Meghe Dhaka Tara
()(The Cloud-Capped Star) is a 1960 film by director Ritwik Ghatak
.It stars Supriya Choudhury
, Anil Chatterjee
, Gita Dey
, Bijan Bhattacharya, Niranjan Roy, and Gyanesh Mukherjee
This film was directed by alternative filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak
). In contrast to many Bollywood
films made in Mumbai
, India's main film center, Ghatak's films are formally elaborate and somber, and often address issues related to the Partition of India
. Although Partition is never explicitly mentioned in Meghe Dhaka Tara,
it takes place in a refugee camp in the outskirts of Calcutta, and concerns an impoverished genteel Hindu bhadralok family and the problems they face because of Partition.
The film is perhaps the most widely viewed film among Ghatak's works; it was his greatest commercial success at home, and coincided with an international film movement towards personal stories and innovative techniques (the so-called 'new wave'). After Ghatak's death, his work (and this film in particular) began to attract a more sizable global audience, via film festivals and the subsequent release of DVDs both in India and in Europe.
In a confirmation of the popularity of Meghe Dhaka Tara
, a recent survey by a leading Indian news group reported that the concluding line of the film, "Dada, ami baachte chai" ("Brother, I want to live") was the most well-known line of any film.Meghe Dhaka Tara
is strongly melodramatic in tone, especially as... Read More