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36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)

  • GenreDrama
  • LanguageBengali, English
  • Run Time122 mins
  • Length3345.83 meters
  • Number of Reels13
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingA
  • Censor Certificate Number4884
  • Certificate Date29/08/1981
  • Shooting LocationKolkata

"36 CHOWRINGHEE LANE" is the story of Violet Stoneham, an ageing Anglo Indian Schoolteacher who lives in a dingy apartment in Calcutta and teaches Shakespeare to a class of inattentive school girls. In fact, Shakespeare is her one great love and brightens up her otherwise uneventful existence.

A pair of young lovers walk into her life one Christmas morning and break up its well regulated pattern. Nandita and Samaresh are tired of sneaking kisses in taxis and start using her apartment as a meeting place. In the process, a warm and exciting relationship grows up between the young lovers and the old lady.

Just as this new found friendship becomes paramount in the old teachers life, the young couple get married. They do not need to use her place any longer. They now have one of their own. After they have gone, Violet Stoneham's life refuses to fall back into its earlier pattern and she lives in constant hope. Perhaps they will come back, her young friends.

Christmas comes around once again, bringing with it a final rejection from the couple, and the old lady realises that she is extraneous to their lives.

Violet Stoneham finds her final solace in her beloved Shakespeare. The film ends with her reciting aloud from King Lear on a deserted winter night, with a stray dog as her only audience.

(From the official press booklet)



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