Shakha Proshakha (Branches of the Tree)
1990, India. 130 min, Color, In Bengali with subtitles.
Shakha Proshakha (Branches of the Tree) was the second-last film directed by Satyajit Ray.
Ananda Majumdar (Ajit Bannerjee) a wealthy and retired industrialist, and a moral and upright 70-year-old patriarch of the family lives with his third son Proshanto (Soumitra Chatterjee). He collapses during a banquet being given in his honor and his three other sons rush to be at his bedside. Proshanto, considered to be the black sheep of the family, spends most of his time listening to music.
The two eldest sons are businessmen and live corrupt lives and do not want their father to find out. The eldest son has been stealing money from the company he runs, the second son has been loosing money at racetrack, The youngest of the four is planing to give up his stable job to become an actor.
As they quarrel with one another and reveal these secrets. Unbeknown to them their father learns about his sons. As Ananda Majumdar recovers he is a little wiser and disappointed in his three sons, and Proshanto is no longer the the black sheep of the family.
|Producer:||Satyajit Ray Productions, Gerard Depardieu (D. D. Productions), Daniel Toscan Du Plantier (Erato Films) and Soprofilms|
|Original Screenplay & Direction:||Satyajit Ray|
|Art Direction:||Ashoke Bose|
|Sound:||Pierre Lenoir, Sujit Sarkar, Jyoti Chatterjee|
|Music:||Satyajit Ray, Bach, Beethoven|
|Ananda Majumdar:||Ajit Bannerjee|
|Probodh, the eldest son:||Haradhan Bannerjee|
|Proshanto, the second son:||Soumitra Chatterjee|
|Probir, the third son:||Deepankar Dey|
|Protap, the fourth son:||Ranjit Mullik|
|Uma, Probodh’s wife:||Lily Chakravarty|
|Tapti, Probir’s wife:||Mamata Shankar|