( ) (English subtitle: The Desolute
Beach) is a Bengali
by Tapan Sinha
. It was released in 1963.
This movie is an adaptation of the novel with the same name by
eminent Bengali writer Samaresh Basu
who wrote this travelogue under his pen name 'Kalkut'.
The writer is himself the protagonist. He is on his way to Puri by
train where he gets acquinted with a group of 4 Bengali widows
accompanying their niece, also going to Puri. The writer was going
to just get out of his day to day Kolkata life whereas these ladies
were actually going to calm down their niece who had just suffered
a break up with her lover. The rest of the story revolves around
these people and their attraction and involvement with the writer.
The writer is amused with them and for his part tries to calm the
girl. The story guides us around the different relationships the
writer develops with each of the character he meets. The movie
tries to show the social taboos for widows and teaches a wise
philosophy that life is ahead of us and not before. There is a pretty good
description of Puri, Konark and
At the time this movie was shot it was possible for
Tapan Sinha to shot inside the Konark sun temple, also the bullock
cart way to Konark is an extra for the viewer.
The leading 4 ladies of this film -the 4 widows, shared the
National award for best actress in 1963.