There is no doubt that Bengali cinema has a rich cultural history. The Bengali film industry has always produced great films, especially those made by giants like Satyajit Ray, who astonished not only Indians but even filmmakers worldwide. The Bengali cinema has some of the best Indian movies one can watch, and since subtitles have become available on most streaming platforms, it has become easier to consume content in languages one does not necessarily understand. Is it really necessary for us to limit ourselves to just two or three languages? There are a number of excellent Bengali movies out there. You won’t regret watching them at all!
Top 10 Must watch Bengali movies list
If you know who to trust and who to trust not, choosing a movie to watch isn’t a fraught decision. The list will be regularly updated and meticulously rearranged as new films are released.
1. Pather Panchali (1955)
Harihar Ray (Kanu Bannerjee), an impoverished priest seeking a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. Harihar’s wife, Sarbojaya (Karuna Bannerjee), cares for his rebellious daughter, Durga (Uma Das Gupta), and her young son, Apu (Subir Bannerjee), as well as his elderly aunt Indir (Chunibala Devi). While their parents suffer daily humiliations, the children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult lives.
2. Praktan (2016)
Ujaan and Sudipa are a married couple who have parted ways due to differing ideologies that they hold. On a train journey from Mumbai to Howrah, they bump into each other years later on a train journey that takes them across India.
3. Parineeti (2019)
The story begins with Mehul, a teenager, falling in love with her tutor, Babai, who is an exceptional student and who inspires her. After hearing the news that he had committed suicide, her world is turned upside down.
4. Bhooter Bhabishyat (2012)
The film tells the story of a group of spirits who, in their idiosyncratic ways, try and save their only haunt, their resting place, as some unscrupulous builders attempt to tear it down to construct a modern monstrosity in its place.
5. Belaseshe (2015)
Biswanath decides to divorce his wife Aarti after fifty years of togetherness and raising three daughters and a son together. He believes that his married life has run its course and that he does not have anything new to offer to his wife.
6. Bijoya Dashami (2022)
In this story, we follow the story of a 45 year old woman who goes missing while visiting her native place while on a vacation. The only son of this woman lodges a police report and the investigation leads the police department to uncover some shocking and heart-wrenching hidden truths of this woman’s life.
7. Aparajito (1956)
As the second part of Satyajit Ray’s famous Apu trilogy, this Indian drama focuses on young Apu, who lives along the banks of the Ganges River with his mother, Sarbajaya (Kanu Bandyopadhyay), and father, Harihar (Pinaki Sengupta). In order to be near relatives, Apu and Sarbajaya move to a small village when Harihar dies suddenly. It is only after a long period of time that she reluctantly permits her son (now played by Smaran Ghosal) to attend school in Calcutta. The absence of Apu is causing Sarbajaya to struggle as he adjusts to life in the city.
8. The World of Apu (1959)
Apu Roy (Alok Chakravarty) a young unemployed man, living in poverty and trying to become a writer, finds himself in this lauded Indian drama, the third in a trilogy. Apu (Swapan Mukherjee) is persuaded to attend a family wedding by his old school friend Pulu (Swapan Mukherjee). In an effort to be a responsible husband, Apu finds a job and becomes closer to his wife, but tragedy strikes again, leaving him at a crossroads.
9. Rajkahini (2015)
As a result of the shifting political scenario during the Partition, Begum Jaan, who runs a brothel in a village in Bengal that borders India and Pakistan, is desperately trying to save her business from going out of business.
10. Asur (2020)
A young artist, Kigan, decides to construct the largest Durga idol in the world at Deshbandhu Park. However, the enmity between friends and bruised egos are threatening to destroy his mammoth undertaking as a result of the enmity between them.
Conclusion: Despite being a small industry, the Bengali film industry continues to produce some of the most entertaining films in the country. Here is a list of some of the best Bengali cinemas to look forward to in the near future.
While some of these films are highly anticipated, others have grabbed the attention of the media because of their stellar cast and innovative content. Check out our updated list of the best Bengali movies of the year.
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