Director: Ardhendu Sen; Writer: Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, Jyotirmoy Roy; Cast: Chhabi Biswas, Dhiraj Bhattacharya, Jahar Ganguly, Tulsi Chakraborty, Jahar Roy, Anup Kumar, Sandhyarani, Sabitri Chatterjee, Sikha Bag, Sova Sen
Summary: Based on a minor novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, the author of Pather Panchali (1929), Hotel had already been successfully adapted to the stage for the Rangmahal theatre in Calcutta (1953). The plot revolves around two rival hotels at the Ranaghat railway station. The establishment run by Bechu Chakraborty (Ganguly) is winning because of its excellent cook, Hajari Thakur (Bhattacharya). The maidservant Padma (Sandhyarani), envious of the cook’s reputation, steals some utensils from the kitchen and frames the cook, who is arrested. On his release, he starts the Adarsha Hindu Hotel. It becomes popular and he wins the contract to start a restaurant at the railway station itself. In the end, he has the satisfaction of employing his former boss as well as the troublesome Padma, which he does without losing his humility.