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Shubho Mahurat (2003)

An actress mysteriously dies after the "Shubho Mahurat," a celebration of the first shot of the film. A journalist and her perceptive aunt investigate.

Director:

Rituparno Ghosh

Writers:

Sudeshna Bandyopadhyay (english translations), Agatha Christie (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sharmila Tagore ... Padmini Choudhury
Nandita Das ... Mallika Sen
Kalyani Mandal Kalyani Mandal ... Kakoli Sinha (as Kalyani Mondal)
Moumita Gupta Moumita Gupta ... Kalpana
Aparajita Adhya Aparajita Adhya ... Pramila
Tota Roy Chowdhury ... Arindam (as Tota Roychowdhury)
Anindya Chatterjee Anindya Chatterjee ... Subhankar (as Anindya Chattopadhyay)
Rajesh Sharma ... Sunil
Kaushik Banerjee Kaushik Banerjee ... Pranabesh (as Kaushik Bandyopadhyay)
Jishu Sengupta ... Kanai
Dibya Bhattacharya Dibya Bhattacharya ... Abani Majumdar
Sumanta Mukherjee Sumanta Mukherjee ... Sambit Roy (as Sumanta Mukhopadhyay)
Rakhee Gulzar ... Ranga Pishima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saket Bandyopadhyay Saket Bandyopadhyay ... Boy at the Stairs
Satrajit Bandyopadhyay Satrajit Bandyopadhyay ... Boy at the Stairs
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Storyline

After twenty years living abroad, Padmini Choudhury, an actress-turned-producer, returns to India to make a film with her director husband Sambit Roy. Journalist Mallika Sen reports on the first day filming celebration, and accompanies actress Kakoli home to conduct an interview. Arriving home, Kakoli becomes violently ill and passes away. The police discover that Kakoli was poisoned earlier that day, and everyone from the "Shubho Mahurat" celebration becomes a suspect. Mallika investigates the case, but it is her perceptive aunt, Ranga Pishima, who puts the clues together. Written by L. Hamre

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

25 July 2003 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyilkosság a forgatáson See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jagannath Productions See more »
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Color:

Color
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Last film of Raakhee Gulzar. See more »

Goofs

Padmini is handed a drink without a straw in it. However, the shot used for the flashback is a different take and the glass has a straw in it. See more »

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Version of The Mirror Crack'd (1980) See more »

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This day and age
2 February 2007 | by david-bond-2See all my reviews

This day and age? Difficult to see why a novel that formed the basis for a popular (if not very good) American film in the 1980s and an excellent British television adaptation in the nineties should somehow have become so antiquated in 2003. Agatha Christie novels never work terribly well as whodunnits in film versions since it is almost impossible to duplicate in a film the devices she uses so superbly to fool readers in her novels. What Rituparno Ghosh has done is something very clever indeed. He has rewritten the piece so that in effect the whodunnit elements become less important and the psychological elements of the story (never a particular strongpoint with Christie) are much enhanced. The adaptation to an Indian situation is extremely adroit and all in all this is quite the best film (as opposed to television) adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel that I have ever seen (and I think one way or the other I have seen most of them).


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