Bangla Movie Jhor Starring Utpal Dutt, Rabi Ghosh, Samir Majumdar, Sagarika Adhikari, Sumitra Mukherjee

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Posted on April 26, 2011 by admin in Calcutta Movies
Bengali film Jhor, released in 1979 is Directed by Utpal Dutta. Prasanta Bhattacharya scored the music in the film. The film opens with a calling of rolls in Derozio’s class in Hindu College. Derozio teaches his pupils the need of scientific doubt and patriotism. He preaches the ideas of the great French Revolution. A suttee Saraswati is rescued by Derozio’s pupils, who take her straight to Derozio’s residence where she finds shelter. Nahush Sharma, who was trying to burn her alive to take possession of her property, complains to Raja Radhakanta Dev, the undisputed leader of the Hindu community. Dev asks Derozio to return Saraswati. Derozio refuses and Dev declares war against Derozio. Plots are laid, Hindu fanatics rouse mobs, the college is picketed, Derozio stoned. On suttee being abolished, Saraswati decides to go home, but is kidnapped by Nahush Sharma, who then tortures her son to make her confess publicly that Derozio has outraged her modesty. Meanwhile, Dukhina, Derozio’s best pupil, and Emilia, Derozio’s sister, develop a kind of juvenile love, which causes consternation in Hindu society. Dukhina is chained and whipped by his father, drugged and detained, but he breaks free and rejoins his master. But all these charges finally sway the Board of Governors of Hindu College, and Derozio is sacked. More, his pupils are forbidden to visit him. The tragedy lies in the fact that Dukhina, Derozio’s favorite pupil, testifies against his master before the Board. Dukhina continues to live a wild life, abusing Derozio publicly. Derozio does not acknowledge defeat but sells all his books and furniture to publish the weekly ‘East India’, and continues to mount attacks on hindu superstition and British exploitation. He is publicly insulted in a dinner, when Saraswati is finally made to denounce him. But Derozio goes on fighting. Saraswati, having carried out her mission for the sake of her son, returns to find him dead. And Derozio is down with cholera, his pupils break college rules and gather by his side, while a mob burns his effigy outside.

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10 Responses to “Jhor”

  1. abcd Says:

    bhalo cinema….

  2. Anindito Says:

    Its an one act play but boaring… 6 out of 10…

  3. Anita Says:


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  5. pippa Says:

    Good one…

  6. Sona Says:

    it shows how wonderfully only two characters can carry a whole film; just amazing..!!

  7. Kajal Mallick Says:


  8. Chandrima Says:

    Asadharon movie o durdanta abhinoy…

  9. Abhijit Says:

    Sorry people, who are saying its a boaring movie. Actually you are habited to watch such kind of morality less movies. Please don’t try to watch this kind of movies, its not for you.

  10. Semanti Says:

    Oh! I really really LOVE THIS MOVIE from my inner heart! Even I have no word to express how much I love this! It’s a memorable creation indeed. Story, dialog, cast, acting, music & above all the message given by it,- all are incomparable! This movie has a great influence on me, I have been completely overwhelmed with it! I wept after I watched it for the first time!
    Totally agreed with Abhijit. The people who likes to watch fall of humanity & death of moral values in movies, books etc, can NEVER realize the message of this movie “Jhor”, just like the orthodox leaders of Hindu community could not realize Sir Derozio that days. I know the popularity of “Jhor” is very low(even in Youtube, number of views is very little). But I think we still have such people around us who can understand “Jhor” as Sir Derozio’s students & noble personalities of that days understood him & his ideals.

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