- Actors: Soumitra Chatterjee, Swatilekha Sengupta, Rituparna Sengupta, Aparajita Auddy, Monami Ghosh
- Directors: Nandita Roy, Shiboprosad Mukherjee
- Language: Bengali
- Region: All Regions
- Studio: Shradha
- Run Time: 141 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- ASIN: B016IGFYEG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,382 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Bela Seshe - In the Autum of My Life
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Description for Bela Seshe - In the Autum of My Life
After a year of the success of Ramdhanu, directors Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee return with an untold tale of love starring none other than Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta. After 30 years, the celebrated couple of Satyajit Ray's 'Ghare Baire' returns to magically unfold the story of a common aged couple with an uncommon twist. Visit your nearest theaters this May to go on a journey with the characters of Belashese who are just like you and me with just an unique story of love.
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Belaseshe is the story of an old couple aptly played by veteran actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Swatilekha Sengupta where the husband decides to separate from his wife after having been married for more than 49 years. The reason for the divorce (though not clearly specified in the movie) is because the husband has no feelings left for his wife.
They have three daughters and one son and all of them are having marital problems of their own. But Belaseshe is not about their sons and daughters, it’s about the elderly couple who decide to separate at such an age, a rare phenomenon even by Indian standards. The members of the family can’t digest it and ask them to spend a week together at Shantiniketan so as to reconsider the matter. However Swatilekha won’t travel without her family and so the whole family movies together to Shantiniketan. Unknown to them their family members decide to install a camera in their bedroom so as to extract the real reason for their separation.
The week spent together brings the couple emotionally closer. It would be too easy for me to say that they discuss their grievances with each other and sort them out, it’s not like that, the movie is much more deeper in making one understand the intricacies of marriage and the complete interdependence on each other. After the initial years of love and infatuation are over the little sacrifices made for rearing up the kids, household chores, family functions, schooling of kids etc take prominence over the time required to be spent with each other, your own likes and dislikes, expressions of love, promises and expectations. The underlying them of Belaseshe is that love towards each other may not get explicitly mentioned but when you are in each other’s prayers, when you are taking care of your family, earning your daily bread, helping each other indirectly to move forward for a better tomorrow then that itself is a manifestation of true love and lifelong companionship however odd it may appear to be on the face of it.
There is a particular scene which I have to mention, during a family game Swatilekha mentions that her favourite actor is Uttam Kumar, later when Soumitra asks her that isn’t Soumitra Chatterjee her favourite actor she replies in the negative and says she prefers Uttam over Soumitra. I just couldn’t control my laughter, whoever thought of this particular scene underlying the rivalry of the two prominent stars of Bengali cinema deserves to be applauded. The storywriters, director and lead actors all deserve a standing ovation. It appeared that Soumitra and Swatilekha are husband and wife in real life and I wasn’t watching an enactment but a real life story. Belaseshe has several scenes which will touch your heart and moisten your eyes.
Belaseshe is a movie all married people should watch and watch it together, I guess newlyweds may not be able to fully grasp its true meaning but those with kids will. This is perhaps one of the most difficult movies to be reviewed but it had to be done because of two reasons, firstly it was recommended by a dear school friend who shares my concept of what qualifies to be called a good movie and secondly it would have been a crime not to review such a priceless gem. The learned ones were right all along, marriage is infact "holy matrimony".