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The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
"Meghe Dhaka Tara" (original title)

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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. ... See full summary »

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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
Gita Dey ...
Mother
Gita Ghatak ...
Gita
Dwiju Bhawal ...
Mantu
Niranjan Ray ...
Sanat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abhi Bhattacharya
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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17 October 1990 (France)  »

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Indian middle class story
5 January 2006 | by (Bangalore) – See all my reviews

The poverty and tragedy shown in the movie are overwhelming. Callousness of family members add insult to the injury. Towards the end, Neeta's desire to continue living and craving for life is difficult to reconcile. I'm tempted to compare her desire to that of Chinese who was executed recently and he gleefully claimed that at least after death the officials will cease to exploit him further. That was a generation whose only recourse out of poverty was education. There were no other resources. The entire family labored to ensure the successful education of at least one offspring. In several ways, life in the animal kingdom is easier. New-boons have a higher success rate of maturing into adults and raising their own family. This movie offers a stark comparison to the unabashed consumerism depicted in Indian movies nowadays. I guess that's a good sign, the society has evolved above subsistence levels. Nowadays, family dreams are made of palatial houses, lavish weddings and multiple cars.


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