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Directed by Utpalendu Chakrabarty
Produced by Department of Information & Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal
Written by Utpalendu Chakrabarty
Akshay Upadhyay (Hindi dialogue)
Story by Utpalendu Chakrabarty
Starring Om Puri
Anil Chatterjee
Shyamanand Jalan
Sreela Majumdar
Music by Utpalendu Chakrabarty
Cinematography Shakti Banerjee
Edited by Bulu Ghosh
Release date
1982 (India)
23 February 1983 (Berlin International Film Festival)
Running time
98 min
Country India
Language Bengali

Chokh (English: The Eyes) is a 1982 Indian Bengali film directed by Utpalendu Chakrabarty, with Om Puri, Anil Chatterjee, Shyamanand Jalan and Sreela Majumdar in lead roles. The film is set in 1975 and the oppression and exploitation of Jute mill workers in Kolkata.[1][2]

At the 30th National Film Awards he won the awards for Best Feature Film as well as Best Direction award for the director.[3][4]


The film is set in during the Emergency period in December 1975. Jadunath a labour union leader, of Jethia Jute Mill in Kolkata has been given death sentence, for the murders of owner Jethia’s brother, and another worker, even though he never committed them. Before dying, he pledges his eyes for donation. However, when the mill owner finds about this, he tries to manoeuvre the medical system to get both the eyes for his blind son. Meanwhile, the doctor discovers that the donation papers provided by the Jethia to be fake. Soon the mill workers get united behind the widow of Jadunath and hold protest rally against the injustice.



  1. ^ "Chokh". Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Chaudhuri, Sukanta (1990). Calcutta, the Living City: The present and future. Oxford University Press. p. 313. 
  3. ^ "30th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "30th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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