Aparna Sen’s outstanding debut film, set in post-independence Calcutta, portrays the life of an Anglo-Indian teacher, Violet Stoneham (perfectly played by Jennifer Kendell), who lives at 36 Chowringhee Lane with only her cat for company. One Christmas Day, she meets by chance an ex-student, Nandita and her boyfriend, Samaresh, an aspiring writer. The couple befriend the single woman so as to use her apartment as a private love-nest while she is at work teaching. Enjoying their company, Violet begins to believe the young lovers are her only true friends.

Winner of the best film prize at the National Film Awards, 36 Chowringhee Lane has become a classic of Indian cinema.


Followed by a discussion with Aparna Sen

About Aparna Sen

Aparna Sen is an acclaimed Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, and actress known for her impactful contributions to Bengali cinema. She has directed several award-winning films, including 36 Chowringhee Lane and Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, showcasing her adept storytelling and nuanced portrayal of human relationships. As an actress, she has delivered memorable performances in films like Ghare Baire and Aranyer Din Ratri, establishing herself as a versatile talent in Indian cinema.