The Enigma of ‘Departure’

Vishnupriya Sengupta

in Filming Fiction

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780198075936
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081851 | DOI:
The Enigma of ‘Departure’

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An apparent shadow falls between Rabindranath Tagore's ‘Noshto Neerh’ (1901) and Satyajit Ray's Charulata (1964). ‘Noshto Neerh’ focuses more on the domestic sphere as well as the making and subsequent breaking of a home, an act often interpreted to be a woman's prerogative. Charulata focuses on the lonely lady confined to the world within but one who is constantly seeking intellectual stimulation and wants to establish contact with the world without. This chapter examines the enigma of ‘departure’ in ‘Noshto Neerh’ and Charulata. It compares the last shot of the film to Michelangelo's work, The Creation of Adam. Unlike Michelangelo's creation which exudes vitality, however, the gesture by the protagonist Charu is more of an attempt to maintain the status quo and restore the prevalent patriarchal order which does not allow any transgression.

Keywords: Satyajit Ray; Charulata; Noshto Neerh; Rabindranath Tagore; departure; enigma; women; Michelangelo; The Creation of Adam; patriarchal order

Chapter.  2590 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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