Aranyer Din Ratri

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Original title অরণ্যের দিন রাত্রি
(Aranyer Din Ratri)
Country of production India
original language Bengali
Publishing year 1970
length 112 minutes
Director Satyajit Ray
script Satyajit Ray
production Nepal Dutta , Asim Dutta
music Satyajit Ray
camera Soumendu Ray
cut Dulal Dutta

Aranyer Din Ratri ( Bengali : অরণ্যের দিন রাত্রি , araṇyer din rātri ; translated: days and nights in the wilderness ) is an Indian feature film by Satyajit Ray from 1970. It was based on a story by Sunil Gangopadhyay .


The Kolkata friends Asim, Sanjoy, Shekhar and Hari drive over the weekend by car to the country to Palamau ( Bihar , today Jharkhand ). You rent a Forest Rest House by bribing the caretaker, because it is actually only available with advance notice, as indicated by a sign at the entrance to the property. He assumes that he needs the money for his sick wife, but can hardly do any catering. After they have settled in, they go for a walk in the forest and end up in the next village, where they get drunk in a bar . They get to know the also completely drunk Santal woman Duli and Hari, who had been abandoned by his girlfriend a few days earlier, particularly likes her.

The next morning Shekhar - a strange, but neglected guy - discovers two ladies walking past the bungalow . After breakfast, they set off to find the ladies and are invited to his property by the father / father-in-law of the two. While Sanjoy, Shekhar and Hari are playing badminton with their daughter-in-law Jaya , Asim uses the opportunity to get closer and lets his daughter Aparna show her around the area. They arrange to meet for breakfast the next morning.

Duli shows up with two other Santal women and Shekhar keeps them busy with housework - he sees it as "tribal welfare". Hari gets into an argument with a villager because he suspects him of stealing his wallet. While the other three wash themselves at a well in front of the property, Aparna and Jaya come by in their car and bring back Hari's party monkey that he lost in badminton.

In the evening the four go back to the village and get drunk. On the way back they dance drunk in front of a car, not knowing that Aparna and Jaya are sitting in it. They overslept the agreed breakfast and instead invite the women to a picnic. Meanwhile, the owner of the bungalow appears and wants to throw her out, but he is appeased by Aparna and Jaya, whom he knows.

They have a picnic and play a memory game where Aparna intentionally lets Asim win. Then they visit a fairground in the neighboring village with carousel and santal dances and have fun in pairs, Aparna and Asim, Jaya and Sanjoy, Shekhar gambled away his money and Hari runs with Duli into the forest for a sexual adventure. The villager with whom he was at a dispute is observed and then knocked down by him with a club and robbed of his wallet.

Meanwhile, Asim and Aparna have a conversation that shows their affection for one another, but she only gives him her phone number in Kolkata with the prospect of a continuation of the looming liaison. Sanjoy has returned to Jaya for a cup of coffee in their bungalow. He does not react to her direct attempt at physical approach, she is injured and throws him out. On his way home, Shekhar finds the bleeding Hari wandering through the forest and takes him with her. Asim and Aparna pass the caretaker's house on their way back and see that his wife is really very ill.

The next morning they drive back to Kolkata.


In a constellation of confrontation between town and country typical of Satyajit Ray and with psychological sensitivity, the film exposes the characters of the four friends before they change their consciousness in the course of the plot. At first with a condescending urban attitude and a penchant for jokes, in the end Asim, Sanjoy and Hari are serious and have the impression that they have learned something.

Aranyer din ratri was published on January 16, 1970. It is widely regarded as a tribute to Jean Renoir's films . Ray helped Renoir find locations for his film The River ( The River , 1951) and was inspired by him to become a director himself. In terms of both style and content, Ray used Renoir's impressionist film Eine Landpartie ( Une partie de campagne , 1936). Other critics also compared Aranyer din ratri with the works of Anton Chekhov or William Shakespeare's comedy Lost Love Labor .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ His Career ( Memento of December 10, 2007 in the Internet Archive )

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