Meghe Dhaka Tara

A Film by Ritwik Ghatak Arguably Ghatak's finest work, The Cloud-Capped Star (Meghe Dhaka Tara) is a dark melodrama set in late Fifties Calcutta about a refugee family and the struggle of Nita, the oldest daughter, to keep them afloat and together. It is a bitter critique of the family as an institution and also of the harsh social and economic conditions arising from Partition - the trauma that defined Ghatak as an artist. With its sparse script, audacious expressionist soundtrack and a starling cinematic elegance, The Cloud-Capped Star is undoubtedly a modern masterpiece infinitely compassionate and humane while remaining resolutely unsentimental.

Ritwik Ghatak
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April, 1960