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Upperstall Review


Bengali, Drama, 1960, B/W

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Hospital is one of those 'women's pictures' of Suchitra Sen that have not held up well with the passage of time at all. Though hugely popular and considered bold in its timeas it showedSen taking the option of becoming an unwed mother, the film ploddingly moves to a melodramatic finale as estranged fiance Ashok Kumar has to perform surgery on her to save her life.

The film is one of quitea few melodramas that Sen did against the medical profession as a backdrop - Sagarika (1956), Harano Sur (1957), Deep Jweley Jai (1959) andSaptapadi (1961) among others and admittedly Sen looks as luminous as ever (she had a face made for closeups) and gives a trademark woman-suffering-with-great-dignity performance but finally it's the film that lets her down. Ashok Kumar gives an adequate enough performance in support.

The film begins with an early extremely well taken long tracking shot following Ashok Kumar in his house but fails thereafter to show any such further technical innovations with more and more of frontal, static, eye-level mid-shot compositions. Sadly, badly handled in particular is the picturization of the all time great Geeta Dutt solo and one of the biggest hits of Bengali cinema's golden age - Ei Sundar Swarnali Sandhya.

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