The Home And The World

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This graceful film by Ray is as much a tragic love story as an examination of political turmoil in 1908 India. Banerjee stars as a Westernized Hindu maharajah who lives with his wife, Swatilekha Chatterjee, in colonial Bengal. Political tension grows when Lord Curzon, the British governor-general of India, enacts a plan to "divide and rule" Hindus and Muslims...read more

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This graceful film by Ray is as much a tragic love story as an examination of political turmoil in 1908 India. Banerjee stars as a Westernized Hindu maharajah who lives with his wife, Swatilekha Chatterjee, in colonial Bengal. Political tension grows when Lord Curzon, the British

governor-general of India, enacts a plan to "divide and rule" Hindus and Muslims through the partition of Bengal. Because of the resulting unrest, Soumitra Chatterjee, a fiery rebel and friend of Banerjee, pays a visit to the town. Not convinced that his wife truly loves him, Banerjee encourages

his wife to come out of purdah (orthodox seclusion) to meet other men, namely his rebellious friend. If she remains faithful after having met others, Banerjee reasons, he can be certain of her love. His plan backfires, however, when his wife falls in love with the rebel.

What's more, political differences arise between the two men. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Tagore, THE HOME AND THE WORLD was to have come to the screen 30 years earlier as Ray's first film. Tagore, a friend of Ray's family, had published his book in 1919 to much acclaim; Ray

read the book as a youth and wrote a screenplay based on it. It wasn't until 1980, however, that the great Indian filmmaker returned to the project.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
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