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Ek Din Achanak

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Director  Mrinal Sen
Music director  Jyotishka Dasgupta
Language  Hindi
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Mrinal Sen
Country  India
Ek Din Achanak movie poster
Release date  1989
Writer  Ramapada Chowdhury (short story), Mrinal Sen
Cast  Shabana Azmi (Neeta), Sheeram Lagoo (Professor), Aparna Sen (Professor's student), Uttara Baokar (Neeta's mother), Roopali Ganguly (Seema)
Similar movies  Apradhi Kaun? (1957), Koshish (1972), Dard Ka Rishta (1982), Mrinal Sen directed Ek Din Achanak and And Quiet Rolls the Dawn, Tapasya (1976)

Ek Din Achanak (Hindi: एक दिन अचानक, English: Suddenly, One Day) is a 1989 art film directed by Mrinal Sen, based on a Bengali novel, Beej by Ramapada Chowdhury.




One evening, in the midst of torrential rains, a professor (Shreeram Lagoo) goes out for a walk and fails to return. As the evening stretches into days and the days into weeks with no sign of him, his family struggles to regain their footing and to understand what might have caused him to leave. Slowly they return to their daily activities. The professor's son Amit (Arjun Chakraborty) establishes his fledgling business; his younger daughter Sima (Roopa Ganguly) resumes her studies at college; and his elder daughter, Neeta (Shabana Azmi), the backbone of the family, returns to her office job.

Behind the facade of normalcy, though, the family is deeply wounded. Amit enjoys success in his business but is bitter and dour. Neeta has a very patient and supportive boyfriend (Anjan Dutt), but the relationship is stuck in a holding pattern. And their mother (Uttara Baokar) suffers debilitating depression. Their hesitant attempts to piece together the professor's state of mind before his disappearance raise more questions than they answer: Was he having an affair with a former student (Aparna Sen)? Was his academic career crumbling? Was he a plagiarist?


  • Shabana Azmi - Neeta
  • Shreeram Lagoo - Professor (Neeta's father)
  • Aparna Sen - Student
  • Uttara Baokar - Neeta's mother
  • Roopa Ganguly - Seema (Neeta's sister)
  • Arjun Chakraborty - Neeta's brother
  • Manohar Singh - Neeta's uncle
  • Anjan Dutt - Neeta's boyfriend
  • Lily Chakravarty - Neighbour
  • Anil Chatterjee - Arunbabu
  • Awards

  • 1989: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress: Uttara Baokar
  • 1989: Venice Film Festival: OCIC Award - Honorable Mention: Mrinal Sen
  • References

    Ek Din Achanak Wikipedia
    Ek Din Achanak IMDb Ek Din Achanak

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