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Tapan Sinha's ATITHI bears a striking resemblance to Jatrik-directed PALATAK. In both the films the protagonist is a wanderer intermittently escaping the bindings of family life and setting off to discover new people and places. The only difference is that the protagonist Tara in ATITHI is a small boy (played by actor Partha) whereas in PALATAK it was a grown up man (Anoop Kumar).
Watching a film six decades after it was made in poor print quality reinforces the need to restore such classic films for posterity. ATITHI has a few lilting flute tunes of Tagore composition.
ATITHI takes us back to a world where a sense of the wonder lurked in the child about the unknown. They found joy and happiness in the simple charms that life offered taking a dip in the village pond or gaping at the antics of the performer of a circus or Jatra (a kind of theater in Bengal). This is one of the biggest losses mankind has suffered in the wake of the onslaught of 24×7 TV Channels and the Internet. That child in us with curiosity about the most mundane of things is now truly dead.
Ajitesh Bandopadhyay and Smriti Sinha act in supporting roles.
Rating: 3.8 out of 5
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