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 Mallick
Soham Chakraborty
Lily Chakravarty
Mamata Shankar
Cinematography Barun Raha
Edited by Dulal Dutta
Release date
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, lives with his 2nd son and aged father who is 93 yrs old. The 2nd son Prashanto who is mentally ill spends his time listening to music. On his 70th birthday, he suddenly falls ill during a ceremony in his honor. His other 3 sons who live away rush immediately to his bedside.

The eldest sons is a high-ranking officer in a company and the 3rd son is a businessmen. They 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 and corruption, has left his job and joins a professional theatre company to be away from corruption. During the family meals, tensions are accentuated. Dingo, the only child learnt about the corrupt ways of his father and uncle. Waiting for resolution of their father's health crisis, the four brothers and their families reminisce and relive ideological differences.

One day, all of them except the 2nd son went for picnic. There the youngest son informed everyone that he left his job as he was not able to tolerate the corrupt practices of the officers. On the last day, Dingo goes to see his grandfather and unknowingly revealed to him about the dishonesty of his father and eldest uncle. This conversation is also heard by Prashanto. Then the families, unaware that their father now know about their corrupt ways, came to goodbye Ananda. After their departure, Ananda feels heartbroken knowing that his 2 children are dishonest. Prashanto comes to meet his father and his father reveals to him that he is now everything to him.

Other credits[edit]


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 Mallick NA
Uma Probodh's wife Lily Chakravarty NA
Tapti Probir's wife Mamata Shankar NA
Dingo Grandson Soham NA
Reporter - Pradip Mukherjee NA


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