Bengali writer and filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

In 1974, Ray directed a film adaption of the book, also named Sonar Kella, starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Santosh Dutta, Siddartha Chatterjee and Kushal Chakraborty. The movie was released in the United States as The Golden Fortress. Source Wikipedia


Bhooter Bhabishyat (2012)

8. Bhooter Bhabishyat (2012)

Bhooter Bhabishyat (English: Future of the past or future of ghost) became one of the biggest hits of 2012 among the Bengali movies directed by Anik Dutta. The film is a story of Ghost and meant to be a comic entertainer. The story revolves around a haunted house which is being pulled down and being replaced with a swanky shopping mall. Source Wikipedia


Aranyer Din Raati (1970)

9. Aranyer Din Raati (1970)

Aranyer Din Ratri is an Indian Bengali adventuredrama film released in 1970 and directed by Satyajit Ray. It is based upon the Bengali novel of the same name by Sunil Gangopadhyay. It was one of the earliest films to employ the literary technique of the carnivalesque.

The film was nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 20th Berlin International Film Festival. A sequel Abar Aranye directed by Goutam Ghosh was released in 2003. Source Wikipedia


Neel Akasher Neechey (1959)

 10. Neel Akasher Neechey (1959)

Neel Akasher Neechey is a 1959 Bengali language film directed by Mrinal Sen, starring Kali Bannerjee, Manju Dey, Bikash Roy and others.

Set in the background of the last days of the British Raj in Calcutta, the film explores the lives of a number of characters, including the platonic relationship between an immigrant Chinese wage worker, Wang Lu, and the main female character called Basanti. The film had overt political overtones and was the first film to be banned by the Government of India. Source Wikipedia 

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