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From Kahaani To Vicky Donor: 5 Bollywood & Bengali Films Centred Around Durga Pujo

Here are five films both Bollywood and Bengali set in the backdrop of Durga pujo or used the festival as a metaphor.
  • Namrata Ganguly
  • Editorial
Published -15 Sep 2022, 17:46 ISTUpdated -17 Sep 2022, 12:57 IST
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With Durga Pujo right around the corner, beginning on September 25 and ending on October 4, here is a list of Hindi and Bengali films that are centred around Durga Pujo or used the festival as a metaphor. Order your favourite food and watch these to get into the spirit of the season.

Kahaani (2012)

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Durga Pujo plays an important role in the 2012 Hindi thriller film Kahaani’s climax. The film stars Vidya Balan in the lead.  The festival not only acts as a backdrop for a pivotal sequence but is also a metaphor. Throughout the film we see Kolkata preparing for Durga Pujo through Sujoy Ghosh’s lens and the film’s climax is set on Vijaya Dashami (last day of Durga Pujo). 

Parineeta (2005)

Another film adapted from Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name is the 2005 Hindi film Parineeta starring Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, and Sanjay Dutt. Set in Kolkata, this Pradeep Sarkar directorial delves deep into Bengali culture with a whole sequence of Dutt doing the famous dhunuchi dance and Balan features in an iconic red border white saree. 

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Utsab (2000)

The 2000 Bengali family drama film, Utsab is a drama film directed by the late National award-winning filmmaker Rituparna Ghos. The film features an ensemble cast of actors Madhabi Mukherjee, Mamata Shankar, Rituparna Sengupta, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Pradip Mukherjee, Deepankar De, and Arpita Pal. Using Durgapujo as the backdrop, the Mukherjee family reunites as the film focuses on the emotional turmoil of the family members, each with their own individual problems to deal with, as talks begin for selling their ancestral home.

Antarmahal (2005)


Yet another Ghosh directorial is the 2005 Bengali film Antarmahal starring Roopa Ganguly, Soha Ali Khan and Jackie Shroff in lead, and Abhishek Bachchan, Sumanta Mukherjee and Biswajit Chakraborty in pivotal roles. Based on the short story Pratima by Bengali author Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Antarmahal is set in Bengal at the end of the 19th century. While Shroff plays a rich and oppressive zamindar named Bhubaneswar Chowdhury, who marries another woman (Khan) after his first wife (Ganguly) fails to give him an heir. The story shows the extent the zamindar goes in his pursuit of a son, the ego struggle between the two wives and the zamindar’s plan to sculpt a unique clay idol of Goddess Durga.

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Bela Seshe (2015)


The 2015 Bengali drama film Bela Seshe stars late actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta as an elderly couple. Directed by Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee, the film shows the entire family reuniting at their ancestral home with their own emotional baggage during Durgapujo. They are taken aback when 75-year-old Biswanath Majumdar (Soumitra Chatterjee) announces that he has decided to divorce his 66-year-old wife Arati (Swatilekha Sengupta). The film also features Rituparna Sengupta, Aparajita Adhya, Monami Ghosh, Indrani Dutta, Sohini Sengupta, Kharaj Mukherjee, Shankar Chakraborty, Anindya Chatterjee, Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, Barun Chanda and Sohag Sen in pivotal roles.

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