After a month or so, yesterday i got some time to watch a movie. Though i had very many great movies on the queue, i wanted to watch this. And i was very impressed with Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) .
Apart from Ray, I hardly knew any Bengali directors whose works are acclaimed worldwide. Few months back, i got to know about this legend Ritwik Ghatak. No wonder why Bengal is famous for Tigers. This is the fourth feature film directed by Ghatak, and it definitely speaks a lot.
The movie revolves around the life of a beautiful woman and her middle-class family living in the suburbs of Kolkatta. The protagonist, Neeta portrayed by Supriya Choudhury is probably in her late 20’s. After attending her M.A classes, she takes tuition to earn 40 rupees per month.
As a school teacher, her father is able to run his family with the help of his daughter. Neeta’s elder brother Shankar, wants to become a singer and he spends all of his time in practicing, making his contribution to the family almost nil. She also has a sister who comfortably enjoys the life under Neeta and her father’s shadow, which is again a burden to the family. Her younger brother Montu, goes to college. Her mother is a homemaker and the sheer want, due to the family’s poverty had changed her in the past ten years to turn rude to her family.
To the surprise, Neeta is in love with Sanat, who is well educated and still not ready to take up any job. Now, what awaits in her store is the rest of the story. The movie is more about the struggles faced by women in the process of supporting their family. Even in the midst of emotional scenes, Ghatak was able to show some fun too. In the name of review, i don’t want to uncover the story any more further.
The music for this film by Jyotirindra Moitra was thoroughly enjoyable. I just loved the Indian classic. Just fabulous. The lyrics were written by Rabindranath Tagore. If you have a bit of patience and admiration to watch an Indian B&W movie, this Bengali masterpiece is for you.
Meghe Dhaka Tara– Disturbing, Ingenious.
Watch the trailer here.
For the pleasure of Music,
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