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The Bengali Night, directed by Nicolas Klotz, is a 1988 drama based on a novel by philosopher Mircea Eliade called "Bengal Nights" which was inspired by his affair with Maytrei Davi, a Bengali poetess. Allan (Hugh Grant) is a British engineer working in Calcutta, India, building roads and bridges. He lives with his girlfriend Guertie (Anne Brochet) and doesn't do much to embrace Indian culture despite living in the country for two years. One day, Allan's boss, Narendra Sen (Soumitra Chatterjee), sends him into the jungle to work on a new project. While there, Allan he falls ill and stays at Narendra's home to recover where he meets Indira (Shabana Azmi), Narendra's wife, and Gayatri (Supriya Pathak) and Lilou (Poornima Pathwardhan), Narendra's daughters. During his stay, Allan falls in love with Gayatri. Unfortunately, romantic love between a white man and an Indian woman is not tolerated and Allan and Gayatri must suffer the consequences of their affair.