Bhuvan Shome is a lonely widower, a proud old man and a strict disciplinarian. Looking back on the trodden path, strewn with staunch determination and drab attitudes, Bhuvan Shome, a throughtly unenchanted man, seeks escape in a holiday. Off to duck shooting in Gujarat, Bhuvan Shome little ralises that the rejuvenation adventure would hurl him into a world so apart that he would find it the most joyful experience in his life. His new world consists of simple, uninitiated village folks, a bullock-cart drive, marauding buffalo and Gouri. In Gouri, Bhuvan Shome finds a fresh, throbbing pulse in a dying world. And suddenly everything lights up, perhaps heightening his sense of isolation, in his new found joy.
Born in May 1923, Mrinal Sen was reader and copy editor, independant journalist and medical supply salesman – without knowing anything of medecine – before directing his first feature film in 1956, and being convinced right away that it wasn’t his calling. He directed another long feature in 1959 which was a success. He continued directing regularly after that, and still is controversial. He wrote for several years about cinema and its aesthetics.