Baro Bou

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  • 1987
  • 2 hr 29 min
  • 7.2  (33)

Baro Bou is a Bengali drama film directed by Tapan Sinha and released in 1997. The movie features an ensemble cast including Ranjit Mallick, Subhendu Chatterjee, Haradhan Bannerjee, Mousumi Chatterjee, and others. The film tells the story of a joint family living in a village in rural Bengal. The family consists of several generations, with the patriarch being the octogenarian Sadhan Babu (Haradhan Bannerjee). His eldest son Hemanta (Ranjit Mallick) is a wealthy businessman who lives in the city with his wife (Mousumi Chatterjee) and two children. Hemanta's younger brother Gobinda (Subhendu Chatterjee) is a simple-minded man who lives in the village with his wife and daughter.

The family's peace is disrupted when Hemanta's daughter falls ill and the doctors advise her to get a blood transfusion. However, the family faces a crisis as they discover that none of them have a compatible blood group. The only person who can save the girl's life is her maternal aunt, who is estranged from the family and lives in Kolkata. Hemanta decides to bring his sister back home and requests Gobinda to go with him to Kolkata.

The journey to Kolkata brings out the differences between the two brothers. Hemanta, who has become accustomed to city life, is impatient and quick to anger, while Gobinda is more patient and grounded. As they search for Hemanta's sister, they encounter several obstacles, but eventually, they manage to bring her back to the village.

The family is reunited, but tensions resurface when Gobinda's wife becomes ill, and they need a blood transfusion once again. This time, Hemanta's wife agrees to donate blood, leading to a reconciliation between the two sisters-in-law.

Baro Bou is a heartwarming family drama that explores the complexities of relationships and the importance of unity in times of crisis. The film's strength lies in its realistic portrayal of a joint family and its dynamics, with each character having their own unique personality and quirks. The movie also highlights the everyday struggles faced by people living in rural India, such as the lack of access to medical facilities.

The performances of the cast are top-notch, particularly Ranjit Mallick, who portrays the complexities of his character with ease. Subhendu Chatterjee, as the simple-minded Gobinda, is also a standout, bringing a sense of innocence and honesty to the role. Mousumi Chatterjee, as the estranged sister, delivers a nuanced performance, bringing depth to her character.

Tapan Sinha's direction is subtle and restrained, allowing the story and characters to take center stage. The movie's pacing is excellent, with the narrative never lagging, and the music by Bhupen Hazarika, adds to the movie's emotional resonance.

Overall, Baro Bou is a timeless Bengali classic that explores the intricacies of relationships and the importance of family. It's a movie that will leave you with a warm feeling in your heart and a greater appreciation for the people in your life.

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    2 hr 29 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (33)