The Festival (2000)

Movie


The Festival (2000)
Utsab (original title)

A family drama which is portrayed on a background of Durgapuja, West Bengal's biggest "Utshob" (Festival). The story is about a cultured Bengali family, different members of which have gathered in native house on the occasion of Durgapuja. This movie remained instrumental in showing different common and complex problems being faced by a middle-class family.
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Information
Release Date2000-03-23
Runtime1h 59mins
GenreDrama, Family
Content Rating
Awards1 win.
CompanyCinemawalla
CountryIndia
LanguageBengali
Pradip Mukherjee
Pradip Mukherjee
Asit
Bodhisattva Mazumdar
Bodhisattva Mazumdar
Nishit
Alakananda Ray
Alakananda Ray
Bonani, Nishit's wife (as Alaknanda Roy)
Anuradha Roy
Anuradha Roy
Monika, Asit's wife
Arun, Keya's husband
Ratul Shankar Ghosh
Ratul Shankar Ghosh
Joy, Parul's son
Shompa, Nishit's daughter
Binit Ranjan Maitra
Binit Ranjan Maitra
Bumba, Asit's son (as Vinit Ranjan Maitra)
Shishir (Special Appearance)

Utsab

Utsab (pronounced: Utshob) (The Festival) (2000) is an Indian Bengali drama film directed by Rituparno Ghosh and stars Madhabi Mukherjee, Mamata Shankar, Rituparna Sengupta, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Pradip Mukherjee, Deepankar De and Arpita Pal. The film focuses on the various emotional currents passing among family and relatives underneath the supposedly festive occasion of Durga Puja.


Plot

This is a family drama which is portrayed on a background of Durgapuja, West Bengal's biggest "Utshob" (Festival). The story is about a cultured Bengali family, different members of which have gathered in native house on the occasion of Durga puja. Bhagbati (Madhabi Mukherjee) has four children; two sons Asit (Pradip Mukherjee), Nishit (Bodhisattva Mazumdar) and two daughters, Parul (Mamata Shankar) and Keya (Rituparna Sengupta). It is the festival time and all the children are at the main house to celebrate the festival. Meanwhile, Shishir, (Deepankar De) a relative who is also a big real estate agent, is interested in buying the house. Most of the family members want to sell the house. The old and traditional house is not a place for everyones interest and they have individual problems to solve with money. None of the sisters are looking forward to the family reunion as they all are more concerned about their own problems.


Cast

  • Madhabi Mukherjee as Bhagabati
  • Mamata Shankar as Parul
  • Rituparna Sengupta as Keya
  • Prosenjit Chatterjee as Arun
  • Arpita Pal as Shompa
  • Pradip Mukherjee as Asit
  • Bodhisattva Mazumdar as Nishit
  • Alokananda Roy as the wife of Asit

Awards

National Film Awards (India)

  • Won - Golden Lotus Award - Best Director - Rituparno Ghosh