Pakaoo brings to you Best Bengali Movies of All Time – On OTT

  1. Baishe Srabon
  • Why Stream?

A former cop is resorted to, for help by the detective department of Police, in order to solve a mysterious case of serial killing. Baishe Srabon will always be considered a masterpiece for its perfect presentation of a psycho-thriller story.

  • Director: Srijit Mukherjee
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Cast: Prosenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Abir Chatterjee, Gautam Ghose
  • Music: Anupam Roy
  • Theatre Release Year: 2011

2. Meghe Dhaka Tara

  • Pakaoo Rating: 10/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

The struggling life of one of the most prominent film directors and intellectuals of Bengal, Rittwick Ghatak is presented in the backdrop of contemporary politics. This film has brought about the distress of a common man, and how his creative greatness is neglected by the people initially and later given the value of standing as priceless.

  • Director: Kamaleswar Mukherjee
  • Genre: Biography, Drama
  • Cast:    Saswata Chatterjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee, Rahul Banerjee, Joydeep Mukherjee, Abhijit Guha, Ritwik Chakrabarty, Anindya Bose, Mumtaz Sorcar, Bidipta Chakrabarty, Subhasish Mukhopadhyay, Biswajit Chakraborty, Debpratim Dasgupta
  • Music: Debojyoti Mishra, Salil Chowdhury, Rabindranath Tagore
  • Theatre Release Year: 2013

3. Muktodhara

  • Pakaoo Rating: 9/10
  • Platform: Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

If you are in the dark today, you can come out in the light, only if you wish to from your heart—Muktodhara is a story of returning to the path of the good, by killing the devil in yourself. It’s a story of renaissance of the convicted in correctional homes.

  • Director:  Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Nigel Akkara, Debshankar Haldar, Bratya Basu
  • Music: Joy Sarkar and Surojit Chatterjee
  • Theatre Release Year: 2012

4. Meghnadbodh Rahashya

  • Pakaoo Rating: 9/10
  • Platform: Netflix
  • Why Stream?

The plot of the film has no resemblance to the epic by Michael Madhusudan Dutta. It reflects how Indrajit and Vibhishan are present in the reality, in the backdrop of political structure. Meghnadbodh Rahasya is one of the underrated movies, expressing beautifully that how weak a character can be, and there is no worse punishment than guilt.

  • Director: Anik Datta
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Cast: Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Abir Chatterjee, Sayoni Ghosh, Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, Kalyan Roy, Sauraseni Maitra, Vikram Chatterjee
  • Music:
  • Theatre Release Year: 2017

5. Abohoman

  • Pakaoo Rating: 8.5/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Why Stream?

Abohoman brings out the complications of illicit love, fuelled by the huge difference in age between Aniket (a filmmaker) and Shikha (a newcomer). In the process, Aniket’s wife Deepti gets separated and Apratim, their son takes care of his father during the last days of his life. This film is one of the most significant films in Rituparno’s career, marking the fine lines of difference between what one should love and what one actually loves.

  • Director: Rituparno Ghosh
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast: Dipankar De, Jisshu Sengupta, Mamata Shankar, Riya Sen, Ananya Chatterjee
  • Music: 21 Grams
  • Theatre Release Year: 2010

6. Bhooter Bhabishyat

  • Pakaoo Rating: 8.5/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Why Stream?

Bhooter Bhabishyat is the struggle of group of Bengali spirits to save their one and only resting place—Chowdhury Palace. A rib-tickling story with perfect script and well bound plot.

  • Director: Anik Datta
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
  • Cast: Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Paran Bandopadhyay, George Baker, Swastika Mukherjee, Biswajit Chakraborty, Mir Afsar Ali, Sreelekha Mitra, Samadarshi Dutta
  • Music: Raja Narayan Deb
  • Theatre Release Year: 2012

7. Khaad

  • Pakaoo Rating: 8.5/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
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Khaad is a story of resilient patience; it is a collective album of the confessions of a group of tourists, unknown to each other, blurting out some unpleasant truth about themselves in to shed off some load from their hearts.

  • Director:
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Cast: Pallavi Chatterjee, Ardhendu Banerjee, Lily Chakravarty, Rudranil Ghosh, Gargi Roychowdhury, Kaushik Ganguly, Bharat Kaul, Saheb Bhattacharya, Mimi Chakraborty, Tanushree Chakraborty, Tridha Choudhury, Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Kaushik Banerjee, Rajdeep Ghosh, Maasud Akthar, Praytay Basu
  • Music: Indraadip Dasgupta
  • Theatre Release Year: 2014

8. Mukherjee Dar Bou

  • Pakaoo Rating: 8.5/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

Conflict between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law—absolutely normal. But the same conflict due to psychological complications originating from loneliness, not that normal. The story begins with two women engaging in domestic quarrels and finally becoming each other’s best friends, both trying to become: Mukherjee Dar Bou.

  • Director: Pritha Chakraborty
  • Genre: Drama, Family
  • Cast: Anusuya Majumdar, Koneenica Banerjee, Rituparna Sengupta, Aparajita Auddy, Badshah Moitra, Biswanath Basu
  • Music: Indraadip Dasgupta, Rabindranath Tagore
  • Theatre Release Year: 2019

9. Shubho Mahurat

  • Pakaoo Rating: 8/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

Shubho Mahurat begins with the mysterious death of an actress. The film delineates how the fire of revenge never extinguishes sometimes, until it gets the smell of death.

  • Director: Rituparno Ghosh
  • Genre: Drama, Crime Fiction, Mystery
  • Cast: Sharmila Tagore, Raakhee, Nandita Das, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Sumanta Mukherjee, Anindya Chatterjee, Kalyani Mondal
  • Music: Debojyoti Mishra
  • Theatre Release Year: 2003

10. Hemlock Society

  • Pakaoo Rating: 8/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

We often get disgusted with our lives and say: I don’t want to live anymore. What if you are consciously placed in a classroom where everyone is given the training to die? Well, Hemlock Society is a movie focussing on a huge social message, in the garb of drama, comedy and romance.

  • Director: Srijit Mukherjee
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
  • Cast: Parambrata Chatterjee, Koel Mallick, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Dipankar De, Roopa Ganguly
  • Music: Anupam Roy, Indraadip Dasgupta
  • Theatre Release Year: 2012

11.  Apur Panchali

  • Pakaoo Rating: 7.5/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

Apur Panchali revolves around the life of Subir Banerjee, a child actor for Apu in the film of Pather Panchali, the debut film of the legendary Satyajit Ray. It beautifully portrays the similarities in the life of Apu and Subir, and how this actor was completely forgotten despite Pather Panchali being a milestone in not only Indian, but International cinema.

  • Director: Kaushik Ganguly
  • Genre: Drama, Family, History
  • Cast: Ardhendu Banerjee, Parambrata Chatterjee, Parno Mittra, Gaurav Chakrabarty
  • Music: Indradeep Dasgupta
  • Theatre Release Year: 2014

12. Chokher Bali

  • Pakaoo Rating: 7/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Why Stream?

Based on the Bengali novel of Tagore, Chokher Bali is the life of the wants and desires of a young widow of those days. The film will take drive you back to the era, where some desires of women had to be locked up deep within, to save some families from tearing apart.

  • Director: Rituparno Ghosh
  • Genre: Novel
  • Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Raima Sen, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Lily Chakravarty
  • Music: Debojyoti Mishra
  • Theatre Release Year: 2003

13. Chotushkone

  • Pakaoo Rating: 7/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

Four pillars of a table getting replaced with four film plots of death, or perhaps four characters of story years back with a forgotten central producer—Chotushkone is another perfect thriller with a plot of perfect thrill and flawless script.

  • Director: Srijit Mukherjee
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Cast: Aparna Sen, Chiranjeet Chakraborty, Goutam Ghose, Parambrata Chatterjee, Payel Sarkar, Indrashish Ray
  • Music: Anupam Roy
  • Theatre Release Year: 2014

14. Madly Bangali

  • Pakaoo Rating: 7/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

Madly Bangali is a reflection of the struggles of the youth, where they are subjected to the confusion between passion and profession. The story of a band with each character associated with having a story to tell—Madly Bangali is a story of emotional and financial crisis and yet the motivation of believing that everything will be fine at the end.

  • Director: Anjan Dutta
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Cast: Supriya Choudhury, Anjan Dutt, Lew Hilt, Chandan Sen, Saswata Chatterjee, Aparajita Auddy, Sudipa Basu, Siddhartha Chatterjee, Baisakhi Marjit, Biswajeet Chakrabarty, Soumya Kanti De Biswas, Anubrata Basu, Tanaji Dasgupta, Sumeet Thakur, Roshni Bose, Anasuya Sengupta, Pijush Ganguly, Biswajit Chakraborty
  • Music: Neel Dutt
  • Theatre Release Year: 2009

15. Rajkahini

  • Pakaoo Rating: 6/10
  • Platform: Hoichoi, Amazon Prime
  • Why Stream?

Rajkahini beautifully elucidates how partition of India post-independence affected people through the story of one brothel of 11 women, where they had to give up their lives as the border of Mountbatten passed through the middle of their house.

  • Director: Srijit Mukherjee
  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Saswata Chatterjee, Kaushik Sen, Jaya Ahsan, Jisshu Sengupta, Abir Chatterjee, Sudipta Chakraborty, Lily Chakravarty, Parno Mittra, Saayoni Ghosh, Priyanka Sarkar, Sohini Sarkar, Ridhima Ghosh, Ditipriya Roy, Ena Saha, Rudranil Ghosh, Kanchan Mullick, Biswajit Chakraborty, Nigel Akkara, Rajatava Dutta, Shataf Figar
  • Music: Indraadip Das Gupta, Rabindranath Tagore (Bharat Bhagya Bidhata)
  • Theatre Release Year: 2015

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