Family drama is perhaps the most admired genre in India. An entire generation has grown up watching Hum Aapke Hain Koun. In fact, we still watch movies like these whenever we get a chance. That’s the beauty of such stories. The audience immediately connects with films revolving around familial ties. There are many remarkable family-based movies made in regional languages. Here are some gems from Bengali cinema that beautifully depict family bonds.
A contemporary story of a girl (Tuku) with no talent, whereas her sister is a complete contrast. Their parents are worried about finding a good match for Tuku. Things get interesting when a prospective groom’s family expects her to learn knitting. It’s interesting to see how Tuku learns to weave a sweater – and her dreams!
Biswanath decides to divorce his wife after 49 years of marriage. Coming to terms with this unexpected crisis, his grown-up children begin working on their own married lives. As the drama unfolds, the younger couples begin to value their relationships. This emotional story touches the heart and teaches great lessons on marriage and companionship.
Mamtadevi is an old lady who loses her husband on the day of his retirement. Her son-in-law deceitfully sells her mansion and sends her to an old-age home. All she is left with is her husband’s last letter. She finds solace in reading it and reminiscing the good times spent in the past. The movie aptly depicts the situation when children leave their parents during their toughest times.
Aryanil goes to meet his 84-year-old father upon hearing about his illness. He gradually begins to understand the harsh realities of ageing and assumes the role of a parent. It is heart-touching to see them reconnect and cherish precious moments. The movie depicts a father-son relationship with great sensitivity.
Aditi does everything to please her mother-in-law (Shobharani). She is also a doting mother and efficiently manages the house. On the other hand, Shobharani is a caring grandmother along with being an irksome mother-in-law. However, the dynamics of the house change after the sudden demise of the father-in-law. The story beautifully navigates through the complex saas-bahu relationship.