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Antareen (1993)

  • Release Date1993
  • GenreDrama
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageBengali
  • Run Time91 mins
  • Length2495.73 metres
  • Number of Reels10
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU
  • Censor Certificate Number5855 (Kolkata)
  • Certificate Date30/08/1993

Based on one of the most remarkable stories ‘Badshahat Ka Khatimah’ by Sadat Hasan Manto, Mrinal Sen’s ‘Antareen’ (Confined) is a detailed psychological study of two trapped souls who fail to build a substantial emotional connection.

The film focuses more on the inner turmoil of individuals. The narrative follows a struggling writer stuck in an old-world Calcutta mansion who is in search of any kind of inspiration for his upcoming novel but nothing is working out for him. 

The struggling writer (Anjan Dutt) one day gets an interesting phone call from a woman (Dimple Kapadia) who seems to be looking for someone to just talk to. As the conversation goes on the writer soon realizes that the woman over the telephone might be confined in her mundane life and has been away from society for quite some time.

Now, they slowly try to bridge the gap and it channels creative energy for the writer and he now understands in order to come out of his writer’s block he should utilize the emotions behind the woman’s experiences for the sake of his new novel.

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