Aranyer Din Ratri Bengali Arayra Dinartri, Days and Nights in the Forest is an Indian Bengali adventure drama film released in 1970 and directed by Satyajit Ray. It is based upon the Bengali novel of the same name by Sunil Gangopadhyay. It was one of the earliest films to employ the literary technique of the carnivalesque. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 20th Berlin International Film Festival. A sequel Abar Aranye directed by Goutam Ghosh was released in 2003.
Of the four friends, Asim Soumitra Chatterjee, the leader of the pack, owns the car they drive in, has a cushy job, likes the company of girls and yet is very conscious of how he should be perceived by them. Sanjoy Subhendu Chatterjee is a labour executive but would ideally want to immerse himself in literature. Hari Samit Bhanja, a frank and straightforward cricketer, wants to forget the girl who dumped him. Shekhar Rabi Ghosh is the jester of the party, the only one without a job. He has a roving eye but stays sober when his friends get drunk and vent their frustrations. They set out for the tribal Palamau, in Bihar, to tear themselves away from their regulated city life. They had read legends about this land, the tribal women who are open and simple and beautiful. Wanting to break rules, they force a stay in a forest rest house by bribing the chowkidar, burn a copy of a newspaper in a symbolic gesture of cutting ties from civilization, deliberate on whether to shave or not and walk through the forest to get drunk at a country liquor shop. Hari gets close to tribal Santhal girl Duli Simi Garewal when she approaches the group for extra drink.Their resolve to be unshaven collapses when Shekhar sights two ladies Aparna Sharmila Tagore and her sisterinlaw Jaya Kaberi Bose in the forest. The four introduce themselves to this family and in the midst of the forest, the two urban groups of people are almost relieved to find someone from their part of society. Asim flirts with Aparna and coaxes her to show her room. He is attracted to the elegant and enigmatic Aparna, but is unable to keep pace with her composure, presence of mind and intelligence. Later Jaya invites all of them for breakfast the next day. At night the four friends go to drink alcohol again in the country liquor house. Hari is upset because he cannot see Duli Simi Garewal whom he had met previous night. While returning to their rest house, they stumble upon a car which they shout at without realizing it a