BHUVAN SHOME (1969)
Bhuvan Shome is a 1969 Hindi film directed by Mrinal Sen. Based on a story by Balai Chandra Mukhopadhyay, this film is considered a landmark in the Modern Indian Cinema. This film is one of the earliest attempts at what came to be known as art house or new wave cinema in India.
Bhuvan Shome is an upright and disciplinarian Bengali officer in the Railways in the 1940s. A lonely widower and in his 50s, Mr Shome is so strict that he has even dismissed his son from his job when he went on a leave without information. Naturally his subordinates live in a mortal fear of him and curse him behind his back. Shome is proud of his reputation and is fierce in protecting it. However, a time comes when even someone like Shome starts getting bored of his regimental life. Seeking escape in a holiday he sets off on a bird hunting trip to a remote corner of Gujarat. Little does he realize that this rejuvenation adventure would introduce him to a world poles apart and that he would find it the most joyous experience of his life. His new world consists of simple, uninitiated village folks, a bullock-cart drive along long mud tracks, marauding buffalo and Gauri. In Gauri, Shome finds a fresh, throbbing pulse in a dying world.