Satyajit Ray’s Charulata will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year. It will be one of the 20 movies to be presented as part of Cannes Classics, a section established in 2004 to celebrate old masterpieces that have been digitally restored. Charulata, based on a Tagore story and
starring Ray favourite Soumitra Chatterjee as well as Madhabi Mukherjee and Shailen Mukherjee, won the Silver Bear at Berlin for Direction in 1965.
It was at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival that Ray first won international recognition with his debut feature, Apur Sansar. A restored version of this was also shown at the Festival some years ago; Mrinal Sen’s Khandar was another Indian classic to have been screened in the past with the director himself present there. This year, Cannes Classics will have 20 features and three do