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In Satyajit Ray?s Days and Nights in the Forest - four city-bred youth had wandered into the jungles for a vacation. In this film three of them return to the forest on a trip down memory lane.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 16:53 IST

Original Title:AbarAranye
India, 2003
Director: Goutam Ghose

In the 60s - in Satyajit Ray’s Days and Nights in the Forest - four city-bred young men had wandered into the jungles of Palamau for a vacation. In the new millennium, three of them decide to return to the forest on a trip down memory lane in Again in the Forest.

One of the friends, however, has died while another is dying of cancer. And they are now accompanied by their spouses and children. Even the forest is different because Ray’s Palamau is now unsafe for tourists.

The three middle-aged protagonists try to relive the past. The only one who is forced to encounter the unknown is the one who is dying. Yet the unknown continues to intrude through their offspring. Their innocent holiday in a picturesque setting seems almost unreal. Till reality strikes in an unusual way.

Goutam Ghose, Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay


Goutam Ghose

Moloy Banerjee

Goutam Ghose

Principal cast:
Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Tabu, Shubhendu Cahtterjee, Champa, Shashwata Chatterjee, Bidipta Chakravarty, Rupa Ganguly, Kaberi Basu, Samit Bhanja

Rainbow–T Sarkar Combines / 35mm / colour /115 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Goutam Ghose was born in Calcutta in 1950 and graduated from Calcutta University. He took an active part in theatre, worked as a photo-journalist and began making documentaries in 1973.

His first feature film in Telugu, Maa Bhumi, was made in 1979, and his first Bengali feature, Dakhal, in 1982. He followed this with Paar (1984) in Hindi. Since then he has made many award-winning films in both Hindi and Bengali.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 02:56 IST