Shakha Proshakha

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Shakha Proshakha (Branches of the Tree)
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Directed by Satyajit Ray
Produced by Satyajit Ray Productions, Gérard Depardieu (D. D. Productions), Daniel Toscan Du Plantier (Erato Films) and Soprofilms
Written by Satyajit Ray
Starring Ajit Bannerjee
Haradhan Bannerjee
Deepankar Dey
Soumitra Chatterjee
Ranjit Mullik
Soham Chakraborty
Lily Chakravarty
Mamata Shankar
Cinematography Barun Raha
Edited by Dulal Dutta
Release dates
12 June 1992
Running time
130 min.
Country India
Language Bengali

Shakha Proshakha (Bengali: শাখা প্রশাখা) is a 1990 Satyajit Ray film. It deals with four generations of a well-to-do Bengali family, with a focus on the third generation.


Ananda Majumdar, a wealthy, retired industrialist, suddenly falls ill during a ceremony in honor of his seventieth birthday. Three of his sons rush immediately to his bedside. The 2nd son, Proshanto, already lives with his father. He spends his time listening to music and is mentally ill.

The two eldest sons, who are businessmen, live corrupt lives and do not want their father, an uncompromising moralist who believes in work and honesty, to find out. The youngest of the four, weary of office life, would love to become an actor. During a family meal and a picnic, tensions are accentuated. Waiting for resolution of their father's health crisis, the four brothers and their families reminisce and relive ideological differences.

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Producer Satyajit Ray Productions, Gérard Depardieu (D. D. Productions), Daniel Toscan Du Plantier (Erato Films) and Soprofilms
Original Screenplay & Direction Satyajit Ray
Cinematography Barun Raha
Editing Dulal Dutta
Art Direction Ashoke Bose
Sound Pierre Lenoir, Sujit Sarkar, Jyoti Chatterjee
Music Satyajit Ray, Bach, Beethoven


Character Relation Performer Notes
Ananda Majumdar Father Ajit Banerjee NA
Probodh Eldest son Haradhan Banerjee NA
Proshanto Second son Soumitra Chatterjee NA
Probir Third son Deepankar Dey NA
Protap Fourth son Ranjit Mullik NA
Uma Probodh's wife Lily Chakravarty NA
Tapti Probir's wife Mamata Shankar NA
Dadubhai Grandson Soham NA
Reporter - Pradip Mukherjee NA

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