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Cloud Capped Star (2013)

Meghe Dhaka Tara (original title)
To Ritwik Ghatak film was not merely a form of entertainment, but a weapon, a medium to portray struggle of common men. He was successful neither in his career nor he could he become a good... See full summary »

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Nilkantha Bagchi
Ananya Chatterjee ...
Abir Chatterjee ...
Dr. S. P. Mukherjee
Rahul Banerjee ...
Anil Chatterjee
Joydeep Mukherjee ...
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Abhijit Guha ...
Salil Choudhury
Padmanabha Dasgupta ...
Kali Banerjee
Anindya Bose ...
Mrinal Sen
Mumtaz Sorcar ...
Supriya Devi
Bidipta Chakraborty ...
Shobha Sen
Subhasish Mukherjee ...
Bijon Bhattacharya
Biswajit Chakraborty ...
Charuprakash Ghosh
Arup Kumar Ganguly ...
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Anindya Pulak Banerjee ...
Mental Asylum Patient
Debapratim Dasgupta ...
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To Ritwik Ghatak film was not merely a form of entertainment, but a weapon, a medium to portray struggle of common men. He was successful neither in his career nor he could he become a good family man or husband. Still he was an artist who never compromised for personal gain, fame or profit. The story of the film starts in 1969 and deals with Ritwik Ghatak's time spent in a mental asylum. It shows Nilkantha being admitted to mental asylum under the supervision of Doctor S. P. Mukherjee. S. P. Mukherjee learns that the Prime Minister of India knows Nilkantha and is fond of his works and may request the hospital authority to take special care of him. In the hospital a police officer sees Nilkantha and tells Doctor Mukherjee that he is a wasted drunkard. Another patient of hospital mocks Nilkantha as "disgraced intellectual". Even he was undergoing treatment in the hospitals, he writes a play and stages it with other asylum patients. The film shows how Durga (Nilkantha's wife) wants to ... Written by rupak_speaking

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This is a biographical film about the Bengali filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak. But the main character of this film named Nilkantha Bagchi, because this is the main character name in Ritwik Ghataks last film 'Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo' in which the director himself played the lead role highly influenced by his own sad biography. See more »

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A fitting tribute
14 October 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Meghe Dhaka Tara is a fitting tribute to the great Ritwik Ghatak from Kamaleswar Mukherjee. In style, in substance, in form and even in its stark duo-tone, this new Meghe Dhaka Tara is a throwback to the great director's universe.

Kamaleswar explores Ritwik Ghatak through a fictional character, Nilkantha Bagchi, who is Ritwik's alter-ego in this film. Meghe Dhaka Tara explores Ritwik's thoughts, his wishes, goals and frustration, his tremendous relationship with his wife (played by Ananya Chatterjee) mostly in flashbacks through his dreams, thoughts and visions. The visuals of these flashbacks are hence an overlap across time and space and some of these sequences are very much among the high points in the film. There are adaptations from incidences in his films and his actors, assembled in a collage put together with care to tell Ritwik's story. I have watched only two of Ritwik's films (the original Meghe Dhaka Tara and Subarnarekha) in their entirety till now (and hence admit sadly to being as guilty as most in being among the villains in Ritwik's story!) and hence wasn't fully able to relate to all the sequences. However, it must be said that the way Kamaleswar interpreted and borrowed from these films proved his deep love and respect for his subject.

As I said, the interweaving of characters, incidents and images in the dream/ dream-like sequences is certainly a wonderful aspect of this film. The juxtaposition of the Fifth Symphony in the scenes of Nilkantha's shock treatment, which somehow reminded me of Kubrick's The Clockwork Orange, was another stunning piece of film-making. The screenplay was measured too, while handing out Nilkantha a few lines which are bound to be etched in memories.

Saswata Chatterjee, in a powerful performance, is Nilkantha Bagchi. A brilliant performance from him only leaves one hungry for more such acts from him. As for Ananya, I don't know if her casting was in any manner influenced by her acting in a period drama on TV, but her looks and mannerisms fit in absolutely snugly with her character here and she plays Nilkantha's supportive wife endearingly. The music, like the look of the film, is inspired by Ritwik Ghatak, and adds superbly to the storytelling, from the beginning till the very end.

It is perhaps only in the optimistically tilted climax that Kamaleswar conforms, in what is an otherwise tremendous tribute to one of Bengal's greatest directors. Hopefully, it will arouse a new wave of interest in the life and works of Ritwik Ghatak. It has certainly done the trick for me.


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