Shakha Prosakha, a Bengali film from the Satyajit Ray stable, is a reflection of the changing times and values in the Indian society. The now aged Ananda Majumdar (Ajit Banerjee) was an upright small-town businessman who has earned money and respect the hard way, and gone on to become a social icon of honesty and integrity. When he falls ill, three of his four sons, visit him from the city along with thier families. As much as they love thier
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father for his virtues, thier opinions clash and it becomes evident that they have not been able to emulate him in their lives. While two of his sons have compromised on their road to success, his youngest son - in trying to stick to "old world" morals- is a professional failure. The fourth son, who is mentally retarded (played brillianty by Soumitra Chatterjee) is ironically the only one who has been able to hold on to his father's mantle. Brilliant charecterizations and engaging dialogues make this film a Ray masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Biswa