Film fare Award winner
Best Feature Film in English
36 Chowrighee lane is a very sensitive account of a lonely old Anglo Indian lady (Violet) living in Calcutta. In the time of this film India has been independent from the British Raj for about 30 year. A new Indian identity is emerging Calcutta has a cosmopolitan young culture well versed with the west however in the culture Violet has no place she is an outsider.
Violet lived in these changing times her family are dead tends to their graves with care. Her only surviving relative is an infirm brother and she had lost her betrothed to the war.
Yet she struggles on in life with fortitude and without bitterness. She loves the country she was born in and treats everyone with kindness.
As her age creeps up on her she realizes that the new times have no place for her. Her naivety and her emotional weakness is exposed and she is left pondering her future in a large and a ruthless city.
This film serves as an excellent epilogue to the end of the Empire in India. It shows the individual suffering that the ordinary people went through. Especially the anglo Indian after their privileged status was withdrawn by history and some were left to fend for themselves.
Starring: Jennifer Kapoor, Debashree Roy, Soni Razdhan, Dhritiman Chatterjee
Produced by Shashi Kapoor
Music by: Vanraj Bhatia