Made in 1967-68, “Chowringhee” continues to remain as a landmark film in the history of Indian filmdom, Be if the premises, the conception, the characters or the philosophy, “Chowringhee” exists as an endangered blend of art & commerce. Pinaki Chowdhury made this film from a novel of writer Shankar & he himself conceived the screenplay with considerable acumen. The film is based upon the characters & incidents surrounding a 5 star central Kolkata hotel with an extremely philanthropical tinge. The protagonist is played by Subhendu Chatterjee who gets employed under the dynamic “Sata Bose” (Uttam Kumar) & his experiences there on. Uttam’s Sata Bose continues live as one of the most charismatic characters of Bangla film legacy. Ashima Bhattacharya’s melodious background score supplements the ideology emphasized by the director & gives a felling of eternity within mundane objects. The camera work is not great, may be because there is brief scope for frame to frame dynamism as most of the sequences are indoors. The performances of such a huge ensemble cast are the catalyst for the success of this film. Besides Uttam Kumar, Utpal Dutta, Supriya Debi, Anjana Bhaumik, Dipti Roy, Bhanu Banerjee, Biswajit & Jahar Roy give outstanding performances making their characters “real & living”. “Chowringhee” was a commercial as well as critical success & one of the most vibrant ventures of Pinaki Chowdhury. A must watch!