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Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)

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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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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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'Violet by a mossy stone half hidden from the eye -Fair as a star, when only one is shining in the sky..'
10 September 2006 | by (Kolkata, India) – See all my reviews

'Meghe dhaka tara' or the 'Cloud-clapped Star' is definitely one of the best films ever directed in Bengali,and it vividly portrays the directing skills of Ritwik Ghatak. The story revolves around a lower-middle class Bengali family, who lived in the refugee colonies situated in the outskirts of Kolkata. The father of the family was a English teacher and his eldest son 'Shankar'(Anil Chatterjee) was a promising young classical singer while the youngest son 'Montu' played football. Nita and Gita were two sisters, the former being somewhat responsible, caring, loving while the latter was simply a beauty conscious,lazy, insincere flirt. Owing to circumstances, Nita had to work as a private-tutor in order to feed her family as no one else had any urge, capacity or rather consciousness about their poverty. Another important character of the movie was Sanat, a talented Physics research fellow whom Nita sponsored for she had affections on him. According to the story Nita a working woman, couldn't spare time on him and Gita, her sister began having relations with him and eventually they married. Nita was heartbroken and neither Sankar nor their father supported their marriage. Sanat after his marriage didn't continue his research and found himself a job of high salary. Eventually Sankar established himself as a singer, Montu found a job in a factory, while Nita's health began deteriorating. It was found she was suffering from TB. She was sent to a sanatorium upon the mountains to recover and the film ends with Nita's death. One the last scenes perhaps the best of the film wonderfully shows Nita's love for life, her urge for struggle and her positive thinking. The film's one of the most impressing assets is the song, 'Je raate mor duar Guli' song beautifully by Debabrata Biswas. It was really suitable with the sad situation after Gita's marriage. The film over all portrays the life-struggle of a promising family with contemporary middle class livelihood. Actings of Anil Chatterjee and Supriya Devi is of high quality and the over all direction, screen-play, music equally good. The 'Lost Love' by William Wordsworth finds a perfect match in the movie.


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