Did you realize that Hollywood star Hugh Grant and Supriya Pathak, aka Hansa from Khichdi, starred in a film collectively? The actor had a big function within the French movie La Nuit Bengali (The Bengali Night). Directed by Nicholas Klotz, the household drama was filmed in Kolkata within the winter of 1987, and in addition starred Soumitra Chatterjee and Shabana Azmi. The movie was launched in 1988. (Also learn: Nana Patekar reacts to Naseeruddin Shah’s comment in opposition to ‘jingoist’ movies like Gadar 2, The Kerala Story)
About the movie
On Thursday Reddit channel Bolly Blinds N Gossip posted a nonetheless from the film, a lot to the shock of followers and cinema lovers. Although many know Supriya as Hansa from the tv present Khichdi, or from her various filmography in Indian movies together with Bazaar, Mirch Masala, Wake Up Sid, Ram Leela, right here is an underrated efficiency by the actor that’s massively underrated.
Supriya performed the function of Gayatri within the movie, which was based mostly on Mircea Eliade’s Romanian-language novel Bengali Nights, printed in 1933. In truth, Supriya even talked about starring reverse Hugh in an interview with DNA again in 2013. “My daughter gets very excited about the fact that I once starred opposite Hugh Grant, but I have to keep reminding her, he wasn’t ‘the’ Hugh Grant in 1988. He was just as charming even back then,” she stated.
The plot of the film revolves across the arrival of Allan in Nineteen Thirties Kolkata for work. He lives with Gayatri’s dad and mom, Narendra (Soumitra Chatterjee) and Indira (Shabana Azmi), and shortly a romance develops between them. When their romance is revealed to the family by Gayatri’s sister, it turns the household the wrong way up.
Meanwhile, the discharge of the movie was restricted because of the controversy round the subject material and the allegations surrounding the supply materials. Gayatri’s character was reportedly based mostly on the Indian poet Maitreyi Devi, who was believed to have had an affair with the writer of the guide. Maitreyi Devi was reportedly sad with how the guide’s depicted issues about her non-public life to satisfy the context of a East-meets-West romance.
In response, she even wrote the model of the story from her perspective, within the 1974 novel Na Hanyate (It Does Not Die). The novel then went on win the celebrated Sahitya Akademi Award. Maitreyi Devi had additionally filed a courtroom case in opposition to the producer, Philippe Diaz in Kolkata.
The Bengali Night is now obtainable to look at on YouTube.