Hatey Bazarey

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Hatey Bazarey
Directed by Tapan Sinha
Produced by Asim Dutta
Written by Tapan Sinha (script)
Banaphool (story)
Starring Ashok Kumar
Ajitesh Bandopadhyay
Bhanu Bandopadhyay
Music by Tapan Sinha
Cinematography Dinen Gupta
Edited by Subodh Roy
Distributed by Priya Films
Neptune Distributors
Release date
  • 25 June 1967 (1967-06-25)
Running time
133 minutes
Country India
Language Bengali

Hatey Bazarey or Hate Bazare (Bengali: হাটে বাজারে; English: The Market Place) is a 1967 award-winning art film by noted Bengali director Tapan Sinha[1] and produced Asim Dutta, the story revolves around the conflict of good and evil. The film starred by Ashok Kumar, Vyjayanthimala in her first Bengali venture,[2] Ajitesh Bandopadhyay in the lead with Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Samit Bhanja, Rudraprasad Sengupta, Gita Dey as the ensemble cast of the film.[3] The film was produced by Priya Entertainment Production Limited owned by Asim Dutta.[4]


Dr Anadi Mukherjee (Ashok Kumar) is the civil surgeon in a small market town in a tribal-dominated small town in Birbhum. He is a god-like figure, loved and respected by both the poor tribal folks of the area like the beautiful young widow Chhipli(Vyjayantimala), Jagadamba the vegetable seller and old women like Komlididi and Nani (Chhaya Devi) and the bigwigs of the area like the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police Mr. Pandey. Dr Mukherjee is a workaholic and lives with his young wife Manu who has a chronic heart ailment. He comes into conflict with Lacchmanlal (Ajitesh Bannerjee), the son of the local feudal lord Chhabilal, a veritable rogue who lusts after Chhipli who is protected by the good doctor. After the death of his wife Manu, Dr Mukherjee leaves his official job and utilizes his savings to start a mobile dispensary for the poor. Lacchmanlal gets irritated by his actions and spreads canards about Dr Mukherjee’s relationship with Chhipli who had been appointed as trainee nurse in the medical team. On the night of a tribal festival, Lacchmanlal tricks Chhipli into a tryst and attempts to rape her. Dr Mukherjee gets the news and in a fight with Lacchmanlal strangles the villain to death while getting mortally injured. The next morning he dies, but the work of the clinic is carried on by Chhipli and others of the team under the guidance of a young doctor who had earlier been reprimanded by Dr Mukherjee.




This film's story was based on a novel written by Banaphool with the same name.[2] The novel won several awards including Rabindra Puraskar Award in 1962.

Box office[edit]

The film was one of the most successful Bengali films of the 1960s.[2]


Ceremony Award Category Nominee Outcome Ref.
13th Asia Pacific Film Festival Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Film Tapan Sinha
Asim Dutta
Won [2]
32nd Annual BFJA Awards Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Indian Film
15th National Film Awards National Film Awards Best Feature Film
Best Actor Award Ashok Kumar Nominated
Presidential Award 1968 Presidential Award Best Film Tapan Sinha
Asim Dutta
1st Phnom Penh Film Festival Phnom Penh Film Festival Silver trophy (Cup of honour)


  1. ^ "Film-maker Tapan Sinha passes away". Rediff. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d boorback. "Tapan Sinha". Upperstall.com. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Bengali actress Gita Dey dead". Kolkata: Sify. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  4. ^ Ashish Mitra (2009-11-17). "Priya Entertainment to venture into multiplexes in Bengal and Bhutan". Indiantelevision.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  5. ^ Ranjan Das Gupta (2010-10-22). "Romancing the camera". Coimbatore: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  6. ^ Pandit Shimpi (04-05-2001). "Films: 1968 files". Screen (magazine). Retrieved 2011-05-14.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "BFJA Awards (1968)". Gomolo.com. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 

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