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The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)

Meghe Dhaka Tara (original title)
A selfless young woman (Supriya Choudhury) sacrifices her own happiness for her unappreciative family.

Director:

Ritwik Ghatak (as Shri Ritwik Kumar Ghatak)

Writers:

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

Credited cast:
Supriya Choudhury Supriya Choudhury ... Nita
Anil Chatterjee ... Shankar (as Anil Chattopadhyay)
Gyanesh Mukherjee Gyanesh Mukherjee ... Banshi Dutta (as Gyanesh Mukhopadhyay)
Bijon Bhattacharya Bijon Bhattacharya ... Taran Master
Gita Dey ... Mother
Gita Ghatak Gita Ghatak ... Gita
Dwiju Bhawal Dwiju Bhawal ... Mantu
Niranjan Ray Niranjan Ray ... Sanat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abhi Bhattacharya
Satindra Bhattacharya Satindra Bhattacharya
Jamini Chakraborty Jamini Chakraborty
Suresh Chatterjee Suresh Chatterjee ... (as Suresh Chattopadhyay)
Ranen Ray Choudhury Ranen Ray Choudhury ... Baul singer (as Ranen Chowdhury)
Arati Das Arati Das
Narayan Dhar Narayan Dhar
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Storyline

"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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Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

14 April 1960 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Star See more »

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Production Co:

Chitrakalpa See more »
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1.33 : 1
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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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Followed by Subarnarekha (1965) See more »

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Meghe Dhaka Tara
22 March 2008 | by rajdoctorSee all my reviews

This movie by Ritwik Ghatak is on the list of most of the Indian big times directors as one of the best movies of Indian cinema. The name of the movie means Cloud Capped Star – what a lovely name.

The story is about a girl Nita (Supriya Choudhury) in a family who have migrated to India from Bangladesh, after the partition and staying in a small West Bengal town in poverty. Nita is the second child in the family of two boys, two girls and parents. After her father's (Bijon Bhattacharya) health detoriates she has to take the responsibility of being the bread winner – because she is educated. Her beloved elder brother Shankar (Anil Chatterjee) is an aspirational singer and does not want to work. Her younger brother Mantu (Dwiju Bhawal) leaves his studies and becomes a daily laborer. Nita's boy friend Sanat (Niranjan Roy) gets attracted to her sister Gita (Gita Ghatak) and marries her. Nita carrier the burden of all these silently, but it takes toll on her health and mind – who is finally sent to treatment in a remote hospital where Shankar goes to meet her in the end of the movie.

The movie though latent in high emotions is a superb story unfolding, with so much humanness that it touches your heart even today – through it (sometimes) melodramatic 1960 style.

This was the first movie of Ritwik Ghatak that I have seen till date, and I consider myself fortunate, because Ritwik was called by the Life Time Oscar winner Satyajit Ray as his inspiration and Satyajit Ray always considered Ritwik the best in India.

Ritwik presents the drama with such finness of light and darkness, using great visuals, sound and symbols to present a tender emotion. The foliage, the train, the mountains, the soul rendering vocals remain with you for long after the movie.

A must see for all the students of good cinema. A master piece indeed! (Stars 7.75 out of 10)


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