Bhalo Theko

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Bhalo Theko
Directed byGoutam Halder
Based onJanmadin by Leena Gangopadhay
StarringSoumitra Chatterjee
Vidya Balan
Joy Sengupta
CinematographyAbhik Mukhopadhyay
Music byPrabuddha Banerjee
Distributed byAngel Video
Release date
  • 25 December 2003 (2003-12-25)

Bhalo Theko (Bengali: ভাল থেকো; transl. Take Care) is a 2003 Indian Bengali movie based on Leena Gangopadhaya's story Janmadin released in 2003. Directed by Goutam Halder, it featured Soumitra Chatterjee, Joy Sengupta, Debshankar Halder, Parambrata Chatterjee and Vidya Balan. This movie marks Vidya Balan's cinematic debut.[1] At the 51st National Film Awards, the film was awarded for Best Cinematography, Best Audiography and Special Jury Award for films producer and director.[2][3]


The film is set in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose's home in Falta, West Bengal, masquerading as Uttarpara. It deals with the story of a girl Anandi and her family (including uncle, brother, parents and sister), lover (brother's friend Babua) and few neighbours. Nature, tradition and love are Anandi's pillars of support in difficult times. Her brother will slowly drift away with companies of Naxalites, will not return home one day, and will be lost forever. Her parents will die heartbroken and her sister will get married suddenly and will leave the family. Babua will go abroad and marry somebody else.

It is implied that Anandi is forgetful of her sorrows that she was deceived by Babua (Joy Sengupta) whom she loved most. Babua comes back from abroad only to say: 'Anandi, I came back to set you free.'

Bhalo Theko has a non-linear pace with frequent jumps between current time and past. Film critics described Anandi as a large canvas painted in several hues. She stands against rootless internalisation and perplexed culture. A poem by a renowned Bangladeshi author and scholar Humayun Azad named "Shuvescha" was recited in the ending of the film by Anandi while wandering lonely in their garden.[4]



  1. ^ "Bhalo Theko". Screen. 15 August 2003. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012.
  2. ^ "51st National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  3. ^ "51st National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  4. ^ "The Daily Star Web Edition Vol. 5 Num 152". Archived from the original on 16 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-24.

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