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The Broken Nest (Nashtanirh) – Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

A simple story with not too many drastic twists, but what happens during the course of time, changes the lives of a married couple forever. An unlikely love triangle that wasn’t intended to be, but still it was.

The story of Broken Nest starts in the courtroom where Mini is being sentenced. Bhupati, a newspaper editor, is sitting in the audience noting down the happenings in the courtroom. He belongs to an affluent family, but his dreams of running a successful newspaper keep him busy most of the time, leaving his wife, Charulata, lonely. Charulata, a beautiful young woman, talented and educated, seeks to resume her singing lessons to overcome her loneliness. Enter the younger cousin of Bhupati, Amol, who is studying law but is more interested in music. A jolly character, Amol is soon invited to stay over by Bhupati, so that he could teach music to Charulata, thus bringing a solution to her loneliness issues. 

Charulata and Amol who always shared a sweet bhabhi-devar relationship, begin to bond more over music. The house is filled up with their songs, laughter, poetry and music. Charulata’s thoughts are filled with Amol and his music and she doesn’t realize that she hasn’t been thinking much about her husband. Meanwhile, Bhupati suffers a setback, when he realizes that his brother-in-law, who worked with him, embezzled his money and ran away along with his wife. Bhupati confesses this to Amol and asks him not to reveal about it to Charulata, because she would be hurt with her brother’s deeds. Bhupati though shaken decides to renew pursuing his dream as he still has the support of his darling wife, Charulata.

This jolts Amol out of the daze he had been in and discovers that he had become more closer to Charulatha than he ought to be. Realising that Charulata is not able to identify the troubles in Bhupati’s life and that she has her eyes and ears only for him, Amol decides to remove himself from the equation and agrees to an alliance, which he had refused to earlier. A decision, that leaves Charulata shattered for she is unable to come to terms with it. She pleads Amol not to go, not to leave his music, not to leave … her … alone. But what is unlikely, does not happen and Amol leaves.

Crestfallen, Charulata loses her interest in music, in the sounds of the birds, in all those little things that she derived pleasure from. Bhupati tries to warm up to her by writing poetry, playing music; but to no avail. Soon , he realizes that her thoughts are filled up with Amol and that he has taken up a special place in her heart. Bhupati is heartbroken. The only support who he thought would always be with him, is now lost in another’s thoughts.

He decides to take up a job in Mysore. Charulata pleads to take her with him. Bhupati says he would, if she believed that he would be able to fulfill her lonely life. Charulata decides to stay back and so they part ways.

Anurag Basu’s version of the very popular story ‘The Broken Nest’ (Nashtanirh) in the series ‘Stories by Rabindranath Tagore’, is a treat to watch with outstanding performances by all the actors, especially Amrita Puri who played ‘Charulata’ very earnestly. The highlight of this version is the brilliant background music and the three beautiful songs, two of them by popular singer Shaan. ‘Kora ye man …’, ‘Kali kali mandaraye …’, ‘Do nain kanwal …’ set to Rabindra Sangeet are quite mesmerizing.

 

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6 Comments

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    rhea sinha
    August 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Durga di this seems to be the same as the Bengali movie Charulata that Indi and Indu di recommended in our chat once. Simple moments of daily life captured in the narration, but the end is too heartbreaking. Almost as if there is no way out of the tangles of love. The promo looks lovely.

    • Reply
      DurgaS
      August 18, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Yes Rhea, it’s the same story. Tagore’s story was named Nashtanirh or Nostoneer which means Broken Nest. Satyajit Ray named his movie Charulata as that’s the name of the protagonist. Along with Chokher Bali and Kabuliwala, this is another one among the widely popular and discussed Tagore stories. I haven’t seen the movie but I did like Basu’s version. In the book, the common interest between the protagonists is literature. Here it is music; which worked out quite well. The music and songs are really good. 🙂

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    nishu
    August 24, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Lovely narration of one of my all time favorite story ‘Noshtonir’… I saw this promo few days back, nd the song ‘kora yeh mann’ too is in music of ‘jodi taare nai chinibo’ a song i love , its lovely… since this series started in epic channel, I’m regretting why its not available in my country… wish they uploaded the episodes online… I’m very curious to see how they came out… these are the stories i spent my teenage life reading… nd seeing the promos it feels Anurag Basu is making it as original as possible… wish i could see them…

    • Reply
      DurgaS
      August 31, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Nishu. Thanks for reading and liking. Yes ‘Kora ye man’ is the Hindi version of ‘jodi taare’. And the other two songs are beautiful too. Anurag Basu is creating a beautiful series and it is a pleasure to watch them. Last that I heard, I think they are working on a mobile app where all shows can be seen. I hope there would be an online portal too to watch them. There is a huge demand for releasing the episodes of many shows online. We have to wait and watch, what comes up.

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    Nishtha
    August 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I just watched the series ‘Stories by Rabindranath Tagore’ on Netflix. I cannot tell how refreshing it felt. I have been a probashi Bangali for too long. And this series just made me so proud to be a Bengali. To know that today, I can read these stories in its native language Bengali, makes me feel eternally blessed. I have suggested this to so many people. Non-bengali Indians and people from so many different countries. And they love it!

    It is beautifully made! I could see that they have tried to keep the essence yet make it universally appealing and understanding.

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      DurgaS
      August 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Hello Nishtha. Welcome to Writersbrew. Thanks for commenting. You are lucky that you can read the original works of Tagore. The Stories by Rabindranath Tagore is a well made series. Though I realise that they haven’t adapted it exactly. But the essence is surely there. The music and visuals are quite spectacular. Tagore stories are universal. They can be understood by anyone from any region or era. I am glad they are reaching out worldwide. Thanks for spreading the word. 🙂

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