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Ashalata and Binodini refer to each other as Chokher Bali. The film was later dubbed into Hindi and was released internationally in that language. Upon release, Chokher Bali met with positive critical and box office reception.
Binodini is a young girl who is left to her own devices when her sickly husband dies soon after their marriage. She returns to her village and lives there for a couple of months until she sees one of her aunts passing by.
Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore
Binodini hails the woman and her two sons agree that it would be best if Binodini came to live with the choher and her son, Mahendra. But that son, Mahendra, was one of the first to see Binodini’s photo when she was propsed as a prospective wife for him, yet refused her on account of his being “unready for marriage.
This infatuation does not last long, however, and Mahendra soon begins to see that Binodini is more his type. Mahendra chokhfr Binodini, start an affair, and this is soon revealed to Ashalata, who, unaware of her pregnancy, leaves for Kashi. Binodini, after realizing that Mahendra is self-obsessed, leaves Mahendra’s house.
She pleads with Behari to marry her, but Behari, true to his values, rejects her offer. Binodini leaves the chokjer for her village. She writes a letter to Behari that she’ll be waiting for him in Kashi. As she is leaving for Kashi, Mahendra comes to mend their relations, which she refuses. Instead she makes him promise to take her to Behari. At Kashi, Binodini meets Behari who, after some incidents, agrees to marry her.
On the day of marriage Binodini vanishes, leaving a letter for Asha. The story details the lives of these three and Mahendra’s best friend as they deal with bovel such as distrust, adultery, lies, and falling-out. The film’s background score is by Debojyoti Mishra and, notably, it contains no playback singing. In olden days in Bengal, women and girls who were nobel friends would often set a common nickname for themselves and address each other by that name. In this story, two friends Binodini and Ashalata call each other ‘Chokher Bali.
Aishwarya has given one of her finest performances and one of the best in cinema.
He found the cinematography to be beautiful and was pleased that the singing was not lip synched. However, he said that the “dubbing leaves much to be desired” and would have preferred a different director dub it in Hindi. He also noted that the film appeals “to a niche audience due to its periodic settings and ideologies. The film was declared a hit at the box office.
Chokher Bali (novel) – Wikipedia
Shrikant Mohta Mahendra Soni. Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore.
Mahendra Soni Shrikanth Mohta.