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Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)

A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

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(as Shri Ritwik Kumar Ghatak)

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(assistant scenario writer), (scenario) (as Shri Ritwik Kumar Ghatak) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Supriya Choudhury ...
Nita
Anil Chatterjee ...
Shankar (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Gyanesh Mukherjee ...
Banshi Dutta (as Gyanesh Mukhopadhyay)
Bijon Bhattacharya ...
Taran Master
...
Mother
Gita Ghatak ...
Gita
Dwiju Bhawal ...
Mantu
Niranjan Ray ...
Sanat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Satindra Bhattacharya
Jamini Chakraborty
Suresh Chatterjee ...
(as Suresh Chattopadhyay)
Ranen Ray Choudhury ...
Baul singer (as Ranen Chowdhury)
Arati Das
Narayan Dhar
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"Meghe Dhaka Tara" tells the tragic story of the beautiful daughter of a middle-class refugee family from East Pakistan, living in the outskirts of Calcutta under modest circumstances. Neeta sacrifices everything for her family, including her personal happiness, her money, and her health, while her achievements are hardly ever recognized by the people around her. Written by meitschi

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14 April 1960 (India)  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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When Nita meets her former lover at the tree near the pond (after about 90 minutes), a microphone is visible in the top left corner. See more »

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The Cloud-Capped Star
6 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

If Satyajit Ray is the virtuoso of Indian cinema, Ghatak is the maverick. His films aren't as polished or subtle as Ray's, but he takes bold chances. Most blatantly in the sound design, with startling (and often beautiful) use of music, ambient noise, reverb, and effects that are almost sci-fi. Perhaps only Lynch is as distinctive in the employment of audio techniques. Not all of Ghatak's gambles pay off. Take, for instance, his insistence on casting the goofy Bijon Bhattacharya in most of his films. Bhattacharya's performance here isn't quite as damaging as his turn in THE GOLDEN THREAD, but it's easily the weakest aspect of the film. However, the primary focus is on Nita (Supriya Choudhury), the girl whose family walks all over her, and resent her for it in the process. As her brother chides her: "You'll suffer. Those who suffer, suffer forever." The family is a microcosm of Ghatak's obsession, the damage caused by the Partition, commenting on those who exploit the weak, and those who let themselves be exploited. It's high melodrama, but like Sirk, is done so artfully and effectively that it's a wonder to behold, with breathtaking images, unforgettable moments, and that idiosyncratic audio field.


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