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Chiriakhana 1967 DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by Harendranath Bhattacharya
Written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay
Satyajit Ray
Starring Uttam Kumar
Music by Satyajit Ray
Cinematography Soumendu Roy
Edited by Dulal Dutta
Distributed by Balaka Pictures
Release dates
29 September 1967
Running time
125 min.
Country India
Language Bengali

Chiriakhana or Chiriyakhana (Bengali: চিড়িয়াখানা; English: The Zoo)[1] is a 1967 Bengali film by Satyajit Ray. It is a whodunit suspense thriller, starring Uttam Kumar as Byomkesh Bakshi. The title means "The Zoo".[2] The screenplay is by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.


The story revolves around a retired judge, Mr. Nishanath Sen, who stays at a farm house called Golap Colony (The Rose Colony) at the outskirts of Calcutta. The people who stay in the colony are a strange melee of handicaps, social outcasts and ex-convicts. One day the judge is murdered under mysterious circumstances. The local police assign Byomkesh to the investigation. As a close acquaintance of Sen, Byomkesh is more than willing to solve the murder mystery. Through many twists and turns in the story, he goes on to solve the mystery.



Occasion Award Awardee Result
15th National Film Awards Best Direction Satyajit Ray Won
Best Actor Uttam Kumar Won


  1. ^ Bhattacharya Supriya (1 September 2009). Impressions 8, 2/E. Pearson Education India. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-81-317-2777-5. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Andrew Robinson (1989). Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye. University of California Press. pp. 231–. ISBN 978-0-520-06946-6. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 

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