Deep jwele jai
or Deep Jweley Jai
(, To light a lamp) was a Bengali
movie directed by Asit Sen
released in 1959.
This is a story of a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, played by Suchitra Sen
. Sen's character is a part of a team exploring new therapy for patients who have suffered emotional trauma. The approach taken by the team is to offer these individuals an emotional resort, which is where Sen's character plays her part. Her role is to act as a friend and a lover for the patient, but at the same time, refrain from any emotional involvement on her own part as her role is purely that of a nurse who is helping the patient recover. She has to repeatedly break the emotional attachments that she experiences because as a nurse, she is a part of therapy.
The movie looks at the neglected emotional trauma of this nurse who is used merely as a tool in the whole process of therapy. The movie ends by showing that the Sen is being admitted to the same ward where she used to be a nurse. The last words in the movie are uttered by Sen, who whispers out "I wasn't acting, I couldn't" indicating that she indeed fell in love with her patient! Also cast among others, were Pahari Sanyal
, who plays a veteran doctor eager to explore new grounds, but hesitant of the human costs. Basanta Chowdhury
plays as an artist and a lover-scorned.
The music was directed by Hemanta Kumar Mukherjee
, and one of the songs, "Ei raat tomar...