Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
The "third daughter" in this excellent, intended trilogy by acclaimed Indian director Satyajit Ray got axed in the final cut when Ray decided to keep his film at its current 116 minutes. The first story in the set, both based on tales by Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore is titled "The Postmaster" and relates how Ratan (Chandana Bannerjee) an orphan, is befriended by a Calcutta poet, Nandalal (Anil Chatterjee), when he comes to Ratan's remote village to take over the postmaster's job and hires her as a servant girl. His kindness extends to teaching her to read and write and she, in turn, is devoted to him. Faced with the difficulties of living in abject poverty, the postmaster has to choose between staying with Ratan or returning to the city. In the second story, "Samapti" or alternately, "The Conclusion," a student returns home from law school to discover that his overbearing mother has arranged a marriage for him with a local woman from a respectable family. Rebelling against this traditional custom, the young man decides to marry the tomboy he loves, with interesting results.
couple, engagement, friendship, law-student, marriage-arranged, orphan, poet, post-office